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Upcoming Google Storage Policy Changes

The Association of Former Students July 7, 2021 10:01 AM updated: July 15, 2021 10:02 AM

Howdy, Ags!

We are informing you about upcoming changes to Google's storage policy, which will affect users of @AggieNetwork.com email accounts. These changes, which will take effect by July 2022, will place tight new restrictions on the amount of file storage available to your account.

Currently, through the Google Workspace for Education program, Google provides every @AggieNetwork.com email account with unlimited storage for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. However, under the new policy, the tens of thousands of @AggieNetwork.com email users will share a finite amount of "pooled storage" space. Regrettably, as we wait for further details from Google, we cannot yet accurately determine your account's future storage allocation. However, based on the limited information we have now, it could be as little as 1 gigabyte.

To prepare for the implementation of Google's new policy, we strongly encourage you to review your current storage usage and delete any unnecessary files in Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

  1. To confirm how much storage you're using, go to https://drive.google.com/settings/storage.
  2. To review and delete large or unnecessary files in Drive, go to https://drive.google.com/drive/quota.
  3. To review and delete large or unnecessary files in shared drives, go to https://drive.google.com/drive/shared-drives.
  4. Consider deleting Drive content that you may have copied to a shared drive. If a file resides in 2 locations, it may be consuming twice the storage space.
  5. To search for and delete unnecessary or large emails, go to Manage files in your Google Drive storage and follow the instructions for Gmail.

If you rely on your @AggieNetwork.com storage for many important files, you must find an alternative storage solution. Although your @AggieNetwork.com account will continue enjoying unlimited storage for now, any storage over the limit could be subject to deletion once Google implements these changes.

As we receive more information from Google about the change to storage limits, we will update you via email. We will also share information on our various social media channels and at tx.ag/StorageLimitUpdates. We recognize that Google’s decision to make this change will greatly inconvenience some of our users. We hope that by making you aware a year before the change takes effect that we are mitigating its impact on you.

Please note that this notification only applies to accounts provided through the @AggieNetwork.com email service, which is powered by the Google Workspace for Education program. If you have a Google account provided directly by Google or via another service provider, you should check with them to see whether that storage policy is changing.

Thanks and gig ‘em!

Aggie Network Web Team
The Association of Former Students | Texas A&M University



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