Saving photos via Google Photos will soon no longer be completely free

Taking a backup of all your photos via Google Photos will soon no longer be unlimited free. From June 1, 2021, photos stored at “high quality” will count towards the 15 GB limit now on the free service.

At the moment, every account gets 15 GB of free storage space in Google One. That is the collection of Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos. There is currently an exception to this. Photos in so-called “high quality”, which means that they are compressed, do not count towards that 15 GB. Only if you want to save uncompressed photos in “original quality” will they be counted in your storage space.

June 1, 2021

But on June 1, 2021, that unlimited storage capacity will come to an end after five years. Fortunately, anything you upload for that day does not count towards the 15 GB limit.

Then you have to decide whether you want to stay below that limit or whether you want to pay extra. For many people, that will not be a problem in the beginning. According to Google, it takes most of their users three years to reach the 15 GB limit. In addition, there will be a new tool next year that will help you to more easily delete photos that you probably don’t want to keep. These are blurred or dark photos.

Buy storage

If you still want more storage space, you can opt for the cheapest subscription of 1.99 euros per month or 19.99 euros per year. For that you immediately get 100 GB. Those who want even more can also opt for 200 GB (2.99 euros per month or 29.99 euros per year) or 2 TB (9.99 euros per month or 99.99 euros per year).


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