Google Lowers Free Google Drive Storage for Local Guides

For those of you who are Local Guides approaching Level 4, you need to get-to-gettin’.  Google has announced that if you unlock Level 4 by July 21st, you will still get the current 1TB of Google Drive storage for 2 years.  If however, you reach that level after the 21st, you will get 100GB.

We are changing the Drive storage benefit for Level 4 from 1 TB to 100 GB, so that we can continue giving Drive storage to all Level 4 qualified Local Guides. Existing Local Guides who were signed up before July 7, 2016 (12am GMT) can still unlock the original 1 TB offer if they reach Level 4 by July 21, 2016 (12am GMT).

The change is a disappointment for sure but has likely come to bare with all of the new Local Guides that are in play now (to be fair, Google did promote the heck out of it).  Still, the 100GB is in line with other promotions that Google offers.  Chromebook owners get a free 100GB of storage when they register their devices so this change is inline with other promotions.

If you are not familiar with the Local Guide program, it is where you contribute photos, reviews and answer questions about places you have been.  You can register through the Google Maps app

Google Local Guides Program
Google Local Guides Program

or on the Local Guides website and start contributing.  There are 5 levels to the program with each level bringing different benefits.  You gain points by posting photos, reviews, answering questions and editing locations in Google Maps.  All you have to do is contribute through the Maps app (online or the app) under the Your Contributions section to gain points.  If you look at reviews of places in Maps and you notice a little orange compass icon by the reviewer’s avatar, they are a Local Guide.

The program is still worth your time if you like writing short but good reviews of the places you visit.  Check out the site and see if it is something you’d like to join.