Google Photos is a popular app for free uploads of endless photos and videos. For most Android users, the app serves as a good backup storage to store most of their favourite memories. Google has now announced to change to the unlimited high-quality storage policy.
“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,” Google announced in a blog post.
The 15GB storage that comes with every Google account will now be shared across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos. Users still have time till June 1, 2020 to upload photos and videos in high quality on Google Photos, any upload made from now till then will be free and not counted as part of the 15GB storage.
This does not count with users who have been uploading their photos and videos in Original quality (uncompressed), Google says. All uploads made in its original quality will continue to count as part of the 15GB storage as it has been counting before. To increase your storage after exhausting the free 15GB, users will have to do a Google One subscription.
All Pixel phones are exempted from this, from the Google Pixel 1 to Pixel 5. They will continue to enjoy free and high-quality uploads even after June 1, 2021.
In June 2021, Google will be proving a free storage management tool in Photos. This tool will be able to highlight like dark or blurry photos or large videos so users know the particular memories to keep and delete.
The new changes will take place across the board on the web, Android and iOS versions of Google Photos.