Gadgets Now Bureau12 Nov, 2020, 08:50AM IST
Google Photos is ending its free unlimited storage: All you need to know
Google Photos will soon no longer offer unlimited free photos and videos backup at ‘high quality’. The photo service will start charging for storage starting June 2021, once more than 15GB on Google account have been used, the company said in a blog post. Any photos or videos uploaded before that day won’t be part of the 15GB cap. However, this means that the 15GB of free storage will also include your Gmail and Google Drive documents. Here’s all you need to know about this change …
The date Google Photos is ending free storage: June 2021
Starting June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the limited free storage that comes with every Google Account.
Your Google Account storage is shared across Drive, Gmail and Photos
Will photos saved before June 2021 too be counted: No
Any photos or videos that users have uploaded in ‘high quality’ before June 1, 2021 will not count towards 15GB of free storage. This means that photos and videos backed up before June 1, 2021 will still be considered free and exempt from the storage limit.
The storage limit is for high-quality photos only.
How to verify backup quality of my photos
You can verify your backup quality at any time in the Photos app by going to back up & sync in Settings.
Photos and videos in original quality not impacted, as there is already a limit for them
If you back up your photos and videos in Original quality, these changes do not affect you. As always, your Original quality photos and videos will continue to count toward your 15 GB of free storage across your Google Account.
How to know I have reached my storage limit: Google will notify
As your storage nears 15GB, Google will notify you in the app and follow up by email.
Google Pixel smartphone users will not be impacted with this change
If you have a Google Pixel 1-5, photos uploaded from that device won’t be impacted. Photos and videos uploaded in High quality from that device will continue to be exempt from this change, even after June 1, 2021.
Find out how long your storage may last
To understand how this impacts you, you can see a personalized estimate for how long your storage may last. This estimate takes into account how frequently you back up photos, videos and other content to your Google Account.
Google will introduce tool to help you delete photos you don’t want
And in June 2021, you’ll be able to access a new free tool in the Photos app to easily manage your backed up photos and videos. This tool will help you review the memories you want to keep while also surfacing shots you might prefer to delete, like dark or blurry photos or large videos.
You can buy more storage in Google Photos by enrolling for Google One plans
If you decide you want more space, you can always expand your storage through Google One. Plans start at $1.99 per month in the U.S. for 100 GB of storage and include additional member benefits like access to Google experts, shared family plans and more.