Google Drive also known as G Drive is a cloud storage service (just like Dropbox) offered by Google Inc. Every Google account comes with 15 GB of free storage space which is shared across Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ photos (formerly Picasa Web Albums). But if you are going to exceed this limit soon, then let’s check out in this post how to purchase additional storage space for your Google account?
While writing this post, following are the paid storage options that Google is currently providing to all its users:
- 1024 MB equals 1 GB and 1 TB equals 1024 GB. While writing this post, Google is not offering any yearly plan and above table don’t include any type of taxes or fees that is applicable in your country. Google will automatically charge your credit card on a monthly basis.
- When you purchase additional storage space for your account, it will also be shared across your Google drive, Gmail and Google+ photos. Keep in mind that Photos which are bigger than 2048×2048 pixels only use your storage space and everything smaller than that is absolutely free!
How to Purchase more Storage Space?
Follow these steps in order to upgrade your account’s storage:
1. Head over to this link: https://www.google.com/settings/storage and login there using your Google account email address for which you want to purchase additional storage. As soon as you are logged in, you will see following interface which includes details about different types of storage plans available and their respective pricing:
2. Suppose you want to purchase 100 GB of storage space for your account by paying a monthly fees of $1.99. In order to do so, click on Choose button and you will see your purchase summary:
The summary includes details about your current plan and its allotted storage space in GB, and details about upgraded storage plan after purchase.
3. Click on Continue to checkout button and if a credit card is associated with your Google wallet account, then you will see following Review your purchase box:
Note: If there is no credit card associated with your account, then the interface will ask you to setup your Google Wallet account by entering personal details like your full name, street address, city, pin code, state, country, credit/debit card number, expiration date, CVV/CVC security code and billing address.
4. Once you have reviewed all the details, click on Buy button and your credit card will be processed by Google wallet. If the card is successfully processed, then the purchased storage space will be credited to your account almost instantly or within 24 hours.
How to increase Google Drive Storage Space for FREE?
While writing this post there are certain HTC, Motorola (Moto X, Moto G. Droid ULTRA, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini) and Kensington Android devices which are eligible for free additional storage space on Google Drive. When you purchase one of these devices and launch the pre-installed Google Drive application, you will be able to see a redeem button. When you press this button, your account storage space will get instantly increased for free!
Note: For certain devices like Kensington etc., the redemption process can be completely different.
Your files and folders will remain in Google drive and you can access, download and share them without any problem. But keep in mind that when the offer expires, you won’t be able to add/sync any additional files or folders, if you are using storage space that is above your allotted quota.
If you are going to purchase a new Android device soon, then you may want to check out Google Drive’s Offers section to see a list of all devices that are eligible for free storage space and you may be able to upgrade your account storage without spending a single additional penny!
Some important things to remember:
1. Once you have successfully purchased a plan, you won’t get any refund for it even if you decide to cancel your monthly subscription after some days.
2. Once you have purchased a plan, it will get auto-renewed every month. This means that Google will automatically charge your credit card at the end of your subscription. If you want then you can always upgrade to a larger storage plan as per your requirements.
3. If you cancel your storage plan, then your storage limit will be set back to 15 GB again (limit for FREE users). Everything in your account will still be accessible, but you won’t be able to add/create/sync anything new, if your usage exceeds above 15 GB of storage space.
But keep in mind that if you are above your storage limit in Gmail, then all your incoming emails will bounce back to their respective senders.
4. If you want to cancel your subscription then head over to this page: https://www.google.com/settings/storage and click on Cancel Plan button. Once your plan has been cancelled, you will receive a confirmation email from Google and your plan will be downgraded from next month.