From June 1, 2021, Google Photos will no longer offer unlimited photo storage

Written by: Tech Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: November 12, 2020 12:25:58 PM


From June 1, 2021, all your photos and videos will be counted to 15GB of local storage available on all Google Accounts.

Google is about to change its unlimited high quality storage policy. The company has announced that users of Google Photos will no longer receive uploads from June 1, 2021. If you upload high quality images or videos from next year, they will be considered within your Google Drive storage range. On Wednesday, Google confirmed in a blog post that the company needs to change its policy to “welcome more of your memories.”

No upload uploads from June 1, 2021: What does this mean?

From June 1, 2021, all your photos and videos will be counted to 15GB of local storage available on all Google Accounts If you do not know, Google offers a total of 15GB of native storage for Gmail, Drive, and Photos. So, if the storage space provided is full, you will need to purchase a Google One subscription to get more storage. Google has commented that all existing high quality content will be excluded from the storage quota. If you upload high quality new photos and videos before June 1, 2021, they will not be considered for your Google Account storage.

What is the current Google Storage Policy?

Currently, Google offers unlimited backup options for “high quality” photos and videos. However, images are automatically compressed to 16MP and videos to high definition. There is also an express option, which offers generic unlimited storage, but also compresses photos via 3MP. If you have selected the original quality option, the new changes will not affect you. Google already counts all your “original quality” photos against a storage cap in the Photo app. If you own a Google Pixel phone, you do not have to worry about Google allowing you to upload photos and videos in a high quality setting.

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Why is Google changing its storage policy?

Google Photos Product Lead David Lib Explained On Twitter, he said the policy needs to be changed as back-up backups are costly for the company. In addition to offering a generic service, “adjusting the initial cost” is also an essential step in accepting the “primary value” of online storage.

What is the price of Google One subscription in India?

Google One’s basic subscription offers you 100 GB of storage space for Rs 130 per month or Rs 1,300 per year. By closing it, you get plenty of storage space that you can share with your family. For 200GB storage space, you have to pay Rs 210 per month or Rs 2,100 per year. At 2 TB, Google One in India costs Rs 650 per month and Rs 6,500 per year. 10 TB is priced at Rs 3,250 per month.

You have 6 months to decide

Since the changes will take place in June next year, you have plenty of time to decide. You can either adopt Google’s policy or switch to any other cloud storage with a better deal. Google claims that “once this change goes into effect on June 1, 2021, 80% of users will be able to use your S15 native 15GB of storage for about three more years.” Google says it will notify everyone in the app before June 1 and follow up via email.

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