Google Photos' most endearing feature is going out the window starting June next year

Google Photos' most endearing feature is going out the window starting June next year
Google Photos will no offer unlimited free storage after six months — this gives users two optionsBI India
  • Google Photos will no longer be offering free unlimited storage started 1 June 2021.
  • Before June, users can upload as many photos as they wish into their Google Photos account since the limit will only kick in next year.
  • Those who run out of storage next year can either upgrade to a Google One account or delete the blurry and unnecessary photos from their backup.
Google Photos will no longer be offering unlimited free storage to users starting June next year. But, the change only applies after the date. So, if there’s anything you want to back up and get on the cloud — do it before 1 June 2021.

This undercuts one of the most endearing aspects of Google Photos — knowing that you always had a place to back up your memories. Existing Google One subscribers, who have more than 15GB of storage, will also be subject to the same regulation.

If you’re clicking an image with a 12-megapixel lens, the average size of an image will be 3.6 MB. This means you can store 277 photos per GB. With 15 GB, you can squeeze in over 4,000 images.

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MegapixelsFile Size (MB)Images Per GBImages per 15 GB
5.5MP1.75888820
8MP2.44176255
10MP33334995
11MP3.33034545
12MP3.62774155
16.6MP52003000
18MP5.21922880

You can get a personalised estimate of how long your existing storage will last here.

All photos are equal
Until now, only images that were in the uncompressed ‘original’ quality preset counted towards storage space and those which were under the ‘high’ quality present were free.

However, once summer rolls around again, all uploads — regardless of style or stature — on Google Photos will count towards the overall 15GB of storage that users get with every free Google account.
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And, while the platform is called Google ‘Photos’, it should be highlighted that the change applies to uploads of both photos and videos.

Is there a way out?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. But, you may have to loosen the purse strings a little bit.

In case you exhaust that limit after June 2021, it’s not a complete loss. You can always sign up for one of the fancy Google One accounts, which allows users to expand their storage quota.
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Google One storagePrice per month
100 GB₹130
200 GB₹210
2 TB₹650

Is there ANOTHER way out?
In order to make the transition for habitual Google Photos users, the company will be rolling out a new tool for its users to help manage photo uploads.

The tool will help users sort through their backed up photos and videos. Allowing you to pick and choose what you want to keep, and highlight what you can afford to delete — like photos that seem blurry or dark.

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It’s not perfect but it does help with the filtering process, and will help users manage within the limited space they have.

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