Amazon recently announced in an email to customers that it will drop support for Amazon Drive from December 31, 2023. Therefore, users will lose access to the service entirely from then. Additionally, Amazon Drive will not accept new uploads from January 31, 2023. And the Android and iOS apps of the service will no longer be available from October 31, 2022. But, the good thing is that the company is giving users more than a year to switch their data to another alternative.
Amazon to drop support for its cloud storage service
Amazon launched the “Drive” cloud storage service in 2011. It’s a “secure cloud storage service for Amazon customers to back up their files.” In addition, users got almost 5GB of free storage for Android, iOS, and web Drive apps.
On the other hand, the company assured customers that it is not shutting down Amazon Photos. “We will continue to provide customers the ability to safely back up, share, and organize photos and videos with Amazon Photos,” said Amazon.
However, customers will have to download files that are not pictures or videos. Additionally, Amazon advised customers to use the Amazon Photos Desktop app for Windows or macOS to download and save larger files.
Amazon says it is shutting down Drive because – “We are taking the opportunity to more fully focus our efforts on Amazon Photos to provide customers a dedicated solution for photos and video storage.” Does that mean the company has big plans in store to overtake Google Photos and Apple’s iCloud Photo Library? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see. Besides, Amazon’s decision to shut down its cloud storage is quite unusual, although its usage was low. In any case, it is undoubtedly a letdown for customers who became quite used to store their files on Amazon’s servers.