Bad news for the (presumably few) people who have relied on Amazon Drive for storing their important files in the cloud: Amazon is shutting down the service. On the plus side, you have well over a year to come up with an alternative and move everything.
The company says Amazon Drive will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2023. Then the access is completely closed. Uploads disappear earlier and will no longer be accepted from January 31. The Amazon Drive apps for Android and iOS will be removed on October 31, 2022.
“We will continue to provide customers with the ability to securely back up, share and organize photos and videos with Amazon Photos,” Amazon said in an email to customers. But for all files that are not images or videos, you need to download them. On its FAQ page, Amazon recommends using the Amazon Photos desktop app for Windows or macOS if you’re trying to retrieve larger files. You can also go here to cancel your Drive subscription.
Commenting on why Amazon is making the decision to discontinue Drive after 11 years, the company says, “We are taking the opportunity to more fully focus our efforts on Amazon Photos to provide customers with a dedicated photo and video storage solution. .” Maybe that means Amazon has big ideas in mind for including Google Photos and Apple’s iCloud Photo Library. But the Drive news is sure to be a disappointment to those who have grown accustomed to hosting their files on Amazon’s reliable servers.