Amazon is shutting down its cloud storage service Amazon Drive2022-07-29 20:07 by Daniela
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Amazon's consumer-focused storage service, Amazon Drive, will wind down over the next year, Amazon announced today.
Amazon Drive, formerly Amazon Cloud Drive, launched back in 2011 to provide cloud storage, file backup, file sharing, and photo printing. However, the focus is now shifting to Amazon Photos and Drive will no longer be supported after Dec. 31, 2023. That offers users a very generous 17 months to adjust their cloud storage practices.
"Over the last 11 years, Amazon Drive has served as a secure cloud storage service for Amazon customers to back up their files," said Amazon in the email sent to current Amazon Drive customers. "On December 31, 2023, we will no longer support Amazon Drive to more fully focus our efforts on photos and video storage with Amazon Photos."
Customers who still use Amazon Drive will need to download their files from the Amazon Drive website before December 31, 2023. The service will work normally until January 31, 2023, at which point customers will be able to view existing files but not upload new files.
Amazon notes that customers can continue to use Amazon Photos to back up and store their personal photos and videos. Apps are available for iOS, Android, and Desktop, and Amazon Prime members get free, unlimited full-resolution photo storage and 5 GB of video storage. (Non-Prime members get 5 GB of free storage for photos and videos.)
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