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What Is the Difference between Amazon Photos and Amazon Drive?

Amazon Photos and Amazon Drive are both cloud storage services, but offer different features.

Amazon Photos Amazon Drive

Amazon Photos is a secure cloud storage service for photos and videos.

Amazon Drive is a secure cloud storage service for most common file types.


Upload, download, view, edit, and create albums or share photos and videos.

Amazon Photos app is a photo gallery, which displays images or videos from your compatible devices.

Upload, download, preview, and share files, including photos and videos.

Amazon Drive is used to manage files and folders, and preview documents.

Supported Platforms & Devices
  • Web browser
  • Desktop app
  • iOS app
  • Android app
  • Fire devices
  • Web browser
  • Desktop app
  • iOS app
  • Android app
  • Fire devices

Note: Amazon Photos desktop app is used for both services.

Principal Features
  • Photo and video storage
  • Photo and video gallery
  • Photo editor
  • Photo and video sharing
  • Family Vault
  • Photo sharing groups
  • Search photos by people, places, and things
  • File storage
  • File sharing
  • File preview
File Types

Most common photos and video file types such as:

  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • MP4, etc.

Most common file types such as:

  • PDF
  • DOCX
  • ZIP
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • MP4, etc.

All Amazon customers, without an Amazon Prime membership, get 5 GB of free storage. The storage can be used to store photos, video or files, using Amazon Photos or Amazon Drive. Amazon Prime customers get 5 GB of free storage to store video or files and unlimited photo storage.

Various monthly and annual storage plans are available for all customers. You can see all storage plans and prices by going to the Your Storage page.

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