OneDrive users get option to retain their original free storage quotas

Microsoft has decided to allow current OneDrive users who have the free 15GB of base storage and/or the free 15GB camera roll bonus to keep their free cloud based storage.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

December 11, 2015

2 Min Read
OneDrive users get option to retain their original free storage quotas

The community spoke loud and clear and Microsoft heard them.

Just over a month ago Microsoft announced a sweeping and very unpopular change to their OneDrive cloud based storage.

They indicated that the previously offered unlimited storage for Office 365 subscribers would no longer be offered and all subscribers would be reverted to the original 1TB of storage per subscriber.

At the same time, they also announced that all current OneDrive users would see their free storage tier reduced from 15GB to just 5GB. On top of that the 15GB Camera Roll bonus, which many users had for connecting their smartphones to OneDrive for camera roll storage, would be completely eliminated.

Many of you will recall that this news did not go over well and resulted in a OneDrive UserVoice feedback item entitled Give us back our storage that garnered over 72,000 upvotes.

There is a catch to retain your free storage levels and it is a step that must be done prior to the end of January 2016.

You can wait for an email from Microsoft to your eligible accounts or you can just go ahead and visit and opt into keeping all of that free storage.

After clicking on the button you should be logged into your OneDrive account and see this screen:

Note: Be sure to follow these steps for each OneDrive account you have so that all of them retain their free storage.

Of course, anyone who fails to opt in will see their accounts dropped to just 5GB of free storage and no camera bonus shortly after 31 January 2016.

That will likely result in Microsoft actually recovering some resources because there will be a lot of users who never opt in to retain the storage for some reason.

Office 365 subscriber will not return to their unlimited storage option but will still revert to the standard 1TB that is already offered with the subscription. This change is targeted directly at the free storage tiers.

This is a very positive move on Microsoft's part and I am sure it has taken a month for this opt in program to be announced because the entire process of OneDrive storage and the decisions that were announced last month has been scrutinized from within the company.

I suspect, since the cut off to opt in to retaining your storage is 31 January 2016, that after that date new users signing up will only receive the 5GB of free OneDrive storage that was announced as a change last month.

What do you think of Microsoft's decision to restore the free storage tiers for current users on OneDrive?

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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