Google has announced that its free image library service, Google Photos, will no longer offer unlimited cloud storage from June 1.
Google Photos allowed billions of people to store an unlimited amount of photos and videos up to 16MP and 1080p resolution, according to Slashgear. Worldwide, there were 28 million photos uploaded to the platform each week.
Starting June 1, users will get up to 15GB of free storage. But you can pay for a Google One subscription to continue using the service.
Existing high-quality image and video files will remain exempt from storage restrictions, but future uploads will start counting to 15 GB. To keep track of the amount of storage you have left, you can check your account with a countdown of when you run out of space.
Google Photos will count photos from its old free library to the 15 GB of free storage allocated by each user. Users with Pixel devices will continue to get free, unlimited storage.
The move was announced in November 2020 after Google Photos leader David Leib tweeted about the move, saying offering free backups cost the company a lot.
The platform will also get a new feature on June 1 that will use AI to analyze stored files and suggest if you want to get rid of blurry photos.
Google One plans vary in price. For 100GB of storage, the plan costs $ 1.99 a month or $ 19.99 a year. A 200GB storage slot will cost $ 2.99 a month or $ 29.99 a year and a 2TB plan will give you back $ 9.99 a month or $ 99.99 a year.
It also offers larger plans for organizations or professionals who need more storage.
Another service similar to Google One is Microsoft OneDrive. The single-user plan provides 5GB of free storage and then you can start paying for more.
100GB of storage costs the same as Google at $ 1.99, and then it’s a 1TB plan for $ 6.99 a month or $ 69.99 a year. They also have other packages that combine photo storage with the Microsoft and Skype suite.