Microsoft begins lowering OneDrive free space to 5GB

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Back in April of this year, Microsoft announced it would start reducing OneDrive’s free storage from 15GB to 5GB until July 27th. As the date approaches, more and more users are seeing their storage reduced to 5GB, which means Microsoft has started making good on its announcement.

Some OneDrive users have are receiving emails stating as much. While those who have more than 5GB of data stored on OneDrive  will still be able to access their files, they won’t be able to upload anything new. Also, this will only last until April 2017. At that time, Microsoft will delete all extra data until every account is under the free limit.

As Microsoft stated, these limitations are the result users who abuse the system by storing enormous amounts of data on the cloud. So, in order to prevent further system abuses, Microsoft decided to set a limit for all users of the free tier.

There are still options to increase the amount of storage, but you’ll need to pay for them. Microsoft currently offers 50GB of additional storage for $1.99 a month, and a package with OneDrive and Office 365 with an additional 1TB for $6.99 (personal use) or $9.99 (for five users).

In addition, the 15GB of free storage dedicated to the Camera Roll will be completely erased, so stay aware.

With all this in mind, OneDrive users only have three options. They can reduce the amount of data uploaded to under 5GB, purchase additional storage, or simply switch to another cloud storage service.

Tell us in the comments below: What do you think about these limitations? Is 5GB of free storage enough for you?


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