Amazon Drive Will Shut Down at the End of 2023
If you are a user of Amazon Drive, a cloud-based storage platform that rivals Google Drive and iCloud, you are in for bad news. Amazon has announced that the “Amazon Drive” a cloud storage service is shutting down at the end of 2023. This service was launched in March 2011 as a “secure cloud storage service for Amazon customers to back up their files”.
Amazon Drive, Amazon’s Cloud Storage Service is Going to Shut Down!
Amazon suggests the decision to discontinue Amazon Drive is to focus on Amazon Photos for photo/video storage. So, perhaps, the company now wants to enhance the Amazon Photos experience so that it can compete with the currently popular Google Photos and even Apple’s iCloud Photo Library.
You will no longer be able to use Amazon Drive after December 31, 2023. File uploading will be stopped after January 31, 2023. And the Amazon Drive app on Android and iOS will also be taken much earlier; on October 31, 2022.
While photos and videos on Amazon Drive will be automatically saved to Amazon Photos, other files still need to be downloaded and moved to other cloud storage. The good thing is that there is a lot of time for this.
The company recommends storing files locally and if there are size limits, the Amazon Photos desktop app is strongly recommended as it allows downloading around 5GB/1000 files at the same time. If you wish, you can also cancel an Amazon Drive subscription by visiting the Manage Storage page on the Amazon Drive website. More details are available on the FAQ page and you can visit it to know more.
It seems that Amazon Drive could not gain more popularity than other more used platforms and as a result, is succumbing to the competition! Let’s see what new plans Amazon has for Amazon Photos. So, what are your thoughts on Amazon’s decision? Do let us know in the comments below.