The cloud storage service will end next year
Amazon is much more than just a shopping destination where you can buy a brand new microwave oven – it actually has sort of an ecosystem of its own with both software and hardware products that even Google and Microsoft give a run for their money at times. Obviously, not everyone sees success thanks to the intense, cutthroat competition in their respective categories. One such venture is a cloud storage application very similar to Google Drive. Chances are you haven’t even heard of Amazon Drive until we brought it to your attention. However, if you’re curious about dropping your files on the service, it’s probably too late.
In an email sent to users on Friday, Amazon announced that its cloud storage service will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2023 (via 9to5Google). The retailer says this move will help it better focus its efforts on photos and video storage with Amazon Photos.
Users’ existing media on Drive is already stored in Photos, where the company guarantees they will be accessible after the deadline. For anything that isn’t a photo or video, customers will have to download and move them or they’ll lose them. If you are an Amazon Drive user and are having trouble downloading your files from Drive due to limited space or you simply have way too many files, Amazon recommends using the Amazon Photos Desktop app for the process.
The Amazon Drive app for Android and iOS will be pulled from their respective app stores on October 31. From January 31, 2023, new uploads will no longer be allowed on servers.
Amazon Drive was launched 11 years ago as a “secure cloud storage service for Amazon customers to back up their files” and competes with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox. Prime members continue to enjoy unlimited backups of full-resolution photos and videos up to 5 GB per file on Amazon Photos. Non-members get 5 GB of universal storage.