Change coming to Google Storage policy in July 2022

On February 17, Google announced changes to their storage policy and that the unlimited storage offering for education would end starting July 2022. The U of A is at the initial stages of understanding this transition and reviewing the institution’s overall storage strategy.

Due to rising costs of providing storage, there has been a growing trend in the technology industry to discontinue “unlimited” options for cloud-based services, and this in part has influenced Google’s direction.

There are no actions for users to take at this time. We will share more information through the IST website as it becomes available. If you have additional questions, please contact IST at


What should I start doing now?
There are no actions for users to take at this time. We do not recommend deleting or moving U of A institutional data to other non-approved storage solutions (e.g., Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.).

Note: It is not recommended to store personal data on any university system or equipment (computer, phone, etc). If you currently have personal data on your computer or in your university email, you should transfer it to your own personal computer and personal email.

What Google applications are affected by this announcement?
The announcement includes all file types (e.g., documents, videos, and more) across the Google core services (e.g., Gmail, Drive, Photos, and others).

I use Google Drive File Stream and or Google Backup and Sync (now branded Google Drive for Desktop) with my UAlberta Google account. Does this change affect me too?
Yes, these applications provide access to your files stored in Drive and use UAlberta Google storage.