Google Photos to kill its unlimited free storage in June 2021

Nov 12, 2020

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Google Photos to kill its unlimited free storage in June 2021

Nov 12, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Ever since it was launched in 2015, Google Photos has offered unlimited free storage for your photos. Well, not for long. From June 2021, you will no longer be able to store countless high-quality images on your account. There will be a 15 GB limit, and you’ll have to pay for Google One if you want to store more than that.

The unlimited storage on Google Photos will be shut down on 1 June 2021. If you have uploaded photos to the service before that, note that they will not count against the 15GB limit. However, everything you upload after 1 June will begin to count. Google will alert you when you’re near the limit, and the alternative is to switch to Google One and of course, pay for the unlimited storage. But if you wanna stretch out the use of Google Photos, there are going to be a few new options added. Google will add a tool that will help you find and delete photos you may want to delete anyway, like blurry photos or screenshots.

This limitation comes as a part of Google’s changing policy. On the one hand, it’s not clear why they would kill the feature that’s probably the largest advantage of Google Photos. But on the other hand, every cloud service I know of and that I use will charge you for unlimited storage, so it’s not a surprise. It’s possible that Google wants to have more users switch to Google One for storage… Unless they decide to use other services. After all, there are plenty of other options.

What are your plans when Google Photos starts limiting the storage? Will you switch to Google One or to another service?

[via The Verge]

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16 responses to “Google Photos to kill its unlimited free storage in June 2021”

  1. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Home NAS setup. Offsite storage can suck it. I’m not going to be a hostage to some random paid service.

    1. Tyler Ingram Avatar
      Tyler Ingram

      What if there is a fire in your home? Are you going to remember to rip your NAS off the shelf to save the data on it?

      1. Matthias Avatar
        Matthias

        reminds me of a classmate’s diploma thesis quite a few years ago. She came in quite depressed, her laptop had set itself on fire, with her diploma thesis on it.
        “- and you don’t make backups on floppies?
        – yes, and where do you store your floppies at home?
        – well, on my table next to my… ohhh… ”
        Thankfully she had a backup from a few days back at her boyfriends place. Offsite storage has its perks.

    2. Tyler Ingram Avatar
      Tyler Ingram

      That being said I have 4 NASes at home and no off-site storage ?

    3. Balázs Gyarmati Avatar
      Balázs Gyarmati

      Tyler Ingram if there is a fire, my printed photos also gone, so be it

  2. Algie Littlepage Avatar
    Algie Littlepage

    Hard drives don’t cost much in this day and age. Buy a couple…. one a master backup and one for a safety backup of the master. Control your own data.

  3. Marie Ferguson Avatar
    Marie Ferguson

    NAS is the blast. Just sayin’ Merge now or forever watch your pennies fly away. The uptick in marketing for alternative solutions is going to be a good one to watch. Get the popcorn ready for a good show.

  4. Michael Goos Avatar
    Michael Goos

    If you have prime, Amazon has unlimited storage for photos and that includes RAW files. It’s not my primary backup, but I use it as a nice extra layer of protection and I can access them anywhere.

    1. Christian Concha Avatar
      Christian Concha

      Michael Goos how you access that? Never saw that opt5

    2. Michael Goos Avatar
      Michael Goos

      Christian Concha I just google Amazon Photos to find it. I have an app for it on my phone too.

    3. Michael Goos Avatar
      Michael Goos

      Christian Concha I just checked mine. It says “15,951 photos uploaded | 345 GB of unlimited used”. They’re all full resolution and I can view the RAW files with my phone which is handy.

    4. Christian Concha Avatar
      Christian Concha

      Michael Goos WoW! Ty

    5. Michael Goos Avatar
      Michael Goos

      What’s neat is that it analyzes the RAW files kind of like Google Photos does and automatically gives you search options for things like birds, water, dogs, people and even does facial rec on them so you can find all the photos of different people. Like Lightroom without all the work tagging things yourself.

    6. Christian Concha Avatar
      Christian Concha

      WoW! I will definitely take a look on that, thank you very much

  5. Balázs Gyarmati Avatar
    Balázs Gyarmati

    switch to personal NAS

  6. tomatoeroad Avatar
    tomatoeroad

    Does anybody use any other alternatives for Google photos? I don’t trust Google’s products much