Grab 2GB of permanent Google storage by completing a Security Checkup
Complete the Google Security Checkup today to add 2 Gigabyte of additional permanent storage to your Google Account.
Google runs a special promotion on Safe Internet Day -- just like it did last year -- that awards Google account owners with an increase of 2 Gigabyte of permanent storage if they complete the company's Security Checkup.
The checkup takes less than a minute to complete and will net you another 2 Gigabyte of storage to your account.
You may remember that Google ran the same promotion last year as well.
Visit the Security Checkup website with a click on the following link: https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount
You are asked to sign in to your Google account if you are not logged in already. The checkup consists of several parts that you go through to verify important account and security related information:
- Check your recovery information - Verify your recovery phone, recovery email and security question. You may remove recovery email and security question, or edit the phone number associated with the recovery of the Google account.
- Check your connected devices - Google lists the current and the last device used to access the Google account. Additional information, like the browser and location used are provided as well to make it easier to identify individual devices.
- Check your account permissions - This displays apps, websites and devices that are connected to the Google Account. You may remove access for select items or display additional informatino about them that include the date of authorization and the permission type.
- Check your 2-step verification settings - This displays the main phone number used for verification, backup phone and backup codes.
Google informs you about the storage additional directly after you complete the Security Checkup process.
To help celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, we added 2 GB of free Drive storage to your Google account because you completed the Security Checkup.
Visit Google's Drive Storage page to verify that the 2 Gigabyte of free extra storage has been added to your account.
There you need to hover over the pie chart to display used and total space. Total space includes the current plan, and all permanent or temporary promotions that added extra storage to the account.
The new 2 Gigabyte of storage are listed as 2016 Security Checkup Bonus under total storage.
Since it is usually a good idea to verify security settings regularly anyway, it is probably a good idea to do it today as it nets you an extra 2 Gigabyte of storage. It takes less than a minute to complete the checkup -- provided that you don't need to do any modifications -- and the extra storage is awarded directly to the account without any delay. (via Caschy)
Now You: How much free storage do you have currently?
Is it mandatory to have a recovery phone number and/or 2-step verification?
I don’t know. I had both set up previously, but I would guess that you only need to complete the checkup process to get the 2 GB of storage.
I tried and I can confirm that it works without adding a phone number.
Although the main Drive UI (https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive) still doesn’t show the extra 2GB, but it will probably just take a bit of time (I can see it here: https://www.google.com/settings/storage).
It is not mandatory, but from my humble opinion as a common user, it is strongly recommended.
It adds a higher level of security to your account.
Plus it’s free.
It does not appear to be, I just skipped through both options for one account and I got the 2GB.
Thanks. Simple tips. Now I get 2gb storage for free.
Thanks Martin! Got my free 2gb on all my gmail accounts and this also made me check some of my security settings so win-win.
This works each year as I received 2 GB in 2015 and just received an additional 2 GB for 2016.
now 19 GB for theee google account
Done, thanks Martin
Thank you for this tip
The question at the bottom of this article was: “How much free storage do you have currently?”
My answer: Zero. Nil. Nada. Nothing. Niente. Nichts. Because this kind of free cloud storage is paid for with loss of privacy and loss of data security. I don’t even have a Gmail account anymore (except for a dummy one, which unfortunately is hard to avoid if you want to keep your Android software up to date).
But of course I do understand that this Google action is good news for many. We all are free to decide if we want to pay for our conveniences in money, or in a more roundabout way.
Encrypt whatever you upload or make password protected rar archives.
“My answer: Zero. Nil. Nada. Nothing. Niente. Nichts. Because this kind of free cloud storage is paid for with loss of privacy and loss of data security. I don’t even have a Gmail account anymore (except for a dummy one, which unfortunately is hard to avoid if you want to keep your Android software up to date)”
You just completely contradicted yourself. You said you don’t have any free cloud storage and not have a gmail account, then you said you have a dummy google account, hence you have free cloud storage, even if you don’t use it.
Also, you don’t necessarily “need” a google account to keep your android software up to date, it just makes it more convenient having one and using Google play.
Thank you Martin
Thanks Martin. Simple & useful. Please remind us again next year, please.
I tried, and added a phone number, got a verification code, and nothing.
try add fingerprint scan and eye retina image
this tbh fam
Thanks for letting us know, Martin!
Ghacks is super…
If you’re fan of file sharing or data syncing, take action quickly, as this could be a limited time offer:) one more thing is… Microsoft, yes, MS’s OneDrive â€œFreeâ€ storage decreases from 15GB to 5GB. generally, it’s marketing strategy.
Cool. I use Gdrive with Gamesave Manager to allow for cloud backup of those games steam doesn’t support, and the occasional doc or three.
1.01 TB :)
I missed it. :-(
I think it still works today.
19 GB of free storage. Thanks for the tip!
Every thing is going well with Google Nexus 6p. Thanks for all the help and the 2GB.
Hi there, sorry does this security check how time limit or region limit? Cos im still unable to get that 2GB :(
didn’t work today