Over the past few years, Google, Microsoft and even Apple have bene pushing cloud storage as a safe and secure method to store our data online while also allowing for quick and simple file sharing. Google Drive has been one of the leaders in the space for quite some time, offering free storage tiers to anyone who has a Google/Gmail account, allowing them to send large email attachments, store full-resolution photos in Google Photos or simply to back up important files from their smartphones or computers.
While having an online cloud storage solution is great, the amount of data that we have is continually growing and the free Google Drive is limited to 15GB of storage. Google does offer paid storage options as well, ranging from 100 GB to 30 TB with their personal or family plans, but prices can quickly get out of control once you get past the 2 TB tier.
- 100 GB plan: $1.99/month
- 200 GB plan: $2.99/month
- 2 TB plan: $9.99/month
- 10 TB plan: $99.99/month
- 20 TB plan: $199.99/month
- 30 TB plan: $299.99/month
The good news is that there’s a secret option that will give you unlimited Google Drive storage that will cost less than the 10 TB Google Drive plan.
Unlimited Google Drive storage option
Most people might think that the $9.99/month option with 2TB of storage is more than enough for all of their data, but with all the photos and videos we capture these days with our smartphones, you can easily burn through 2 TB is a few years, especially if you’re recording 4K or even 8K video.
To get unlimited Google Drive storage, you will need to sign up for a G Suite account rather than using a standard Google Account. The Basic G Suite Account which costs $6/month comes with 30GB of storage, but the Business Google Suite Account which costs $12/month gives users 1TB of storage. This is lower than the 2 TB plans for regular Google Accounts, but if you add 6 users to your Business G Suite Account, Google will increase the storage for each user from 1 TB to unlimited.
Unlimited Google Drive storage will cost $60/month with a Business G Suite account with 5 users, making it$40/month cheaper than the 10 TB basic Google Drive plan, saving you $500/year or $2,500 over the course of 5 years.
But it gets even better! While Google clearly states that Business G Suite accounts come with “Unlimited cloud storage (or 1TB per user if fewer than 5 users)” Google doesn’t seem actively limit storage for accounts that have less than 5 users. We’ve tested this out ourselves and can confirm that you can get unlimited storage with a Business G Suite account with a single user, bringing the total monthly cost of unlimited Google Drive storage for just $12/month!
How to get unlimited Google Drive storage with a G Suite account
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- Visit the pricing page on the G Suite website pricing page and select “Get Started” under the Business column
- Follow the step-by-step instructions to set up your business account and select your domain name (if you don’t already have one)
- Once you have created your account, visit log into Google Drive using your new account
- In the left column, you should see that there is no storage limit specified under the Storage heading
- Upload as much data as you want to your G Suite Google Drive account
Let us know if you run into any issues or if you know of a different way to get unlimited Google Drive storage.
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