Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Google revamps its paid storage plans under the Google One brand

Google revamps its paid storage plans under the Google One brand

Google is revamping its Google Drive cloud storage service to include more space, pricing tiers, and a new name.

Google's entry level paid-for cloud storage plan will cost $1.99 per month for 100GB, just like now. According to TechCrunch, there are two new storage plans: 200GB for $2.99 a month and 2TB for $9.99 a month. Up to five members can be added to a family plan, and each will have their own private storage, though you'll be drawing from the same total storage allotment.

The new plans give users more options for every budget, but you're also getting more for your money.

While most customers won't notice changes to their storage quota, as only 1 Terabyte customers get upgraded to 2 Terabytes of storage, Google revealed that Google One will provide paying customers with additional benefits.

Google doesn't appear to be replacing Google Drive, but rather creating a new structure for files stored in Drive, Gmail, and Google's Photos.

Google One also comes with two new features. Google Drive's basic 15GB free option is still available.

What will happen to Google Drive? The current 1TB plan for $9.99 will also double to 2TB. For more about cloud storage platforms, PCMag has a guide with recommendations.

While Google Drive isn't going anywhere, the paid storage plans are. This further brings "access to extras" from certain of its products, like offers on select hotels that appear on Search, or credits on Google Play. The company states that it will add more benefits over time.

Users will receive an email confirming the change, however, individuals can request a notification when Google One arrives in Australia here. Users will now get one-tap access to live Google Experts - actual humans, not AI bots - for help with any Google product or service.

Google One is set to arrive in the coming months, but won't affect G Suite business customers.

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