Google Photos will officially end its unlimited free storage policy for high-resolution and “express resolution” images starting today, June 1st. The policy change was announced in November last year. If you’ve only relied on Google Photos to back up all your smartphone images, you’ll soon have to worry about your account’s storage space.
The policy change also means that Google wants more consumers to pay for cloud storage. Here’s everything to keep in mind when Google changes its Photos storage policy.
Google Photos Storage – What was the previous policy, what has changed?
Google offers 15 GB of free storage. This space is split between Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos. Under the previous policy, high-resolution or express photos, which are compressed formats, did not take into account free storage. This meant that photos could be uploaded for free without worrying about running out of storage.
Since June 1st these photos will count towards the free 15 GB fee. If you upload photos to your Google Account continuously, you may need to purchase some additional storage space.
Google Photos Storage – How much do storage plans cost?
Google One storage is the paid subscription that will add 100 GB or more of storage to your account depending on which plan you choose. The basic plan starts at 100 GB, which is 130 rupees a month or 1300 rupees a year.
The 200 GB plan starts at Rs 210 a month. The other plans are 2 TB at Rs 650 per month or Rs 6,500 per year, 10 TB at Rs 3,250 per month and 20 TB at Rs 6,500 per month and 30 TB at Rs 9,750 per month.
Google Photos Storage – And the photos you uploaded earlier?
Google says the policy change does not affect the previous photos. Therefore, even if you’re not a paying Google One customer, the above photos won’t count toward your storage, and you won’t have to worry about transferring or deleting them for more space. But all photos uploaded from June 1 will be counted for your storage space.
Google Photos Storage – How do I check how much storage I have left?
Just log in to your Google Account and sign in to manage your account storage. The tool link can be found at one.google.com/storage/management. Google will show you which additional files can be deleted, including Photos, Gmail, and Drive.
Google Photos Storage – I have a Pixel phone. Does this affect me?
Pixel users typically get unlimited free storage on Google Photos, but the new policy will also involve some changes.
Those with Pixel 3a and later (up to Pixel 5) can continue to upload high quality photos for free without worrying about storage space. But the photos in original quality will have free storage space.
People with a previous Pixel 3 continue to get unlimited free storage in original quality for all photos and videos uploaded until January 31, 2022. Photos and videos uploaded from or before this date will remain free in original quality.
After On January 31, 2022, new high quality photos and videos will be uploaded for free. If you upload new photos and videos in original quality, they will have a free storage fee.
Pixel 2 received free storage in original quality for all photos and videos uploaded until January 16, 2021. Photos and videos uploaded on or before this date will remain free in original quality. After January 16, 2021, new free quality photos and videos will be uploaded. If you upload new photos and videos in original quality, they will be counted against your storage fee.
Those with the original Pixel (2016) get unlimited free storage with original quality. According to the support page, they will not be able to upload in high quality.