Google had always been quite generous with cloud storage, but this policy finally began to change late last year. In addition to losing high-quality free uploads, all files created in Drive will count toward your total storage allocation on June 1st. While it leaves most of us with only a few months left before these changes take effect, Workspace and G Suite users have been extended, moving the date for these accounts to February 1
This policy delay means that all files created in Disk – including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard – will not be collected in a data quota for a Workspace account until next year. Photo uploads are not affected by this change and still count towards storage from 1 June, regardless of account type. According to Google, this extension for Workspace users is specifically designed to give the company time to implement new admin tools for managing and viewing data assignments. In February, administrators will have the opportunity to see how much space Docs and other files take up in each Drive.
When Google hits the switch on Workspace accounts next year, the same rules will apply to personal users in June. Any unedited files created before February 2022 do not count towards storage space, but all new documents – together with any edited content – will be included in the account’s total data usage. Although it will take a while before Google launches its new tools, administrators can already use Workspace reports to see how data is broken up per user.