Google did it again. It closes one of the most popular features in its product universe: Google Photo Free unlimited storage. The company said it will terminate the service from June 1, 2021.
After that date, all uploaded photos will be counted against your free data limit of 15GB. However, all photos uploaded by June 1 next year will still be available under the free unlimited storage option.
Google Photos, which has more than 1 billion users, offers free unlimited storage for high-quality photos (read: compressed) for users on the platform. So with that quality setting the Back & Sync option is easy to turn on and let your photos upload into the cloud without the hassle of storage. I relied on it to back up photos from all Android and iOS devices I have used for years.
The company claims to host over 4 trillion photos and videos, with users uploading 28 billion every week. While media uploads count towards your 15GB free data cap, 80 percent of users do not reach that limit for 10 years.
Compressed images in Google Photos take up about 1-4MB of space. So you can easily squeeze more than 300 photos per GB. So, with Gmail and Drive storage, you still have plenty of space for photos. You can check the current storage usage of Google Photos Here.
From next June your photo upload will be counted against your storage limit. You may want to check regularly what photos you want to keep. Fortunately, Big G will create a new storage management tool for Google Photos next year so you can easily clear valuable images.
If you need even more storage, you have to pay. If you use multiple devices, it still makes sense to use Google Photos by paying for extra storage Google One subscription. Plans for 100GB of storage start at 99 1.99 per month and prices may vary by country. In the individual range, you can get plans for up to 2TB of space.
To store photos, Flickr is an excellent service. It allows you to host 1,000 media items with a 200MB file limit for images and a 1GB file limit for videos. It’s very easy if you are backing up things taken from your phone camera. Alternatively, you can go to Procy with an annual plan of 99 5.99 per month – and it gives You have unlimited storage. Probably the best option if you take tons of photos from your phone and camera.
Then there is Dropbox, Which provides 2 TB of space for individuals with an annual plan of 99 9.99 per month. You can see other plans Here. If you are deep in the Apple ecosystem, it makes sense for you to get extra iCloud storage once you run out of the default 5GB of space. Apple offers plans from 99 0.99 for 50GB per month. You can see the prices in the countries Here.
Unlimited storage of Google Photos is a worldwide favorite feature. But free things never happen. This decision from Google makes more sense than its brutal product shutdowns of Inbox and Google Readers. In addition, it means that other cloud storage providers are likely to offer some excellent deals and lock some customers away from Google.
Published November 12, 2020 – 05:33 UTC