Google Photos is updating its storage policy starting as of 1st June 2021. The platform will no longer provide unlimited free storage for photos at High Quality resolution.
Any new photos and videos you upload on Google Photos starting from 1st June 2021 will be counted as part of your free 15 GB storage that comes with all Google Accounts. If you have exhausted your 15 GB free storage across Gmail, Drive and Photos you will have to purchase additional storage in order to continue uploading photos at high-resolution.
Any photos or videos that have been uploaded before 1st June will not actually count towards the free Google Photos storage, and users still get 15GB of free storage with their Google account.
If you use Google Photos as a ‘back up and sync’ feature to back up photos from your smartphones, it may be a good time to check the setup so as to avoid hitting the new storage limit. For example, do your images really need to be backed up in ‘high quality’?
If you are worried about hitting the 15GB storage limit on Google Photos, it may be a good idea to go through your Google Photos library and delete any blurry images, or those images and videos that are no longer required.
Google has a new free tool which will help you to manage backed up photos and videos. The new option will help you in reviewing which content you want to keep and which you wish to delete.
The Google blog states: “You can verify your backup quality at any time in the Photos app by going to back up & sync in Settings.”
“…over 80 percent of you should still be able to store roughly three more years’ worth of memories with your free 15 GB of storage. As your storage nears 15 GB, we will notify you in the app and follow up by email.”
There are other cloud photo backup options, but in our opinion, none as good as Google Photos.
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