By Ivy / Last Updated August 7, 2020

Amazon Drive vs Amazon Prime Photos

Amazon Drive, previously called Amazon Cloud Drive, is an online cloud storage that offer 5GB free storage, file backup, file sharing, photo printing, and digital media player. It can store all kinds of files not just photos, including music files, Word documents, PDFs and more. Also, you can access your files and folders from web browser, desktop applications, mobiles and tablets.

Amazon Prime Photos is a free unlimited full-resolution online photos storage with Amazon Prime subscription, and 5GB free for video storage. It supports Family Vault so that you can share unlimited storage with up to 5 people and collect photos together. Also, it lets you share photos with anyone in a group whether prime member or not. In addition, it’s launched in US, Canada, European nations, Japan, Australia and UK. In Brazil, it’s just a free limited storage service.

Amazon Prime

Do Amazon Prime Members Get Free Cloud Storage?

For Amazon cloud storage prime members, you will get Amazon Prime unlimited cloud storage for photos, and 5GB for videos as well as other files. You can use it to save and share photos with your family and friends. Also, you can access from multiple devices, including web browser, desktop applications, mobiles and tablets.

In addition, you need to pay attention to other files, such as, music files, documents, because it will count against the 5GB storage and you need to pay for extra storage when your other files are over-quota. That’s to say, you don’t have the ability to upload videos and other files anymore.

Does Amazon Own Your Photos?

“We may use, access, and retain Your Files in order to provide the Service to you and enforce the terms of the Agreement, and you give us all permissions we need to do so. These permissions include, for example, the rights to copy Your Files for backup purposes, modify Your Files to enable access in different formats, use information about Your Files to organize them on your behalf, and access Your Files to provide technical support. Amazon respects your privacy and Your Files are subject to the Privacy Notice.”

According to Amazon’s terms, it only uses your photos when you need to upload them to Amazon Photos. And the permissions are granted by ourselves. However, apart from this situation, Amazon have no permission to use and access your files. Please feel free to use it.

Can Anyone See My Amazon Photos?

Speaking of this issues, the simplest answer is that the shared picture can be viewed by other people. In Amazon Photos, you have two ways to share pictures. The first and most common way is to share pictures via Facebook, email, direct link, or directly creating groups for other Prime members. Besides, it has a fantastic feature called Family Vault that allows Amazon cloud storage prime members to share unlimited storage with up to 5 people.

With Family Vault, you can invite your family and friends, even non-prime members. After successful invitation, each member has the right to view all photos up uploaded to Family Vault and add their own. At the same time, they will get a free Amazon photos account with unlimited photos and 5GB storage for other files. And the photos of shared members are also private unless they add some or all of photos to Family Vault.

Amazon Prime Cloud Storage Pricing

After getting the answer to common questions, now let’s talk about Amazon Prime cloud storage pricing.

Prime and non-prime member subscribers will receive 5GB free cloud storage which can store 2000 photos. But the space is used to all files, including photos, documents, videos, Excel etc.

For prime member, the subscription fee is $12.99/ month and this is plus any applicable taxes. After subscription, you will get free delivery, exclusive deals, Family Vault, Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, award-winning movies & TV shows, over two million songs from Amazon music with ad, free games and loot with Twitch Prime, and free read on over a thousand books, magazines, comics, Kindle Singles, and more.

For non-prime member or prime member with over-quota files, you could consider 100GB or 1TB Amazon storage plan with annual cost of $19.99 and $59.99 separately.

Amazon Prime Cloud Storage Limit

Like other cloud storage, Amazon Prime has some disadvantages. Here, I’ll briefly introduce to you.

First, this one is mentioned many times in this article – 5GB free space for videos and other files. After your files exceed this limitation, you need to upgrade to 100GB or 1TB plan on Amazon Drive.

Second, file upload limitation with 2GB to Prime Photos.

Third, Amazon will delete or restrict your access to the uploaded pictures if you cancel Amazon Prime or let it expire. The time limit is 180 days.

Fourth, Amazon is for personal and non-commercial use. This prevent you from sharing images with clients or sell photos directly on Prime Photos.

Is Amazon Prime the Best Cloud Storage for Photos?

Except for Amazon, there are many technology companies that provide cloud storage plan for large-capacity photos, for example, Google, Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr and Apple, but they all have limitations.

In Google Photos, you can upload unlimited photos, but the size is limited to 16 megapixels and pictures with full resolution will count against the free space provided by Google.

For Facebook, it claims you have unlimited storage, but actually you can only store 1000 photos in album and the resolution is low by default. If you want to store more photos, you need to contact with them.

To Flicker, it offers users 1TB space free of charge, but it has file and upload limits.

In addition, the photo storage plan for Apple are a little expensive. The monthly fee is $9.99 for 2TB.

To sum up, if you need to store a large amount of photos just for personal use, and don’t limit file size and resolution, Amazon cloud backup - Prime Photos can be considered as the best free cloud storage.

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Wrapping Things up

That’s all for Amazon Prime Cloud Storage, including the common FAQs, pricing and comparison. Its biggest highlight is unlimited cloud storage for photos without limitation. If that what you need, you can consider using it. If not, turn to other cloud storage, such as, Google Photos, Flicker, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.