Google Photos is ending its free unlimited High quality storage at the end of this month. Here’s what users should know in advance of that deadline.
Google Photos is ending its unlimited free High quality photo storage on May 31. From June, any new photos uploaded to the platform will count towards an account’s free storage. Google announced that the unlimited photo storage feature would be coming to an end late last year. However, as the deadline gets closer, users should be aware of how best to cope with the change.
Since its launch back in 2015, many people have relied on Google Photos for their storage needs. The app offered free unlimited storage for photos uploaded in High quality, but not Original quality, which have always counted. It was a big boost from Google Drive’s 15GB limit. Besides the storage benefits, the service also has editing and printing tools. Just this year, Google even added a new video editor to the photo management app. Google Photos is now a well-rounded photo storage tool with well over a billion users — and that maturity and user base may be what prompted Google to reassess its offer.
Google explains that, starting from June 1, any new photos and videos uploaded in High quality to Google Photos will count towards the free 15GB storage limit that applies across a user’s whole Google account. Users who reach the limit will have to buy additional storage through Google One. The program starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB of additional storage.
What Google Photos Users Need To Know
For now, any uploads to Google Photos as High quality will still fall under the expiring unlimited photo storage promise. Any users who want to take advantage of the service’s unlimited storage should organize their photos before the deadline. After that, it will turn into a game of organization to fit the rest of the photos into the limited storage — at least without purchasing the Google One subscription plans.
Additionally, some Google Pixel owners can still enjoy the free unlimited storage even past the June 1 deadline. As confirmed by Google, Pixel 2 to 5 owners are exempt from the limit, fulfilling a promise made to people who bought the devices that the service would be free. The limit will apply to any models released after the Pixel 5, though. Unfortunately, users who don’t have an old Pixel model don’t have much of a choice but to go for a Google One subscription or switch to a different service.
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