Amazon Drive: Online retailer pulls the plug on cloud service

Amazon Drive: Online retailer pulls the plug on cloud service

from Sarah Petzold
Amazon wants to discontinue its own cloud service Amazon Drive by the end of 2023. The company announced this in an official FAQ article on the English website. A memory for photos and videos should be retained.

If you have an account with Amazon Drive and have saved files in the cloud of this service, you will soon have to switch to another provider. Because Amazon will discontinue the offer on December 31, 2023. An official FAQ on Amazon’s US website states that the company intends to focus on Amazon Photos in the future – accordingly, cloud storage will be limited to photos and videos from 2024.

Photos and videos are automatically transferred to Amazon Photos

Amazon Drive has existed as a cloud service for files of all kinds since 2005. However, this will finally come to an end on December 31, 2023. Users have until this date to download their files and save them elsewhere. After that, access to all stored content is no longer available. It should no longer be possible to upload new files from January 31, 2023, and the associated app for Android and iOS will disappear from the app stores on October 31, 2022.

Users who have photos and videos stored in Amazon Drive can go directly to Amazon Photos. Corresponding files are automatically transferred to Amazon Photos with the setting of Amazon Drive. There is a corresponding app for iOS, Android and PC. If you want to use the app, you can log in directly with your own Amazon account. Prime subscribers get unlimited storage for photos and 5GB of storage for video files.

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Alternatives to Amazon Drive include Google Drive for €1.99 per month with 100 GB storage, Apple’s iCloud Drive with 5 GB free storage and 200 GB for €2.99 per month, and Microsoft OneDrive with 5 GB free storage and 100 GB for 2 euros per month. Larger storage volumes are also available, the prices are similar for the individual providers, some of whom also offer discounts for annual payments.

Source: Amazon (via hot)