Google is dropping the Local Guides Drive reward from 1TB to 100GB

You have until July 21 to unlock the 1TB of storage by reaching level four, which requires a hefty batch of contributions.

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Derek Walter

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If you’re closing in on level four with Google’s Local Guides program, it’s time to step on the gas.

That’s because after July 21, the offer of free Google Drive storage drops from 1TB to 100GB. The unfortunate notice came in one of the regular emails to contributors about the program.

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Local Guides members got the bad news in an email.

As the message indicates, you have a little bit of time to still cash in the 1TB, but that requires 200 points in the Local Guide rankings, which requires a lot of reviews, photos, and other contributions.

There was a little bit of good news, however. The notice offered details about deeper integration between Google Photos and Maps, so you can easily attach your images to a place you’ve visited.

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Your pictures will appear inside of Google Maps for easy contributions.

You’ll need to enable location history to make this happen, which you can always turn off if this starts to feel a little too creepy.

The impact on you: Reducing storage offers unfortunately isn’t new, as Microsoft irked some customers recently over scaling back how much free space it offers through OneDrive. It’s hard to imagine Google running out of space, but it’s possible the program got so popular the company didn’t want to give out too much free room inside of its cloud.

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