You may not remember Amazon Drive which launched 11 years ago as the retailer’s take on Google Drive, OneDrive. and Dropbox, but if you do happen to store files on it you’ll be interested to learn that it’s being shut down in 2023. Amazon stated in an email that it is terminating Drive in order to focus on photo and video storage with Amazon Photos, and will cease supporting the uploading of files to Drive from January 31, 2023.
You’ll be able to view and download files on Amazon Drive until December 31, 2023 which gives users more than enough time to transfer their documents to a different secure cloud storage service, such as Google Drive. The Amazon Drive app will be removed from the Play Store and App Store on October 31st although you’ll still be able to use view and download your files by using a browser and navigating to amazon.com/clouddrive.
What about Amazon Photos?
Well, non-Prime users get 5GB of storage for photos and videos while Prime subscribers benefit from unlimited uploads of full-resolution photos and video files up to 5GB each as part of their overall subscription.
Where do I transfer my files from Drive?
There are a ton of choices here, but the more obvious ones are Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, Dropbox, or Box, all of which offer varying levels of free storage:
It’s not exactly like there’s a huge hurry to change to a new cloud storage service thanks to Amazon Drive’s scheduled December 31, 2023 termination date but it may make sense to get things switched over ahead of time so there’s one less thing to worry about.