Google offers 15GB of free cloud storage with every new Google account. It is shared across Drive, Gmail and Photos. Now the search engine giant has announced that it will stop offering free unlimited storage for high-quality photos and videos from June 1st, 2021.
In a blog post, Google said that this is a big shift and may come as a surprise. However, the company’s Pixel (first to the fifth generation) smartphones won’t be impacted with the storage cap and users can upload photos and videos even after June next year.
Google Photos will stop offering free unlimited storage in June 2021
Starting June 1 next year, any files uploaded to Google Photos will be counted towards the 15GB default storage. However, any photos and videos uploaded before the date will not be counted to the storage space. Previously, only compressed pictures in high quality were free while uncompressed original quality images were counted to the storage space.
With the new change that will take into effect from June 1st, all images uploaded after the date will be counted towards the default storage. Google claims that 80 percent of Photos users won’t hit their 15GB cap for about three years. As the storage is close to filling up, Google will notify the user and will give the option to expand the storage through a Google One subscription.
Google also announced that it will offer a new tool in June 2021 that will allow Photos users easily manage their media. The tool will automatically highlight memories the user may want to keep and media like dark, blurry photos and large videos that can be deleted. The search engine giant also introduced a new policy that it will delete your data across multiple devices if the user is inactive on the service for over two years. The Google Photos latest change is applicable across all platforms including Android, iOS and desktop.
Google Photos was introduced five years ago and the company claims that 4 trillion photos are stored with 28 billion new photos and videos uploaded every week.