Microsoft Celebrates iPhone 6 Launch by Doubling Free OneDrive Storage to 30 GB

Microsoft Celebrates iPhone 6 Launch by Doubling Free OneDrive Storage to 30 GB

Don't worry, it's for anyone who backs up their photos to OneDrive

OneDrive just keeps getting better. And just a week after Microsoft upped the file size limit in its cloud storage service to 10 GB, it's making another major and positive change: It's upping the amount of free storage from 15 GB to 30 GB, and all you need to do is backup your phone's photos to OneDrive to get it. The bad news? This is a temporary bump, so you need to act fast.

It's not clear what this really has to do with Apple's new iPhone 6 smart phones, which just launched today. But Microsoft is using this temporary storage doubling promotion to reach out to iPhone users who, as I've recommended, should be backing up their photos to OneDrive and not the less useful iCloud.

"We've been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away," Microsoft's Douglas Pearce writes in a new post to the OneDrive Blog. "We think you'll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8. It's a limited time offer, so act fast and download OneDrive for iOS."

To get the additional free storage, you need to sign up for OneDrive and activate the auto upload feature for your iPhone 6 camera roll sometime between now and the end of September. So it's still a 15 GB base amount for free plus a 15 GB camera roll bonus.

Not an iPhone user? No worries: This upgrade will be applied to anyone who is backing up their photos from Windows Phone, Windows, or Android too.

I explained exactly how to do this recently in Tip: Backup All of Your Smart Phone Photos to OneDrive. So if you're not clear on this point, please check out that article for the instructions. And enjoy that additional 15 GB of free storage. It's a gift.

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