Google Photos, the most popular photo and video storage app, will no longer offer unlimited free photo backup from June 2021. As per Google’s new storage policy, Google will start charging for the services from June 21.
The company announced that any new photos and videos that you upload will count toward the free 15GB of storage that comes with every Google Account.
Announcing the change in high-quality storage quality, Shimrit Ben-Yair, Vice President, Google Photos, said, “Starting June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the free 15GB of storage that comes with every Google Account or the additional storage you’ve purchased as a Google One member. Your Google Account storage is shared across Drive, Gmail and Photos. This change also allows us to keep pace with the growing demand for storage. And, as always, we uphold our commitment to not use information in Google Photos for advertising purposes. We know this is a big shift and may come as a surprise, so we wanted to let you know well in advance and give you resources to make this easier.”
However, any high-quality picture or video that were uploaded before June 21, 2021, will not be counted as part of your 15 GB free storage. The photos backed up before June 21 will be exempted from the storage limit.
Google notes that if you upload photos and videos in original quality, the changes made will not impact you. The original quality photos and videos will continue to count toward the 15 GB of free storage across your Google Account.
Google Pixel users will not be impacted by the changes either. If you are using any Pixel device from 1 to 5, you will still be able to upload high-quality photos and videos for free even after June 21.
“This change does not take effect for another six months, so you don’t need to do anything right now. And once this change does take effect on June 1, 2021, over 80% of you should still be able to store roughly three more years worth of memories with your free 15 GB of storage. As your storage nears 15 GB, we will notify you in the app and follow up by email,” Yair said in the Google blog.
If you want to expand your storage, you can buy the plan starting at $1.99 per month in the United States for 100 GB of storage. It includes additional benefits like access to Google experts, shared family plans, and more.