Google did it again. It covers one of the most popular features in its product universe: Google Photography Free unlimited storage. The company has announced that the service will be discontinued from June 1, 2021.
After that date, all uploaded photos will be limited to your free data limit of 15GB. However, all photos uploaded before June 1 next year will be available under the free unlimited storage option.
With over 1 billion users, Google Photos offers free unlimited storage of high quality photos (read: compressed) for users on the site. So with that standard layout the back & sync option is easy to enable and allows you to upload your photos to the cloud without any storage hassle. I have relied on this to backup photos from all the Android and iOS devices I have used for years.
Photos host over 4 trillion pictures and videos, with users uploading 28 billion every week. While media uploads count towards your 15GB free data cap, 80 percent of users will not reach that limit for 10 years.
Compressed images in Google Photos take up about 1-4MB of space. So you can easily squeeze in more than 300 photos per GB. So, with Gmail and Drive storage, there will still be plenty of space for multiple photos. You can check the storage consumption of your current Google Photos Here.
From next June your photo upload will be against your storage limit. Be sure to check which photos you want to place. Fortunately, Big G said it will release a new storage management tool for Google Photos next year so you can easily delete unqualified images.
If you need even more savings, you will have to pay. If you use multiple devices, it makes more sense to use Google Photos by paying for extra storage Google One subscription. Plans for 100GB of storage start at 99 1.99 per month, and prices may vary by country. In the individual layer, you can get plans for 2TB of space.
To save photos, Flickr is a great service. It allows you to host 1,000 media items with a 200MB file limit for images and a 1GB file limit for videos. It’s very easy if you back up things taken from your phone camera. Alternatively, you can go Pro with an annual plan of 99 5.99 per month – it gives You have unlimited storage. If taking a ton of photos from your phone and camera is the best option.
Then there is Dropbox, Which provides 2TB of space for individuals for an annual plan of 99.99 per month. You can see other projects Here. If you are deep in the Apple ecosystem, you will understand that you get extra iCloud storage after leaving the default 5GB space. Apple offers plans starting at 99 0.99 per 50 GB per month. You can see the prices in the countries Here.
Unlimited storage of Google Photos is a favorite feature around the world. But free things do not last forever. This decision by Google makes more sense than its relentless product shutdowns that include Inbox and Google Reader. In addition, it may indicate that other cloud storage providers are likely to offer some fantastic deals and grab some customers from Google.
Posted November 12, 2020 – 05:33 UTC