How to increase your Google Drive cloud storage

Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services available. If you’re still not using cloud storage, then it’s definitely something you should consider. A few years ago cloud storage was still something some people were wary about, however, it’s the best way to keep your data safe.

If you use a Chrome OS computer or an Android device you’ll most likely already use Google Drive. The cloud storage service comes as standard when you create a Google Account. Most people create a Google account to get access to their email service Gmail and other free services such as Google Docs.

Using Google Drive is a great way to keep your data safe. Instead of storing files locally on your phone or Chromebook, you can store them in the cloud instead. Doing this means your files will be safe and still accessible should you lose any of your devices.

You get 15GB of storage for free

When you create a Google account you get 15GB of storage, which is available free of charge. This storage is used up by your emails, Google Photos, and any files you’ve stored in the cloud. This means you’re sharing the 15GB between all three of these services.

It’s great that you get 15GB of storage for free, which is a lot more than you can get with other cloud services. However, you may get to a stage where you start to run out of storage space. When this happens you may start looking at other ways to deal with your storage issues.

Google Drive storage - shared between drive, Gmail and Google Photos
Google Drive storage is shared with Gmail and your Google Photos

One option you have is to register for another cloud storage solution, which offers a certain amount of storage for free. The issue with doing this is that you’ll have more than one cloud storage solution to manage. Also, if you use an Android device or Chromebook, Google Drive works with these devices seamlessly, which may not be the case if you use other cloud storage solutions.

Increasing your Google Drive storage

The best option if you’re close to using up your 15GB of free cloud storage is to increase it. You’ll have to pay to do this but the cost is extremely competitive. For example, getting an extra 100GB of storage will cost you just $1.99/£1.59 per month. That’s less than the cost of your daily coffee from Starbucks, so it’s much cheaper than you think.

You can get it even cheaper than this if you decide to pay annually where you can save up to 16%. For 100GB you’d pay an annual fee of $19.99/£15.99, which works out monthly at $1.66/£1.33. The process is simple and you’ll receive a receipt via Google Play for any service you buy.

The 100GB cloud storage option provides you with a lot more storage than the 15GB you get as standard. It’s most likely the best upgrade option for most users, but you can of course buy more if needed. Buy more Google Drive storage space.

Using Google Drive is the best option for Chrome OS

All Chromebooks come with internal storage, so you may think you’ll not need cloud storage. This is of course totally true, but it does depend on your situation. Chrome OS computers come with less storage than a typical computer. This is mainly because you don’t need to install programs as you do with an MS computer.

However, this changed when Android apps and Linux apps were launched on Chrome OS. These apps add a whole lot of functionality to your Chromebook, but they need to be installed on your local storage. Therefore, it’s much better to keep your local storage free from other files, so you can install the Android and Linux apps you may want to use.

Google Drive storage upgrade
Google Drive upgrade options

Your Chromebook downloads folder is essentially the same as the C: root directory on a Windows PC. Anything you save in the downloads folder is using up your local storage. If you save all of your files in this folder and install plenty of apps you may get to a stage where you run out of storage space. That being said, you can still install a lot even on a Chromebook with 32GB of storage, as I found out in a recent test.

Because Chrome OS works seamlessly with Google Drive. You’ll be better off moving or saving all files in the cloud. Also, you need to remember you get 15GB for free, so you may not even need to buy further storage space if you don’t have too many files.

It’s not just about storage space

Using Google Drive isn’t just about saving your local storage space for apps; although this is obviously one of the main benefits. If you own a Chromebook or Android device you’ll always want to try and manage your storage correctly. Five ways to manage to free up storage on your Chromebook.

Although one of the main benefits is that it allows you to free up your local storage space. Something you should not overlook is that it keeps your files protected. If the worst happens and you lose or damage your device. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is all the files you had stored locally, which would be lost for good.

If you get into the habit of saving your files in the cloud. You don’t need to worry about losing these files if you lose your device. Also, it makes it much easier when it comes to upgrading your phone or computer. If you’ve saved all your important files in the cloud, you don’t need to worry about any files you have stored locally.

Summary

Cloud storage works much better than it did many years ago. I personally don’t know how I could live without it. I take full advantage of cloud storage because it allows me to manage the files I need to keep safe.

The 15GB of storage you get for free with your Google account is a great benefit of using the service. When you consider you get this for free there really isn’t anything stopping you from getting into the habit of using cloud storage. I would strongly recommend using cloud storage if you’ve not yet done so, you’ll be surprised how it can make managing your files much easier.

Upgrading your Google Drive cloud storage is the best option if you’re near to running out of storage space. The cost, which is less than a cup of coffee, is the best way to keep your data safe, and it allows you to share these files easily across all of your devices.

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