Google One Revamps Cloud Storage With New Pricing Tiers And Family Sharing

Google is making some changes to its cloud storage offering, which we all have known as Google Drive. In its current form, Google provides all of its customers with 15GB of Google Drive space (for free) that they can use for all of their storage needs.

That 15GB free tier isn't changing, but Google is juggling its paid storage options at the lower end. The 100GB plan remains the same, priced at $1.99 per month. However, a new 200GB plan is slotting in at $2.99 per month. The previous 1TB plan, which was priced at $9.99 per month is dead -- it has been doubled to 2TB for the same price. Pricing for the 10TB, 20TB and 30TB plans remain the same at $99.99, $199.99 and $299.99 per month respectively.

google one

In addition to the plan change, the name of Google's paid cloud storage plans is changing from Google Drive to Google One. The actual storage and synchronization service will still be called Google Drive -- confused yet?

Google says that with Google One, you'll be able to share storage plan with you to five family members. Each family member will get their own storage silo within your pool of paid Google One storage. Although it is not mentioned in Google's blog post, we would assume that you will have the choice to decide how much data each family member is able to access instead of splitting it up evenly.

The upgrade to Google One paid storage plans won't happen immediately. Google says that the changes will come "automatically over the coming months". U.S. customers will be the first to see the changes, with a global expansion occurring afterwards.

"Look out for an email confirming your upgrade to Google One, where you can manage your storage plan and benefits," writes Google One VP Pavni Diwanji. "The way you use Drive to store and share files doesn’t change."