Google Drive is now called Google One and is also Cheaper than Before

NOTE: This article has nothing to do with genealogy. However, it is information that I suspect will interest many computer owners, so I am offering it here. If you are looking for true genealogy-related articles, you might want to skip this one.

I have written many times about the advantages of storing data and apps in the cloud. (See http://bit.ly/2nPa6q1 for a list of my earlier articles about use of the cloud.) One of the most popular file storage services in the cloud is Google Drive… ooops, it was renamed to Google One earlier this year.

Google One is the new title for a number of cloud-based services the company provides for consumers, corporations, and non-profit organizations alike. Previously, Google Drive was also the company’s name for the gigabytes of online storage you’d share between Drive, Gmail and Google Photos. Now, all of that and more is called Google One.

Changes in Google One include the new ability to share that storage plan with up to five family members. Google says it will also now include “one-stap” customer support for your other Google products — including Google hardware devices such as the Pixel phones and Google Home speakers. Google One presently is only available to anyone in the United States. It is unclear when Google One will be available to users in other countries, but Google is offering to notify potential users when it opens up in their market.

The Google One plan includes up to 15 gigabytes of file storage space free of charge. For those who want even more storage space, plans start with 100 gigabytes of online, encrypted file storage for $1.99 per month, $2.99/month for 200 gigabytes, and $9.99/month for up to 2 terabytes of space. Higher capacities are also available although I suspect those will appeal only to corporate users. If you need 30 terabytes or even more storage space, Google is prepared to help.

Details may be found at https://one.google.com/about.

The new prices are significantly cheaper than those of most of Google’s competitors but not all of them. Several of Google’s lesser-known competitors offer more free storage space free of charge. For instance, Mega at https://mega.nz/ offers up to 50 gigabytes of file storage at no charge.

Support for the paid versions of Google One is also touted as a big feature of Google One, with users being offered access to a “team of Google experts” to answer their queries. Support is not offered for the free option for 15 gigabytes of file storage space, however.

The downside of storing files on Google Drive is that the company is dogged by revelations about the fact that it scans your files. Google uses algorithms to scan documents for viruses, spam and “inappropriate” content. See https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/11/01/google-reading-docs/ for the details.

For more information about Google One, go to https://one.google.com/about.

NOTE: Almost all the companies that offer free storage space will require you to log onto their sites at least once every few months. The time allowed can vary from 3 to 12 months, depending upon each company’s policies. After all, it doesn’t make sense for a business to offer free storage space to customers who are no longer using it. In their view, the customer may have died, become disabled, or simply have lost interest. Nobody provides free storage services forever for customers who no longer use the service.

Paid customers do not need to worry about this, however. All the file storage companies will keep your files safe and available for as long as you or someone else keeps paying the bills.

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The one issue with Mega and their “free” storage is, as I noted in the small print attached to the * that’s appended to the “50 GB free” promotion is that it ends after 180 days, so you still have to buy a plan after a few months of “free” service… after that, the Lite plan is 4.99 €/month or, for me at the current exchange, $7.46 Cdn for 200 GB. So Google’s offer of $2.99 USD (or $3.93 Cdn) is still far better. Plus their 15 GB, so far, is always free.

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When will this take effect? I have subscribed to Google Drive for a few years (automatic payment), but Google One would be cheaper. I don’t see any updates in the email Google Drive sent me.

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    —> When will this take effect?

    Google Drive (now renamed to Google One) has millions of customers so Google cannot roll the conversion out for all of the millions of servers at the same time. In the past, it has taken several weeks for Google to install a major upgrade to their millions of servers. Some users may see it immediately while others might not see it for several weeks.

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What is your opinion of Backblaze for file storage?

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My continuing hope is that Ancestry.com and YouTube or their successors will hold on to my family history including trees, stories, documents, pictures, audio recordings and video for decades after I am gone so my great great grandchildren might discover it all one day.

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What happens for those of us not in USA. Do we still have the old Google Drive and Google Photos for now?

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    Google normally first rolls out new services in their home country (USA) and then, after it is fully tested ad debugged, expands it to other countries. I don’t have any inside information on Google’s plans for the new Google One product but I suspect it will be the same.

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