Google photos to stop offering free unlimited storage from next year

Google Photos is no doubt the best and most widely used platform for storing photos and videos. One of the most important feature of Google Photos is the free unlimited storage for photos and videos in a compressed format. But things are changing as Google Photos will no longer offer free unlimited storage starting from June 1, 2021.

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Starting June 1, 2021, Google Photos will limit free storage to the 15GB that comes with every Google account. It means that every file uploaded to the Photos after June 1, 2021, will consume space from the 15GB quota. For more storage, users have the option to go for Google One subscription which starts at $1.99 per month ($19.99 per year) for 100GB.

It should be noted that all the images and videos uploaded before Jun 1, 2021, will not be counted towards the 15GB limit. If your Google Photos has the default settings, which means storing original quality photos and videos, then these changes won’t affect you.

Here’s some good news for the pixel smartphone owners. The free unlimited high-quality backup will still there for pixel 2 or later whereas the first-gen Pixel to get free unlimited original quality backup. The company will bring a tool in June next year for managing the already backed up media files. The tool will automatically group media that you may want to delete such as dark, blurry photos, and large videos.

As of now, Google Photos has stored more than 4 trillion photos and videos. And, every week 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded. No doubt, these new changes in the service will affect a vast number of users. What do you think about this change, let me know down below in the comments.