We used to call Google Photos the most useful and the best photo storage app on the planet. The one key feature of Google Photos was its free unlimited photo and video uploads and backups in a ‘high quality’ option. That is about to change next year, and Google has now announced that this feature will be going away on June 1, 2021.
If you are still not using Google Photos free unlimited storage option, our in-depth guide might help you, spoiler alert: thank us later
After five years of launch, Google Photos has more than 4 trillion photos and videos, including yours, and nearly 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded every week. That is a tremendous amount of storage. Keeping up with the ever-increasing demand for storage, especially at such a huge scale, is a task in itself. So they are now changing their storage policy.
Starting June 1, 2021, all new photos and videos backed up in High quality will count toward the free 15 GB of storage that comes with every new Google account the same way other Google services like Google Drive and Gmail already do. If you have a Google One subscription, then it will be counted towards that.
If you are a Google Photos user and you heavily rely on its free unlimited backup option, this might arise a lot of questions in your mind. So we are trying to answer everything by FAQ format
What will happen to my existing photos in Google Cloud?
Do any of these changes affect the “Original Quality” option?
Does anyone opt-out from these new changes?
Do I need to take any precaution right now?
Most users will have years before they need to take action.
How can I clean Blurry and unwanted photos?
How can I extend my 15GB storage limit?
What will happen if my account is Inactive?
But Google will notify you multiple times before they attempt to remove any content. The simplest way to keep your account active is to periodically visit Gmail, Drive or Photos on the web or mobile.
When will I reach the 15 GB quota?
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