Long gone are the days of carrying USBs and other external storage devices, thanks to the development of cloud storage. With one click, you can upload your files to the cloud and access them anytime, anywhere. Google Drive is one of these cloud storage solutions (which you must know already).
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As soon as you sign up to Google and create an account, you are gifted free 15 GBs of cloud storage. For most users, this amount of storage is more than enough to store and share their files. But, if you’re someone who wants more storage capacity without paying a buck, read below to discover ingenious hacks to get unlimited storage:
- Google Photos is another service (just like Google Drive) offered by Google. If you backup your photos and videos to Google Photos (in High quality mode), it doesn’t count against your 15 GB storage quota. In other words, all you need to do is download the Google Photos app and sign in to your Google account, Now turn the sync on and change picture quality from Original to High quality. You could practically upload 1000000+ photos and videos this way.
The only downside to this hack is Google compresses your photos and videos to a smaller size (without affecting the quality). Unless you’re a professional DSLR photographer who needs to store raw pictures, you wouldn’t notice the difference.
- Similarly, you can shift to Google Docs for all your Microsoft Word documents, and take advantage of the free storage that doesn’t count against your 15 GBs.
- For PDFs, you can convert them to Doc format and upload them to Google Docs. But, you have to be careful while changing the files’ format.
- If you are a college/university student, you are in luck. Google offers unlimited storage to teachers and students who have a .edu account. As most colleges (and even high schools) give out edu accounts, all you need is to upload your files on that account and not your personal one.
- If you have way too many emails laden with attachments sitting in your inbox, they will count against your storage quota. You could delete unwanted emails to free up some storage space.
Raza Ali Kazmi works as an editor and technology content writer at Sorcim Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. He loves to pen down articles on a wide array of technology related topics and has also been diligently testing software solutions on Windows & Mac platforms.