Microsoft's OneDrive online hosting and synchronization service (formerly known as SkyDrive), has recently increased storage for all paid accounts to 1 TB.
Free users on the other hand receive 15 Gigabyte of free storage when they sign up for the service. Options to increase the storage limit for free are provided. It is for instance possible to refer other users to OneDrive to get up to 5 Gigabyte of additional storage (0.5 GB per user) on top of that permanently.
Some users may have received a loyalty bonus as well. When I check my account, I see that Microsoft got me 10 GB of additional storage for that.
The company added a new option to get free storage space yesterday. All you need for that is a mobile phone running Android, iOS or Windows Phone and you can get 15 Gigabyte of free extra space.
Note: This is a limited time offer. It seems to run out at the end of September which means that you have about ten days left to get the storage double-up.
Here is what you need to do:
Enabling the feature transfers new photos and videos that you create with the device to your OneDrive account automatically.
Tip: It is usually possible to enable the backup feature, get the extra storage, and disable it again after it was given to you. I have not tested this in this case but most of the time it works.
This is a great opportunity for OneDrive Free users to double-up the available storage with minimal effort. While it is necessary to enable Camera Backup for that, you may be able to disable the feature afterwards again without losing access to the additional storage in the process.
Just remember that this is a time-limited offer that expires at the end of September 2014.
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