To say thank you to Proton paid users, without whom Proton would not exist, we’re giving out annual Storage Bonuses.
The general principle is straightforward:
- When you sign up for any paid Proton plan, you are automatically eligible for Storage Bonuses.
- On the one year anniversary of your paid subscription, you will receive 1 GB of additional storage for free that can be used with your ProtonMail inbox. (In the future, your storage will be shared between your ProtonMail inbox and your ProtonDrive vault.)
- This will happen every year, and your Storage Bonuses will accumulate as long as you have a paid plan with Proton without interruption.
And that’s it! As long as you have a paid Proton plan (this paid plan can be for mail, VPN, or any product we launch in the future), you will automatically earn these bonuses. You do not need to take any action.
The current Storage Bonus is 1 GB per year, but this will be increased in the future.
If you are already a Proton subscriber when the Storage Bonus was announced, then you will receive 1 GB Storage Bonuses for the previous years of your paid plan.
Below, we address some frequently asked questions about the Storage Bonuses.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! The Proton Storage Bonus applies retroactively, which means you will earn bonus storage for the paid subscription you had before this announcement. You can easily calculate how much bonus storage you will receive for your previous paid accounts by determining how many full years you have had your current, uninterrupted paid subscription.
For example, if you have had a Proton paid plan for two years and eight months, that will count as two years for the purposes of bonus storage. Two years means you will receive an additional 2 GB of storage.
Yes! Any additional storage you have already received will remain unaffected. The Storage Bonus will be added on top of those previous bonuses.
No, there is not. As long as you have a paid plan, you will continue to earn Storage Bonuses each year.
No! Going forward, anyone can receive Storage Bonuses. All you need to do is sign up for any paid Proton plan. After one year, you will receive your Storage Bonus (and every year thereafter for as long as you continue with a paid plan).
Yes! As long as you have a paid Proton subscription, regardless of which of our services it is for (ProtonMail, ProtonVPN, or, eventually, ProtonDrive), you will earn your Storage Bonus. And as a ProtonVPN user, you automatically have a free ProtonMail account. All you need to do is sign into ProtonMail using your login credentials for ProtonVPN, and you will be taken to your ProtonMail inbox where the additional storage you have earned will be automatically applied.
No, If you are switching from one paid plan with Proton to another, as long as there is no period of time between your original paid subscription with Proton and your new one, we will treat it as one, uninterrupted subscription.
You can even switch from being a ProtonVPN paid subscriber to a ProtonMail paid subscriber and not lose your Storage Bonus as long as these two plans form one, uninterrupted time period (i.e., in this example, you would keep all your bonus storage as long as your new ProtonMail plan began before your old ProtonVPN plan expired).
Storage Bonuses only apply to your latest, uninterrupted time period as a paid subscriber to a Proton service. If you ever cancel your plan or downgrade your plan to the Free version, that means you are no longer a paid subscriber to Proton and cannot earn bonus storage. The clock on your Storage Bonus will restart the next time you sign up for a paid plan.
No. If you cancel your paid Proton subscription or downgrade to a Free plan, the bonus storage you had earned during your previous paid subscription will no longer apply. Your Free plan will have the standard 500 MB of storage.
Yes! As long as you have at least one paid Proton subscription that is still in good standing, you will continue to earn Proton Storage Bonuses.
PS: You should consider bundling your ProtonVPN and ProtonMail plans for additional savings.