Google is updating its storage plans and upgrading all paid Google Drive tiers to Google One, its new plan with extended benefits.
Gone are the days when people had to struggle with little storage space to safely keep their photos, videos, music, and files. In the digital era, we increasingly rely on cloud storage to keep things safe, and Google offers 15 GB of storage space for free with each Google Account.
Introducing Google One
With higher-resolution photos, 4K videos, and more, however, that free storage can fill up quickly, and yet people continue to store more files than ever. With Google One, Google is now introducing a new plan for expanded storage. It's yet to roll out, but all paid Google Drive storage plans at a consumer level will get an upgrade to Google One in the coming months.
"Initially, Google One will only be available on a limited basis. If you have a paid Drive storage plan, you'll be automatically upgraded to Google One over the coming months," Google explains. The company will send out emails soon, explaining the benefits in detail.
Google One Benefits
The new Google One comes with a number of perks and new features, aiming to improve the experience for paid Google Drive customers. First of all, Google One now brings the option to share the paid storage plan with up to five family members, making it more accessible and affordable.
At the same time Google also touts a "one-tap" customer support for various Google products, including the Google Home or other hardware, which should make it easier for customers to get assistance when they need it.
Additionally, Google may also offer free Google Play credits, which users can then put toward the purchase of paid apps, music, or other content from the app store. Other deals could also be in the mix, such as hotel room discounts.
What Changes For Google Drive Customers?
Although Google is now adding this new plan for paid consumer Google Drive accounts, the company says that it will continue offering 15 GB of free storage with every Google account. With Google One, storage options now range from 100 GB to a whopping 30 TB. One plan will no longer be available, but a new and better option will replace it. Here's what Google One will offer.
Google One Storage Plans And Prices
When it comes to options and prices, Google One offers 100 GB of storage for $1.99 per month, a new 200 GB plan for $2.99 per month, a 2 TB plan for $9.99 per month instead of the previous $19.99, 10 TB for $99.99 per month, 20 TB for $199.99 per month, and 30 TB for $299.99 per month.
The main changes here are the new 200 GB plan, the discounted 2TB plan, and the removal of the 1 TB plan that used to cost $9.99 per month. That has been replaced by the 2 TB plan, offering twice the storage at the same price.
While these paid storage plans will all become Google One plans, Google is not rebranding Google Drive itself at this point.