There is change coming for the Amazon Drive online storage service. By the end of 2023, the remote hosting solution provided by the American company will cease. This decision, announced by email to its customers, does not strictly speaking constitute a disengagement of the group in the cloud, but rather a reorganization and a reduction of the general public offer.

When Amazon Drive stops?

Amazon’s provisional calendar is organized around three dates. These steps are relatively spaced out from each other to give Internet users time to determine what to do: repatriate all the content to their computer, for example, or open a storage space with another service provider to move their files.

What will happen to files on Amazon Drive?

If you do nothing by December 31, 2023, your content stored on Amazon Drive is at risk. You must therefore act before this date to recover your data. You are then free to decide what to do with them: keep them on your computer, make a backup copy of them on an external medium (and you would be right), host them elsewhere.

Attention ! If Amazon shuts down Drive, it doesn’t shut down Photos. During the process, it will be possible to transfer some of the contents contained in Drive to Photos. Of course, not everything will be movable. This will concern photos and videos. Amazon announces unlimited image storage with its Photos service. Videos are also accepted, if they are less than 5 GB.

Who is affected by the end of Amazon Drive?

Not everyone is affected by the end of Amazon Drive. Indeed, you must be an Amazon Prime customer on the one hand and a Drive user on the other hand. If you do not go through this storage solution, you have nothing to worry about or any action to take. Ditto if you don’t have a Prime subscription at all, because it’s a service that depends on it.

The end of Amazon Drive comes when the net giant announced in Europe – and more particularly in France – a significant increase in the price of the formula, but whose offer is considered to be still attractive. The increase, which is scheduled for mid-September, can however be avoided by certain tricks, by taking out a subscription just before, for example. Of course, Amazon is not withdrawing from B2B cloud business.

Amazon to shut down document storage service to focus on Amazon Photos

The e-commerce giant has just announced the end of its file storage service by the end of 2023. Amazon Photos is not affected by this closure.

If you use Amazon Drive to store your documents, now is the time to consider an alternative solution. In an email sent to its customers, Amazon announced the closure of its cloud storage service launched in 2016 in France. Originally, Amazon Drive allowed Amazon customers to enjoy unlimited storage space for free. The firm had however revised its offer downwards a few months later by limiting the storage space offered to 5 GB. The platform will definitely lower the curtain by the end of 2023.

In the missive sent to its customers, the e-commerce giant made it clear that the closure of Amazon Drive would allow it to focus its efforts on Amazon Photos. The online photo and video storage service, a competitor to Google Photos, allows Prime subscribers to store up to 5 GB of videos for free, and an unlimited number of photos.

“As of December 31, 2023, we will no longer support Amazon Drive in order to fully focus our efforts on storing photos and videos with Amazon Photos. We will continue to offer customers the ability to save, share and organize photos and videos with Amazon Photos. said the American giant in the email sent to Amazon Drive users.

Amazon indicates on its FAQ page that the shutdown of the Amazon Drive service will be done in several stages. Starting October 31, 2022, the Amazon Drive iOS and Android mobile app will disappear from the App Store and Google Play Store. As of January 31, 2023, users will no longer be able to store new documents on the service. However, it will be possible to view and download them until December 31, 2023, the last day of operation of the platform.

The e-commerce giant also indicates that the photos and videos stored on Amazon Drive have already been automatically migrated to its Amazon Photos service, which remains in place. For documents stored on Amazon Drive, users are responsible for retrieving those files. They will thus have to download their data to store them locally on a physical storage medium or to transfer them to another storage service before the final closure of the service.

Amazon Drive will close at the end of 2023, but photo storage will not be impacted

Amazon Drive was launched in 2011, 11 years ago, with a free plan offering 5 GB of storage in the cloud, which had not failed to attract many users wishing to do away with USB keys. On December 31, 2023, the service will close. It seems, indeed, that Amazon Drive is not profitable enough for the cloud giant.

A multi-step closure

Some important information should be noted on the sidelines of this announcement. First: This decision will have no impact on Amazon Photos. Indeed, photo backup will continue, and that’s probably a relief to many since unlimited storage is clearly one of the most popular features with Amazon customers. The only novelty, from January 1, 2024, the use of the Amazon Photos application will be mandatory.

Secondly, and this is not insignificant, the date on which Amazon communicates (i.e. December 31, 2023) is the one from which it will no longer be possible to recover files stored on Amazon Drive. Stopping the service will actually be done in several steps. Thus, from October 31, 2022, the Amazon Drive mobile applications offered on Android and iOS will disappear. Then, on January 31, 2023, it will no longer be possible to store new data on your Amazon Drive account, with the exception of photos and videos.

Finally, it should be noted that if people who use Amazon Drive to store their photos there will indeed be able to keep them, they will still have to perform an action which will not a priori be automated: trigger their transfer from Drive to Photos. Amazon justifies this manipulation by the fact that the two services do not share the same applications.

As a reminder, Amazon Photos allows Amazon Prime customers to store their photos unlimited, with 5 GB for video storage. 5GB of storage is free for all Amazon members anyway. As for the paid options, they are billed at €1.99 per month for 100 GB of storage space, €9.99 for 1 TB and €19.99 for 2 TB.

Amazon Drive, the file storage service, bows out

Like OneDrive, DropBox or Google Drive, the mission of Amazon’s cloud service is to offer its users easy access to a storage interface for their photos and files. Besides, the interface is very similar to that of other file storage services.

Free storage of 5 GB is offered and various paid plans allow Prime members to benefit from unlimited storage space. So it is a cloud storage service from Amazon. “Cloud storage is a model of cloud computing that stores data on the Internet through a cloud computing provider that manages and operates data storage as a service” defines Amazon AWS.

But Amazon Drive is doomed. In an email, the e-commerce giant informed its customers that it will end this service in December 2023. It will therefore be necessary to recover all its files stored before this deadline and users will not be able to store them again from January 2023. The application will no longer be available for download next October. The “Amazon Photos” service continues to be available for storing photos and videos.

Amazon Drive cloud storage will end in 2023

Bad news for the (presumably rare) people who relied on Amazon Drive to store their important files in the cloud. Amazon is ending Amazon Drivea cloud storage service the company launched in 2011, under the name Amazon Cloud Drive.

Current users will no longer be able to upload files to Amazon Drive starting January 31, 2023. And the service will shut down completely on December 31, 2023. So if you have files stored only on Amazon Drive, you’ll want to upload or move to another cloud storage service by then…unless the only files you care about are photos or videos. Because these have already been migrated to Amazon’s other cloud storage service: Amazon Photos.

Amazon Photos, which is designed specifically as a photo and video backup and sharing service, will continue to exist indefinitely.. Anyone with an Amazon account gets 5GB of free video storage. And all Amazon Prime members get unlimited storage for full-resolution photos.

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