Google users may notice changes in their accounts, especially those who were able to access unlimited storage of photos and videos. The company has stopped providing unlimited storage, effective June 1st. The move was announced in November last year.
As of today, any new photos and videos that will be uploaded to Google Photos will be accounted for up to 15 GB of free storage that comes with every Google Account or additional storage that the user has purchased as a Google One subscription. 15GB of free or additional amount of purchased data is shared between Google Drive, Gmail and photos.
What happens to photos in existing storage?
Google has confirmed that high quality photos and videos are subject to this change: Any photos or videos that have been backed up to high quality before June 1, 2021, will not be counted on Google Account User storage. These photos and videos will always be free and comfortable in the storage limit.
In addition, Google has released other tools to help users manage their storage better. Users will be provided with a customized estimate of how long their storage may last: Rate determines how the user backs up photos, videos and other content to their Google account. According to Google’s standard, more than 80% of users should still be able to store about three years of high-quality memory with 15GB of free storage. When storage is close to 15GB, Google will notify the user of the application and track it via email.
Pixel phone users, however, still get some additional benefits. Owners of any Pixel devices can still upload photos from that device and it will not affect storage. High-quality photos and videos uploaded from that device will continue to be released for this change, even after June 1, 2021.
What can users do when their Google Cloud storage is complete?
Users who are invested in the Google Living Program have the option of purchasing a Google One subscription that offers extended storage for a certain period of time.
Google One plans start at â‚¹ 130 per month per 100GB of storage. The user can also schedule an annual plan with the same storage at â‚¹ 1300.
The second version with 200GB of storage can be purchased for â‚¹ 2,100 per year or â‚¹ 210 per month.
The highest storage is 2TB and is available at â‚¹ 6,500 per year or â‚¹ 650 per month.
Additionally, users have a choice of other platforms such as Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Photos, Dropbox and Apple Photos.