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Google once again offering 2GB of free Drive storage for securing your account

To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, Google is once again offering free 2GB of Drive storage for reviewing your account's security settings. The Security Checkup gives you an overview of the devices connected to your Google account, recent login activity, your recovery email address and phone numbers, account permissions across websites and services, app passwords, and two-factor authentication settings.

Google rolled out a similar promotion last year. The free storage is immediately credited to your Google account once you perform the Security Checkup, and you have until February 11 to claim the additional storage. Head to the link below to get started.

Review your account's security settings

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

36 Comments
  • Did it and it works....thank you Posted via the Android Central App
  • How do you "claim it"?
  • You receive it after reviewing the security of your account. Posted via the Android Central App
  • After you done, make sure you press the "done" button on the bottom of each section. It will automatically apply once done. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I did it last year and this year. 4gbs free. Not bad. I'm at 19gbs total Posted via the Android Central App
  • Took me 2 minutes. Loves me some freebies that are useful and with no strings. Can't lose.
  • Worked on my G3. Tried it on my iPhone for a different email and it did NOT work. Maybe because of Safari? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm once again declining, because they rifle through your private files, all of them.
  • Well don't they already do that regardless? Might as well get something out of it Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Seriously don't worry about that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doing this security check up only let's you change your recovery email and phone number and you can decline access to other phone that are signed in with your email and decline app permissions. That's not gonna change the fact that companies always will and have looked at user data. You own an android phone Google has seen every piece of data on your phone so maybe you should get more educated on how this stuff works before being so ignorant to the fact that you've already gave Google permission to use your data. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly Posted via the Android Central App
  • Would you like a tinfoil hat ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, I for one decline to store my personal pics on someone else's database. I detest the whole cloud thing and will keep my files backed up in a spare hard drive..
  • That's great until you lose the phone or it is damaged before you have had a chance to backup the last day's pictures. Don't get me wrong, I'm a believer in doing both.
  • Done. Easy way to get plus 2 GB ☺ Posted via the Android Central App
  • For those worried about cloud backup, don't worry. You don't have to authorize things to backup all your photos or anything like that. It's a security review to make sure that your logged in devices are actually yours, that the apps given access to your account are actually supposed to have access, and that you have alternate info listed in case your account needs to be recovered after it's locked. You get 2GB extra space to be shared between all things Google, including Gmail.
  • I have 119GB but i don't know why :D Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here lol. I have 67 GB - 50 gigs be must something that I got with my Moto X, I guess.
  • The default is 15. Add 2 for this year and 2 for last year... 19. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the heads up. Got the extra 2GB.
  • Drive is still showing the 15gb, after completing, but I will get back to it later. There is no forum signature to read here! Go away!
  • Nice! Now at 219GB.
  • Ah OK if I click on the Drive Storage in Settings it takes me to a new screen, then go back and it's then showing the added 2gb. Silly me, Google. There is no forum signature to read here! Go away!
  • Good to know!
  • Thanks for posting this, always nice to get free storage Posted via the Android Central App
  • Didn't work for me.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • just got mine, cheers Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the tip. Last year I took advantage too. Please remind us all next year if Google decides to up the storage again.
  • is this 2gb permanent
  • It seems to be permanent Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for heads up Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm renting out my 2gb if anyone wants to make me an offer :) -------
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  • Thanks for the tip, Harish!
  • Sweet Posted via the Android Central App