A Step by Step Guide for You to Increase Your Google Drive Storage With the Help of G Suite
Today we give you a detailed instruction on what you can do to increase your Google Drive Storage with G Suite.
For the basics, we see many people confused between G Suite and Google Drive. To clear the air, G Suite is the collection of services that Google provides, and Google Drive is a part of it.
The G-Suite consists of Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Google Forms, Google Hangouts, Calendar, Vault, Keep, and many more. Now, another question arises. Read more about G Suite.
Google provides free services. Does this mean that everyone with a Google account has a G Suite?
Well, no. G Suite is a select purchase that provides you with special features within Google. For example, increased drive storage, company domain for emails, etc.
For example, users initially only get 15 GB Default Storage space for their Google Account which their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. This means you can neither keep receiving emails nor create Docs or sheets if what you have in your Drive is already more than 15 GB. But you can still purchase additional storage for your free Gmail account.
With G Suite Basic, you will get 30 GB and you can have email@example.com instead of using firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, G Suite is a way of increasing your storage on what you can do with your Google Account plus displaying your company email address looks more professional to your customers. You can buy it through Google’s official website. The first plan is the Basic plan, which gives you 30 GB of storage space. For this, you will need to pay S$8 per month (depends on when you are reading this article).
If you have not started your G Suite and will like to start one, there is a 14 days trial to test it out but you will need to have your domain name ready either by purchasing through IT Solution to manage your domain or you can buy directly with Google when you start your 14 days trial with G Suite with the following link:
Well, here are the ways you can increase your Google drive storage as a business house with the G Suite.
G Suite Drive Storage Purchase: Three Options
After the purchase of the G Suite Basic plan, you have three options for increasing your Google Drive Storage.
- Upgrade G Suite Plan to (Business or Enterprise)
- Add Storage Licenses to the Admin Console
- Let users to buy their own storage space
Upgrade G Suite Plan
The first thing you can do to increase your Google drive storage is upgrading your G Suite Plan. You have two options: Business and Enterprise. A business plan will cost you double the price from your basic plan. So if you have 10 users in your basic plan which cost you S$80 per month. In the business plan, it will cost you S$160 per month for the same 10 users.
G Suite Business
This one is for small to medium businesses. The cost is S$16 per month, double the subscription plan from G Suite Basic plan and we will need to say, the storage benefit worth the money. An enhanced office suite with unlimited storage (5 users or more), your business gets unlimited cloud storage.
However, if there are four or fewer users, each of them will be getting 1 TB storage. Apart from memory, there are other features as well. This includes archive and retention policies, eDiscovery and audit reporting.
Read more about G Suite Business pricing before paying for it.
G Suite Enterprise
Another one is the enterprise plan. For the cost, you will need to contact us about it. In terms of storage, there are no upgrades from the Business plan. Unlimited cloud storage and 1 TB storage for 4 or fewer users- there is no difference between the previous one and this.
However, there are more enhanced features on the Enterprise plan. It a premium office suite with data loss prevention in Gmail and Drive, encrypted email messages using S/MIME, enhanced security and advanced admin controls and capabilities. Which were not available on the Business plan.
Read more about G Suite Enterprise pricing before paying for it.
How To Upgrade G Suite Basic Plan
- Sign in to your Google Admin console using your administrator account. You get this account once you buy a G Suite Basic Plan.
- Go to Billing in the Home Page.
- Under Available upgrades, choose the one you want.
- Click on Get started.
- If you have a promotional code for discounts, you can enter it.
- Click on Continue.
Well, after that you will have to agree to the terms and conditions, and you can enjoy the G Suite as per your need.
Add Storage Licenses to the Admin Console
You can add a license if you are okay with the services that Google G Suite Basic has been providing you and all you want is some extra storage for multiple users. The prices range, from S$5 per month for an additional 20 GB to S$1798 for 16 TB storage.
Click here to find out more about adding more storage for your G Suite Basic Plan.
A costly alternative to the Business and Enterprises plan, this one suits more prominent companies who want to provide premium storage for a lot of employees.
The Steps to Add a License to increase your Google Drive storage are as follows:
- After signing in to your Google Admin console with your administrator account, go to Apps > G Suite.
- Sign in using an administrator account.
- Click on “Add Services.”
- Choose the Google Drive Storage and click on “Add it Now.”
- There, you will receive information about the pricing and payment gateways depending on when you are reading this article.
- Add licenses to your selected user account.
If you have 4 users in your G Suite basic plan that have 30 GB and will like to upgrade to 1 TB for each of your users, using G Suite basic plan to upgrade all 4 users to 1 TB each, would cost you additional of S$112 per user per month on top of S$8 per user per month. The total cost will cost you S$480 for 4 users per month. But when you upgrade your G Suite from a basic plan to business plan, your payment for 4 users will be S$64 per month.
And when you add your 5th user, all 5 users cost will be S$64 + S$16 which is S$80 per month, all 5 users will get to enjoy unlimited storage instead of 1 TB storage.
Let Users Buy their Own Storage
You can also let individual people in your team buy their storage as per their specific needs. But they will have to pay with their own credit card or otherwise yours which is not as safe as doing it under the admin level in your G Suite admin console. This storage or licenses once purchased, can’t be transmitted to other accounts. By right, the data in the Google drive will be own by your organization, as long as the payment to Google Drive belongs to the organization.
Here is the process for letting users in your enterprise buy their own storage.
Step 1: Sign in to your Google account and access your Google Drive
Step 2: At the bottom left, click on “Buy storage”
Step 3: Finally, you can go to Drive Storage and see the options and pricing
Monthly and Yearly payment is available for G Suite Basic users for them to purchase their own storage.
|License size||Monthly price||Yearly price|
|2 TB||27.99||Not Available|
|10 TB||139.99||Not Available|
|20 TB||279.99||Not Available|
|30 TB||419.99||Not Available|
G Suite Basic Plan for Google Drive – Upgrading Storage Plans
You can pay by adding your credit card or debit card, link to your PayPal account or if you have redemption code. Do note that, once you add your credit card or debit card, it will be set as default card which there is no option on removing the card. The only way to remove the card is to update another new card detail and set it as default before you remove the previously added card. Adding the card will be added into the G Suite email address as Google Pay which could also allow payment authorisation for other purposes such as in-app purchases.
If you link it with your PayPal account, you can cancel the subscription within your PayPal account.
The price ranges from 100 GB for S$2.79 per month to 30 TB for S$419.99 per month. As you can see, if the employees buy their own storage. Understand why your Google drive storage is taking up more storage and how you can clear your storage for more space.
Google Drive Pricing for Free Gmail Account
|License size||Monthly price||Yearly price|
Click here to find out more about increasing your Free Gmail Storage space.
All price above are before tax charges, there will be GST charges apply. Current Singapore GST is at 7%.