by: Jeremy Tanner, Nexstar Multimedia Cable
(NEXSTAR) — For more than a decade, Prime members have been able to store files on Amazon Drive for free, but next year that service will be gone, Amazon said.
The announcement comes just months after the retail and streaming giant raised the cost of Prime membership from $119 to $139.
Drive is officially disappearing on December 31, 2023, so Amazon can focus its time and resources on Amazon Photos, according to an update from the company.
Amazon plans to remove the Drive app from the iOS and Android app stores on October 31, 2022, and on January 31, 2023, Amazon will no longer allow file downloads.
While the files will only be accessible until December 31, 2023, users’ photos and videos have already been automatically saved to Amazon Photos, where they can be accessed after Drive no longer exists, according to the update.
Amazon has outlined the following steps to download your files before the obsolescence date:
- Open the browser and go to amazon.com/clouddrive here.
- If prompted, sign in using your Amazon account.
- Review and select folders and/or files to save. After your selection, click on the download icon in the top navigation bar which appears in blue. Repeat this process for all files and folders you want to save.
Anyone with a paid Amazon Drive account can manage their subscription here.