is a great gallery app with a ton of cool features. But more importantly, it is also an online and accessible on any other device by signing in to your Google Account. But what was unlimited photo storage. Well, as they , every good thing must end. Starting today – June 1 – for your pictures and videos.
“As of June 1, 2021, any new photos or videos you back up in High quality (now named Storage saver) or Express quality will count toward your 15 GB of Google Account storage,” says the official Google Photos. Starting today, every photo you click and sync on the cloud will take up some storage that will be counted towards the 15GB of free space awarded to every person with a Google account.
Nothing will happen to your old photos thou.
All photos you’ve clicked before1 and saved on the cloud will remain exempt from the policy change and won’t be counted towards your 15GB cloud storage quota. Only the pictures and videos clicked June 1 onwards will be counted towards the 15GB limit if you Photos. This applies to photos connected in both High quality and Express quality. Following are two more points you should consider:
- As usual, photos and videos backed up in Original quality will be counted towards your Google Account storage.
- Original quality photos later converted to Storage saver quality after June 1 will be counted toward your Google Account storage.
The abovementioned restrictions will apply to all users with adevices. But there’s one exception – the . If you happen to own a Pixel smartphone by Google, you will continue to enjoy unlimited storage for photos and videos saved in high quality. However, the rules differ between the phones when storing images at the original rate. You can find more details about this model-exclusive Google Photos policy for Pixel smartphones .
What are your options?
If you like the convenience of Google Photos, there are only two options: clean your storage by deleting photos or buy moreOne service. You can choose from multiple tiers based on the storage you need. The $2/month , the $3/month plan doubles it to 200GB, while the $10/month plan will provide you with 2TB of cloud storage for storing your media. You can check the pricing and availability of Google One subscriptions in your region .
The second option is to look for alternatives. Here, your options include Microsoft’s One Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Mega, Box, Amazon Photos, and Flickr, to name a few. Most of thesestorage too. And if you’re smart enough, you can allocate/move your photos between these services to avoid eating up the 15GB of Google account storage. Need a solid alternative? Try Plex, which my colleague Adam has been using instead of Google Photos, and write about it .