Google is ending the unlimited free photo backup on Google Photos.
This means users will not be able to to use Google Photos cloud storage to backup and store unlimited “high quality” for free, after June 1, 2021. Users will have to stump up for a Google One subscription to get cloud storage for Photos.
However, users will get a 15GB of free storage as is the default with Google accounts, but that is your Google Account storage which also includes Gmail and Drive.
Google says that all photos and videos you back up in High quality before June 1, 2021 are exempt from this change and will not count toward the Google Account cloud storage usage. This includes all of your existing content uploaded in High quality. Only photos that you upload after June 1 next year will start counting towards this.
“On June 1, 2021, we will be launching a new storage management tool which will help you easily find and delete dark, blurry, and otherwise unwanted content,” says Google in a mail sent to Google Photos users.
Users will be warned when they are about to reach the cap of the free 15GB storage.
Till now, Google has offered two tiers when it came to Google Photos uploads and backups. An original quality backup option that uploads photos and videos as they are, in the original size and resolution.
The second is the “high quality” option which compresses photos and videos without any visible or significant loss of quality, this is to reduce size and this option was free and unlimited till now.
Google says that users have stored as many as 4 trillion photos and videos for users globally and that as many as 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded every week.