Get 1TB of Google Drive storage for free

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It's hard to have too much storage, and cloud storage is particularly handy. Microsoft may have cut the amount of space OneDrive users have access to, but Google is giving you a way to gain 1TB of Google Drive space for free.

There is, of course, a slight catch. While the storage space is free, you will have to work for it. It's all part of a big push of Google's Local Guides program. Make contributions to Google Maps in the form of uploading photos, writing reviews, and correcting mistakes and you'll be rewarded in a number of ways.

Google has turned the program into something of a game, but it will take some time before you earn the free storage space. Update to the latest version of Google Maps on your phone, and you'll notice that there is a new Contributions option. Here you find out how you can earn points that can be used to level up and earn a variety of rewards.

On the Google Maps blog, Google reveals how the points system translates into rewards:

  • Level 1 (0 - 4 points): Enter exclusive contests (think new Google devices!) in select countries.
  • Level 2 (5 - 49 points): Get early access to new Google products and features.
  • Level 3 (50 - 199 points): Show up in the Google Maps app with your official Local Guides badge.
  • Level 4 (200 - 499 points): Receive a free 1 TB upgrade of your Drive storage, allowing you to keep all the stories, photos, and videos from your travels in one safe place.
  • Level 5 (500+ points): The very top Local Guides will become eligible to apply to attend our inaugural summit in 2016, where you’ll be able to meet other top Guides from around the world, explore the Google campus, and get the latest info about Google Maps. Look out for details early next year.

To get started, sign up for Local Guides, and download the Android or iPhone app. The video below explains how it all works.

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