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How to Keep Your free 15 GB of OneDrive Storage

In early November, Microsoft made significant changes to its OneDrive storage plans that ended up limiting the amount of storage available to users.

Storage that you got for free as part of the service will be reduced from 15 GB to 5 GB. All of us here at gP, as well as a lot of other OneDrive users weren’t happy with this decision at all. You can read our commentary about it in our article: Microsoft’s New OneDrive Storage Policy Punishes All Users for a Problem it Created.

Luckily, clearer heads prevailed at Microsoft, and as a concession for those users, the OneDrive Team is offering the opportunity to opt-in until January 31st, 2016 to keep it.

Keep Your Free 15 GB of OneDrive Storage

Go to then click on Keep your free storage.

Keep OneDrive 15 GB Storage

You will now have your base 15 GBs of storage in addition to 15 GBs for your camera roll.


Although I am not a heavy user as you can see below, it’s nice to know that some rational thought has been put into this decision. I have recently started defaulting a lot of my files to OneDrive especially my photos on my smartphone, so this indeed welcome.


This is great news for free users of OneDrive and makes the idea of saving all of your photos videos to OneDrive relevant again. For more, read our article:

Auto Backup Your Photos and Videos to OneDrive from Any Mobile Device

However, the company isn’t bringing back unlimited storage, but if you have an Office 365 subscription, you get a 1 TB as part of the package. If you get the Office 365 family plan you get five accounts, and each of those accounts gets 1 TB of OneDrive storage. For average users, this should be more than enough storage space.

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It’s worth repeating: You have to sign up to keep your Free 15 GB of OneDrive Storage before January 31st, 2016. Make sure you get it right away, it just takes two seconds to secure it.

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4 Responses to How to Keep Your free 15 GB of OneDrive Storage

  1. Rich December 14, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    GREAT POST…THANK YOU!!!! WHO KNEW? I use OneDrive and never use that much storage, but it is good to know we can get what we originally signed up for! Thanks for making me/us aware of this offer! Thank You!

  2. JR December 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    That’s awesome!! Thanks a million for that tip allowing me to keep my existing 15GB of storage.

    • Andre Da Costa December 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      You are welcome. Don’t forget to spread the word. January 31st is less than 2 months away.

  3. Daniel December 23, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Andre, thanks for the information. You failed to mention the fact that MS wants to now “View my profile info and contact list” as well as “Access your email address” and can “Revoke the bonus storage at any time” as a caveat to keep the 15gb of storage when trying to Keep Your Storage. This is not really a concession on MS’ part and I think that it is not worth the “bonus”, as my private information is none of MS’ business. Time to buy a couple more portable hard drives I guess.

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