[Updated] 7 Ways to Increase OneDrive Storage For Free

Nov 1, 2021 | Other Tips for Mobile and Computer

OneDrive from Microsoft is one of the finest cloud storage services available, and it is integrated into Windows 10. OneDrive provides its customers with 5 GB of free storage space straight away, which is exactly what you receive when you join up with a Microsoft account. You may increase the size of your OneDrive storage for free utilizing a variety of ways. Here are the steps for checking your OneDrive storage and increasing it:

Part 1: How to check your OneDrive storage space?

When you create a Microsoft account, you also sign up for OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, which comes with at least 5 GB of free space by default. Depending on when and how you created your Microsoft account, you may have gotten more free space. Additionally, if you have an Office 365 or Microsoft 365 subscription, you get additional capacity on your OneDrive. To determine the available storage, open your preferred web browser, go to the OneDrive website, and sign in using your Microsoft account. After logging in, you should see the folders and files in your OneDrive. The entire amount of storage space available in your OneDrive is shown in the bottom-left corner of the web page.

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Alternatively, if you’re using Windows 10, you may use the built-in OneDrive app to check your OneDrive storage space. From the system tray, right-click or press-and-hold the OneDrive icon, and then choose Settings from the contextual menu that appears.

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This opens the setup window for Microsoft OneDrive. It should have the Account tab selected by default; if not, select it manually. After that, go to the OneDrive area. This is where you can see your cloud storage capacity and use.

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Let’s look at how you may expand your OneDrive storage.

Part 2: How to check your OneDrive storage space?

Office 365 Subscription

If you subscribe to a Microsoft 365 (previously known as Office 365) Personal subscription, you will get extra OneDrive storage capacity. More exactly, you get a full terabyte: that’s 1024 GB of more storage for your OneDrive! Additionally, if you subscribe to Microsoft 365 Family (previously known as Office 365 Home), you get 6 TB (!) of OneDrive storage – 1 TB for each of the plan’s up to six users. To our minds, this is quite incredible.

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Free Space for Being Loyal

Microsoft has doubled the storage capacity available on its free OneDrive plan; before, it was 7 GB; now, it is 15 GB. However, customers who have been a part of OneDrive when it was known as Windows Live SkyDrive already have 25GB of free space available on their accounts. Additionally, as part of the brand name changeover, the free space was decreased to 15 GB, along with several other changes to its capabilities. Microsoft, on the other hand, awarded long-time customers with a ten-gigabyte Loyalty incentive. When the provided and bonus space are added together, the total comes to 25 GB, thus there was really nothing to lose. As indicated, you may verify this in your extra storage section of your account settings.

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Surface bonus

Another efficient method of increasing your OneDrive storage is to use a surface bonus. When you buy a Microsoft Surface device, you become eligible to get 200 GB of free OneDrive storage for two years. This would be an excellent addition to the Surface’s value/price ratio.

A critical point to remember while taking advantage of the Surface incentive is that, even if you purchase several devices, the Surface devices will not add space to your OneDrive account, but will instead extend the period you possess that space. For instance, having two Surfaces does not entitle you to 400 GB for two years, but rather to 200 GB for four years.

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Enthusiast bonus

This bonus is very adaptable, and you may get it for a variety of activities. For example, you may earn this free OneDrive space if you own or purchase a Windows phone, subscribe to Microsoft services or products, volunteer as a beta tester for Microsoft Office, or enroll in the Bing Rewards program. Additionally, Microsoft continues to run time-limited promotions for OneDrive customers in exchange for free storage space. You may subscribe to their blog to ensure you never miss a promotion. OneDrive’s Blog

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OneDrive Referral bonus

This is a very frequent and popular technique. Microsoft, being very kind, will provide 500MB of free OneDrive storage for each person you recommend, whether they are a friend, family member, or coworker. The maximum number of references is ten individuals who sign up for OneDrive and begin using it. Which means you may use an extra 5 GB of free OneDrive storage to store your stuff.

You may get your referral link and even post it on social media platforms. To do so, just click "Get free storage" on your OneDrive storage page. Please see the illustration below.

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Now, using a social networking site such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, share the invitation link as shown below. As a result, for each friend who signs up for OneDrive using your referral or by clicking the link you shared, both you and your friend will receive an additional 0.5 GB of free OneDrive space.

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Camera roll bonus

If you activate auto backup for your account, which allows picture transfers straight to OneDrive, you will get more storage space. This amount is also contingent upon their present promotional efforts. Normally, this would give you with 3 Gigabytes of additional storage, but this may vary and you may get slightly more or less.

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Subscribe to OneDrive 100GB

Subscribing to Microsoft’s OneDrive 100 GB plan is a more cost-effective way to substantially increase your OneDrive storage. It’s $1.99 per month and provides 100 GB of additional OneDrive storage. While this is less than what you receive with a Microsoft 365 Family or Personal membership, it is still a very comprehensive deal at a very reasonable price.

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