Google Photos is one of the company’s most successful services. It allows users to back up their photos for free online and is loved by everyone. Except for those who already own a Pixel smartphone, Google will no longer offer free unlimited backups beginning next month. The policy change was revealed in November of last year. We all have been aware of it for a while. But with the policy change expected to take effect soon, we wanted to know what you planned to do.
Google Photos allows you to upload photos to the cloud and access them from any device. This is one of the main reasons it was so popular right away. Only photos uploaded in “Original Quality” used to count against Google’s storage cap. Moreover, the photos uploaded in “High Quality” were still free and unrestricted.
The initial Pixel phones had unlimited Original Quality uploads, and subsequent Pixel devices until the Pixel 4 had three years of free Original Quality uploads. Only existing Pixel phones would have free and unrestricted storage for High Quality images as a result of this policy update. Unfortunately, Google will not provide future Pixel phones with free unlimited storage.
Even future Pixel users will have to pay for Google Photos or look for other options.
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Thankfully, the law only applies to images uploaded after May 31st to Google Photos. So, if you don’t want to pay, you can immediately upload your pictures.
There are a few options once this cap is imposed. The simplest choice is to purchase a Google One account, which starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB of storage, or upload your images to another cloud storage service like Amazon Photos. You can also backup to local storage devices like hard drives or external SSDs, or get a NAS to stop having to mount an external drive every time you need to access those photos.
Read the full article by Google and find out all answers to your questions here.