Google Photos to end free unlimited storage on June 1, 2021

Google Photos to end free unlimited storage on June 1, 2021

Starting June 1, 2021 Google is removing that feature - you'll still be able to back up your photos.

Previously, only images uploaded in the uncompressed "Original" quality preset would be counted towards your storage space, while images uploaded in the compressed "High" quality preset were free.

"Beginning June 1, any new photo or video uploaded in High quality in Google Photos will count toward your free 15 GB storage quota or any additional storage you've purchased as a Google One member", Pastor continues.

Google claims that the reason for the change is to provide users with a higher quality experience and plans to further develop Google Photos in the future. From June 1, 2021, new files created in Drive - including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard - will count against users' 15GB free allotment and any supplementary Google One storage. This all adds up and I have a nice little stockpile of Play credit that can be used not just for apps and games, but my Google storage costs, too. Starting on June 1, 2021, Google will give its users a 15 GB data cap, after which it will require a Google One subscription.

If you fail to follow the rules, Google says it may choose to delete user accounts that've been over their storage limits for two years.

Google Photos to end free unlimited storage on June 1, 2021

Google is also implementing new storage management tools to help users get rid of unwanted content, as well as personalised estimates of how long your free storage should last.

In addition, Google will now be deleting content from accounts not accessed in two years, and also delete content from accounts which have been over the limit for two years. However, if they're modified on or after June 1, 2021, they will count toward your free 15GB of storage.

There are a few things to take into consideration here. Additionally, people with Pixel smartphones will be unaffected by the change.

That storage is shared across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos... which means that you may run out of space pretty quickly if you snap a lot of pictures with your smartphone.

But the company this year has been aiming to close the gap by adjusting perks of its Google One offering to draw more sales.

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