Amazon is shutting down its Amazon Drive document storage service

Amazon Drive is over. On July 29, 2022, the company announced that it would be phasing out its Amazon Drive document storage service for individuals. After December 31, 2023, there will no longer be access to files stored on this platform. This applies to all Amazon Drive customers. The company says it wants to focus only on storing photos and videos with Amazon Photos and thus compete with services like iCloud and Google Photos.

Transferring to Amazon Photos

Effective October 31, 2022, the Amazon Drive app will be removed from the iOS and Android app stores. On January 31, 2023, Amazon will no longer support file uploads through the Amazon Drive website. You can view and download files saved before this date. Photos and videos will be automatically saved to Amazon Photos. Through this service, you can access it now and after December 31, 2023. For other documents, Amazon encourages its customers to upload files and store them locally or elsewhere.

Those who wish can cancel their paid Amazon Drive subscription and receive a refund. Amazon adds that this subscription can be used with Amazon Photos. The company insists on giving customers enough time to save their files.

Strong competition

Amazon launched Amazon Drive as Amazon Cloud Drive in 2011. Then in November, an API was introduced to allow third-party developers to integrate Amazon Drive into their own applications to store things like game settings, preferences, and more. were offered in November. 2014, TechCrunch reminds. Amazon Drive offered an unlimited storage subscription the following year, before returning to that offer two years later.

The competition in this area is very numerous. Google Drive, Dropbox, Box or OneDrive… There are plenty of cloud storage offerings at comparable prices, Amazon Drive’s offering isn’t particularly attractive. So today the company is throwing in the towel to focus on the market segment.

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