Google Drive has stopped offering a $5 annual subscription for 20GB of cloud storage. As a result, Google has told plan holders that the cache will be grandfathered to their accounts, free of charge.
A few other Redditors confirmed that Google had also made their 20GB blocks free. Japanese users who paid 580 yen for the storage were also covered with the move.
Google Drive の580円で20GBっていうプランが終了になるので今契約してる分は無料にするっていうメールがきた。なんかすごい。
— mojin (@mojin) May 22, 2019
払い続けてきた Google Drive 20GB 580円/年 の旧プランが完全消滅するということで、無料で 20GB 使っていいよとアップデートされた。太っ腹やな。Google One ってのに変わったらしい。
— hide tatsuno ☁ 🇩🇰 (@souseki1013) May 22, 2019
Google allocates 15GB of cloud storage space to anyone who signs up for Gmail and has occasionally offered extra gigabytes for completing account security checks and for promotional campaigns. Beyond that, the company charges $2 per month or a discounted rate of $20 per year for a minimum addition of 100GB.
Google transferred its cloud storage branding from the Drive umbrella to the new Google One in May of last year, though both names are still interchangeably used today.