Come June 1st, 2021 and Google Photos will stop offering unlimited free storage for your “high quality” photos. So, from June next year, new photo and video uploads will count towards the 15GB of free storage included with every Google Account. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard data will also count toward your Drive cap. Also Read - YouTube Experiences Worldwide Outage, Google Play Also Down
In a blog post, the company wrote, ”Starting June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the free 15 GB of storage that comes with every Google Account or the additional storage you’ve purchased as a Google One member. Your Google Account storage is shared across Drive, Gmail and Photos. This change also allows us to keep pace with the growing demand for storage. And, as always, we uphold our commitment to not use information in Google Photos for advertising purposes. We know this is a big shift and may come as a surprise, so we wanted to let you know well in advance and give you resources to make this easier.”
However, you don’t need to worry right away because photos and videos backed up before June 1, 2021 will still be considered free and exempt from the storage limit. You can verify your backup quality at any time in the Photos app by going to back up & sync in Settings. You can click here to estimate how long your storage will last.
Google claims that roughly 80 percent of Photos users won’t hit their 15GB cap for about three years after the new policy goes into effect. Once your 15 GB has been used up, you will have the choice to subscribe to one of the Google One plans if you plan to keep uploading.
Product lead David Lieb explained the end to unlimited free storage as necessary to “align the primary cost” of offering Google Photos while acknowledging the “primary value” of online storage for years’ worth of snapshots. He noted that users upload 28 billion photos and videos per week, and there were already 4 trillion photos on Google’s servers.
Meanwhile, Pixel owners will still be able to upload high-quality (not original) photos for free after June 1st without those images counting against their cap. Google is also introducing a new policy of deleting data from inactive accounts that haven’t been logged in to for at least two years.
Google Photos was introduced over five years ago, and since then it’s become one of the company’s most beloved services. More than 4 trillion photos are stored on Google Photos, with 28 billion new photos and videos uploaded every week.