Windows Phone users given 20GB of free SkyDrive space for one year

If you own a Windows Phone device, you might want to check your email right about now for what appears to be an early Christmas gift. Microsoft has sent out a message informing Windows Phone users that they can now claim an extra 20GB of free space on their SkyDrive service for one year.

The email, which was sent early on Saturday morning, stated that the 20GB of free space is in addition to the standard 7GB of free storage already available for all SkyDrive users, which means that most people will have a total of 27GB of space to store their files. However, it's unknown if people who still have the 25GB of free SkyDrive space, given to older Windows Live account holders, are eligible to receive this new offer. 

Update: According to two of our news commentators, the free 20GB offer works even with folks who have the grandfathered 25GB of free SkyDrive space, meaning they can get a whopping 45GB of free storage for a year.

Windows Phone owners have until January 31, 2014 to claim their extra free SkyDrive space. Naturally, Microsoft's email says that the additional storage can be used to upload more photos from their device on the cloud servers just in case something happens to their phone.

Microsoft previously announced that people who purchase a new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet can also get 200GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years.

Thanks to Mystero for the tip!

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I got a Windows phone two weeks ago. I wonder why I haven't received the offer. Is there anything special that would have to be activated on the phone to receive the offer?

All it does when I click the link is load my current plan, and it asks me to pay to update. Any Aussies had this work for them?

Dont see the big deal on these free for one year deals. So you get an additional 20gb free....then if you use the 20gb, you need to keep paying after a year or remove your data. Would rather have a permanent increase of 10gb or so.

techbeck said,
Dont see the big deal on these free for one year deals. So you get an additional 20gb free....then if you use the 20gb, you need to keep paying after a year or remove your data. Would rather have a permanent increase of 10gb or so.

Since WP uses SkyDrive to hold your photos and videos, it is like having an extra 20gb flash when you are out and away from your PC to store your photos.

So even if it is temporary, people that take a lot of photos and videos can make use of it.

Also, it may become permanent or ongoing for WP users. It would be hard for Microsoft to expand out the space for WP users another way, without hurting paying customers or giving users that stopped using their WP a permanent bump.

Incorrect.

If you exceed your remaining storage space when the subscription expires, you'll be able to view, share, and download files on your SkyDrive, but you won't be able to upload files until you buy more storage or free up space.

Been on the Sony Z1 for 2 months now, still got the email and an extra 20GB. Shame it's only for a year though.

neonspark said,
My 25 free, plus 200 from surface, plus 20 from this equals win. Lol @ dropbox
My uncle has 25 GB free, 20 GB Windows Phone, 3GB for Outlook.com beta, 200 GB for Surface, 100 GB for Build and 20 GB for Office 365, 368 GB of space.

Wow, I got this too, and I don't even own a WP8 device - used to have a HTC Trophy from the WP7 days.

I have 265 GB:
25 GB free
20 GB Office 365
200 GB Surface bonus
20 GB Windows bonus

Another Christmas present from Microsoft. Won a year subscription of Xbox Music Pass yesterday from an Xbox UK competition. Happy happy happy.

Just found out if you have more than one hotmail, live or outlook account setup on your Windows Phone you'll receive an email with a different upgrade code in both accounts. So I entered the second code and now the free offer is extended until 12/21/2015.

Raziel14 said,
No love for WP7 users I guess

Are you serious? I received the email and have a Lumia 900, but my wife's 1020 is on the same Microsoft account so we could share apps.

Raziel14 said,
Well, maybe it's just no love for me

No love for me either, and I have several Windows Phones... WP7.8 and WP8.

I got the code. I only ever had an original Samsung Focus, and I changed it out for an Android a few months back. I've gotta say, I really miss that dedicated shutter/wake button, no-BS camera app, and precision keyboard. I'll strongly consider going back with the next phone.

But anyways, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with 45GB of Skydrive. I don't trust it to host anything of any value or with any degree of privacy.

random_n said,
But anyways, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with 45GB of Skydrive. I don't trust it to host anything of any value or with any degree of privacy.

Maybe pictures you want to share with family and friends or even just have an online backup for?

Just don't upload porn or terrorist plans and you'll probably be fine.

I don't personally share so many photos that SMTP can't handle the job. Anything I'd want to back up offsite is either small enough that the 7GB starter is overkill, or big enough that I'd need to both bump up to well over 100GB *and* upgrade my Internet connection significantly to keep up with file changes.

Plus, Skydrive doesn't exactly make it straightforward to do local encryption like a dedicated backup provider would. Microsoft has proven that they're not above snooping in unshared file contents (both programatically and personally), and I can easily imagine my personal creations being erroneously algorithmically flagged for unlicensed copyrighted content and my account being shut down with a miserably arduous process for kinda-maybe getting things back after a few months of delays and appeals.

Even with something as mundane as having an account breach from a keylogger, this same account is tied to my Xbox and all its game saves & purchases, and in the past was required for my phone to operate so it's kind of a big deal to keep it in good standing. Now with Windows 8.1 you need to tie it to your workstation login to use Skydrive, plus there is such heavy encouragement to use it to handle email, contacts management... I have a hard time putting that many eggs in one very fragile basket.

Steven P. said,
What happens after the year and you have more than the default space used?

Here...

Microsoft
If you exceed your remaining storage space when the subscription expires, you'll be able to view, share, and download files on your SkyDrive, but you won't be able to upload files until you buy more storage or free up space.

I would bet that existing WP users will continue to get access to the additional storage next year with either another promotion or an expansion of the baseline free space. (Changing how much users get access to isn't easy when you have paying customers in addition to free users; which is why they just keep offering an ongoing promotion.)

With the newer large mp WP phones, users can easily hit the current limit.

I hope they allow 20 free gigs for as long as you use a WP =). I think that would be a nice little bonus for their users.

You get to KEEP your files. You won't be able to sync any new files until you have less than the maximum amount of space used. Just know that Microsoft WILL NOT delete your files if it is full or over limit.

Gungel said,
You'll need the upgrade code from the email to claim the additional storage.

yes I know but im not going claim this additional storage because its for one year

subcld said,

yes I know but im not going claim this additional storage because its for one year

Well if you have no use for it I'll gladly take the code off your hands when you do get it.

Romero said,

Well if you have no use for it I'll gladly take the code off your hands when you do get it.


lol if I receive an email I might.... or might not

I love free stuff as much as the next person, but i hate this type of 'give away'. What do you do after a year? You either need to be organised enough to have emptied that 20GB by years end or pay up. I wonder how much MS makes from people that anic and just pay up instead of losing their files.

I marked it in my calendar right away for 2014-12-21 so I wouldn`t forget.
In a year you can either start paying for it or stop using it, just like aaaaaaany other free trial.

MikeChipshop said,
I love free stuff as much as the next person, but i hate this type of 'give away'. What do you do after a year? You either need to be organised enough to have emptied that 20GB by years end or pay up. I wonder how much MS makes from people that anic and just pay up instead of losing their files.

1) Wait for another offer in a year. Sometimes these are to test use or provide more storage without harming paying customers. They may also result in the 'free' amount being expanded.

2) SkyDrive has a small grace period; however, it doesn't delete your data if you are over the limit, you just can't change it.

If you exceed your remaining storage space when the subscription expires, you'll be able to view, share, and download files on your SkyDrive, but you won't be able to upload files until you buy more storage or free up space.

MikeChipshop said,
I love free stuff as much as the next person, but i hate this type of 'give away'. What do you do after a year? You either need to be organised enough to have emptied that 20GB by years end or pay up. I wonder how much MS makes from people that anic and just pay up instead of losing their files.
If the year is over and you are using space of this free offer, your SkyDrive account will stop syncing and you won't be able to add new files until you remove enough data to go under your limit, you won't lose anything.

Yes it's just like Dropbox where you can still copy your stuff off. You just can't make changes until you've removed enough content.

MikeChipshop said,
I love free stuff as much as the next person, but i hate this type of 'give away'. What do you do after a year? You either need to be organised enough to have emptied that 20GB by years end or pay up. I wonder how much MS makes from people that anic and just pay up instead of losing their files.

Agreed. What I don't get about this promotion is why is it even temporary at all? If LG can get DropBox to offer any Android user with an LG phone 50GB of storage for free for life then why can't MS at least make this 20GB free forever...

MikeChipshop said,
I love free stuff as much as the next person, but i hate this type of 'give away'. What do you do after a year? You either need to be organised enough to have emptied that 20GB by years end or pay up. I wonder how much MS makes from people that anic and just pay up instead of losing their files.

I agree, it's a bit of a give with one hand, take away with the other deal. No doubt hoping people will decide to just pay for the storage when the time is up.

Nevermind, it worked after all. I entered the code I received from the email and after a few minutes I got the full amount of 65GB. Here is what Skydrive shows now.
Free 25 GB
Office 365 Subscription 20 GB
Enthusiast bonus 20 GB Valid through: 12/21/2014

Heard about this yesterday, and still haven't seen anything on any of my WP - MS Accounts.

I'm curious if paying SkyDrive customers are excluded from the offer, or if it is just a random email rollout.

Mobius Enigma said,
Heard about this yesterday, and still haven't seen anything on any of my WP - MS Accounts.

I'm curious if paying SkyDrive customers are excluded from the offer, or if it is just a random email rollout.


It should not: I have additional space I bought and I just see the email about the additional space.

Mobius Enigma said,
Heard about this yesterday, and still haven't seen anything on any of my WP - MS Accounts.

I'm curious if paying SkyDrive customers are excluded from the offer, or if it is just a random email rollout.

For both a no: I'm a paying SkyDrive user and got the mail, and it doesn't seem to be random either, everyone is getting this mail.

Studio384 said,
For both a no: I'm a paying SkyDrive user and got the mail, and it doesn't seem to be random either, everyone is getting this mail.

I never thought it was 'random', just rolling out the emails at various times 'randomly'.

I still haven't received the email on any of my accounts or any of my employees have received it either. So obviously, the email is being rolled out on a random schedule.

Heh. I bought a Windows phone, took it back because of issues with the camera, still got my free 20GB. Up to a cool 45GB now.

I got 48GB from dropbox & Samsung when I bought my S4.

However, it's unknown if people who still have the 25GB of free SkyDrive space, given to older Windows Live account holders, are eligible to receive this new offer.

I can confirm you are eligible to get the free 20GB on top of existing 25GB. I got the link this morning (even though I ditched Windows Phone a few months ago and went back to iOS until the Nexus 5 came out ), clicked it, redeemed the code, and presto. http://i.imgur.com/eCVslE8.png

But it doesn't count the additional space from signing up for Office 365. I had 25GB and got 7GB with the Office subscription. So for me it went from 32GB to 45GB.

It did for me, I have office 365 university (+20) basic skydrive (7) and now this bonus for windows phone users (+20) and my total storage is now 47gb.

I have to take that back. I must have not waited long enough after entering the upgrade code. It didn't just add the 20GB it also gave me the new 20GB Office 365 storage for a grand total of 65GB:
Free 25 GB
Office 365 Subscription 20 GB
Enthusiast bonus 20 GB Valid through: 12/21/2014

_Alexander said,
245 GB
25 GB Free
200 GB Surface 2 Pro
20 GB Windows Phone

Owned?

Only way to beat that is if you purchase another 200gb on top of that.

MrHumpty said,
what was the subject of the e-mail? I haven't seen mine yet.

Windows Phone customers: 1-year SkyDrive storage increase (respond by January 31)

this is pretty sweet news.
I've got 3 outlook accounts on my windows phone- so I got 3 offers.
offer extends to 2016 for me now. w00t

I have the original 25, added 100 to this and now the additional 20, ALL my pictures, documents and music live on skydrive along with being synchronised to my desktop and laptop and obviously accessible from phone and any web browser.

Having this level of local access but cloud backup along with device sync and instant access is amazing and has changed the way I secure and think of my data.

I also have an xbox music pass, so all the music I have on skydrive is matched and classed as purchased, so shows up on my phones music app like its local - once played it becomes local (or I can just add it to the device manually if I want).

Big skydrive fan here