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 15 MB 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]