Amazon has announced that it is closing its Cloud storage Platform in another push of consolidation by the tech giant.
The company sent an email Amazon Drive Customers to confirm the service will be closing by the end of next year.
The move is part of Amazon’s push towards its Amazon photos Service that is now becoming a central storage location for photos and videos.
Closure of Amazon Drive
“For the past 11 years, Amazon Drive has served as a secure cloud storage service for Amazon customers to back up their files,” the company’s email to customers reads.
“On December 31, 2023, we will no longer support Amazon Drive to focus our efforts more on storing photos and videos with Amazon Photos. We will continue to offer customers the ability to securely back up, share, and organize photos and videos using Amazon Photos.”
Users must download all of their files by the submission deadline, but existing Amazon users have their photo and video files automatically saved to Amazon Photos.
The service will remain fully functional until December 31, 2023, but the company says it will no longer support uploading files to the Amazon Drive website after January 31, 2023.
It adds that the Amazon Photos app is now available for iOS, Android, and desktop users — and existing Amazon Prime members get free, unlimited, full-resolution photo storage and 5GB of video storage. Non-Prime members get 5GB of free storage for photos and videos.
New Amazon Photos members can choose from a selection of monthly and yearly storage plans. The service allows users to view photos on Amazon devices like the Fire TV, Echo Show, and its Fire tablets, and the Family Vault service allows Amazon Prime members to invite up to five members to “get unlimited photo storage and photos.” collect together.” .