October 20, 2021

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Google Photos ends its free unlimited storage in 2021 – so what are your options?

Google Photos ends its free unlimited storage in 2021 - so what are your options?

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.