When it comes to storing your data, you prefer moving to cloud platforms like OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc., considering that they provide excellent capabilities for data storage and make your files and database more available and accessible.
That being said, the most popular cloud storage platform that could be in use is Google Drive. People have a lot to do with Google. With its new applications constantly rolling out to make things easier for its users, Google manages to continually stay on the radar, having people put its applications to frequent use.
What we know about Google Drive Storage?
Google Drive is highly trusted and relied upon by users to store their data and files. Moreover, with the Google Drive for Desktop that they can use to sync it on their PC for offline access, the usage of the application has only shot up. However, Google Drive puts a limit to its free storage option, and that limit is 15GB.
Now, 15GB is a lot, but at times you may feel it’s not enough. So, impulsively, you may buy more storage. But what if, at a later period of time, you feel like you don’t need this extra storage and you can actually do with the 15GB limit? Well, in that case, you can cancel your subscription.
You may ask if you could really do that. Well, you can! Of course, Google will not refund you the amount you’ve paid for the extra storage, and you can surely keep using that extra storage till the subscription ends. So, what good does canceling the subscription do to you?
Once the subscription period is over, it won’t renew automatically, and you will no longer be able to use the extra storage after that. But then, you didn’t need it either; that’s why you canceled the subscription after all. So, this wouldn’t be a problem.
So, now that you’ve got the ins and out of the topic, let’s move on to how it’s done. Here’s a complete tutorial for you on how to cancel Google Drive Subscription.
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How to Cancel Google Drive Subscription?
Well, it doesn’t take a lot to cancel your Google Drive Subscription. It’s just a few simple steps that only require you to make some clicks and taps on your device. So, let’s get to what you need to do.
Step 1: Sign in and Manage Google Account
First of all, you’ll need to sign in to the Google Account for which you want to cancel the Google Drive Subscription.
- So, go to Google and sign in to your account.
- In case you’re already signed in, click on the “Manage Your Google Account” button.
- You can find this on the Google homepage itself by clicking on the small circle that shows your Google account picture in the top right corner, indicating that you’re logged in to the account.
Step 2: Storage Cancellation
As you go to the Manage Your Google Account Page, you’ll see an option showing your Account Storage. Click on this option.
You’ll be redirected to a page that will show you the plan you’ve purchased. Under this purchased plan, you’ll also see an option reading “Cancel Membership.” Click on this option.
Step 3: Confirm Cancellation
Once you click on the Cancel button, you’ll see a message asking for confirmation. This message will detail all the changes that’ll happen after the cancellation of the subscription.
Review these changes and when you’re okay with them, click on the “Cancel” button in this message.
You’ll find a mail in your Gmail account giving you confirmation about the cancellation of your Google Drive Subscription.
What Happens After the Cancellation of Your Google Drive Subscription?
Well, canceling your Google Drive subscription would mean that you’re downgrading your storage space. However, as mentioned below, you’ll have the purchased storage space till the end of your billing cycle.
At the end of the billing cycle, your Google Drive Storage will roll back to the free plan, and you can store up to 15GB of data in that.
Besides that, you also need to make sure that you bring down the storage to the free limit of 15GB. In case the storage exceeds that limit, your Google applications would start acting up. Here’s what happens to the different applications.
Your Gmail account stops receiving or sending any emails at all. Whatever emails are sent to your account bounce back to the sender.
This is because your Google Account is running out of storage space. Moreover, if you don’t clear up the storage space and are overboard for more than 2years, your emails might get deleted too.
This doesn’t bode well, especially when you’re a professional, because most of your business communications happen over emails, and you might miss some very important information for the simple reason that you didn’t get your Google Drive within the storage limit after canceling your subscription.
2. Other Google Applications
You won’t be able to use other Google applications such as Docs, Slides, Sheets, Photos, etc. You won’t be able to upload new photos or create new files.
Moreover, you won’t be able to edit your existing files and data either. Additionally, your data doesn’t back up and sync.
All in all, if you don’t bring your Google Drive storage to the free limit after your subscription ends upon cancellation, you’re putting yourself at the chance of losing your data altogether.
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So, that’s all on how to cancel a Google Drive subscription. It’s always okay to cancel the subscription; however, make sure to abide by the changes that follow.
Hello, my name is Shirley. I’m a Google Drive expert and have been working with the platform since it launched. I’ve written extensively about Google Drive tips and tricks, and have created numerous tutorials on how to get the most out of the platform. I also enjoy creating tutorials to help people learn how to use Drive like pros. Read more