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Google cloud upgrade will cost home users

by on14 October 2020

Better not upgrade

Google Drive users who are taking advantage of unlimited storage for $12 per month on G Suite, might want to upgrade. Workspace is replacing G Suite.

While Workspace offers more features, Google is charging a lot more for unlimited storage on Workspace – $20 a month.

Currently G Suite business subscribers - which do not need to be actual businesses, but any individuals looking for greater storage capacity - can access unlimited storage on Drive for just $12 a month. For photographers with considerable backlogs of photos, this was a inexpensive cloud storage backup solution.

Google states in its plans that groups using this particular plan with four or fewer members are supposed to be only eligible for 1TB of storage each, however Google has never enforced that limit.

Unfortunately, this appears to be changing with the transition to Workplace. According to the company's list of plans, which you can view here, there is a limit of 2TB for individual Business Standard users and 5TB per person on its new Business Plus plan. To get more, you will have to go to the Enterprise level which Google says requires you to work directly with a Google sales representative. This appears to actually be the case, but Google does promise they can offer as much storage "as you need" in this category.

Pricing in that Enterprise level will cost you $20 per month ($30 per month on Enterprise Plus), nearly double the previous price for the same amount of storage. For now, G Suite customers will be able to stick with their current plans if they do not switch to Workplace, but Google is intending to move all users over to the new system eventually.

Last modified on 14 October 2020
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