Going Full Circle: Google Users Get 15GB Shared Across Gmail, Drive, and Google+

Paul Lilly

One storage container to rule them all.

A cloud of common sense just landed on Google , and instead of offering users separate storage caps for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos, the sultan of search has decided to offer up 15GB of unified storage for free. In doing so, users are in complete control of how much each of Google's cloud services can hold, which is particularly great if you're deeply invested in Drive and/or Google+ Photos, two services that were previously limited to 5GB combined.

"With this new combined storage space, you won’t have to worry about how much you’re storing and where," Google stated in a blog post . "For example, maybe you’re a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail. Now it doesn’t matter, because you can use your storage the way you want."

As an added bonus, Google's shared approach means there's no longer a 25GB data cap in Gmail. So, if you pony up $4.99/month for 100GB or $9.99/month for 200GB, you can use as much as of your available storage for any of the three services. There's also a $2.49/month plan that nets you 25GB. All three paid plans include 25GB of Gmail storage, which doesn't count against your cap.

You may not see the plan changes right away, as Google said it will roll them out over the next couple of weeks.

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