Last year Microsoft announced they would be decreasing their free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB. They have finally scheduled this change starting in July. Check your email for the announcement from Microsoft with the specific date of the change – this is different for every customer. In addition to the decrease in free storage, they are removing the 15GB camera roll bonus to users who automatically back up their photos to OneDrive. Here is Microsoft’s official statement:
“We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On July 13, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. We are also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus. You can learn more at our FAQ.
We realize these are big changes to a service you rely on. We want to apologize for any inconvenience they may cause you. We made a difficult decision, but it’s one that will let us sustainably operate OneDrive into the future.”
So how far will 5GB of storage get you, exactly? File size varies greatly – but the average size of a photo taken with a smartphone is about 2.5MB. This means you could store about 2,000 photos in the cloud with 5GB of storage. The average size of a song on your phone is about 4MB, so you could store about 1250 songs.
If you are using less that 5GB – nothing changes! If you need more than 5GB and want to keep your items in OneDrive, Microsoft offers 50GB of storage for 1.99/month. If you want the best value, and don’t mind a little bit of work you can transfer your data to Google Drive, which offers 15GB of free storage, or 100GB for 1.99/month.