Have a habit of saving all your pictures and videos on Google Photos? Well, you might need to rethink the habit. Why? Well, because Google Photos will not support free storage for high quality (compressed) photos from June 1, 2021.
In very simple words, Google, as of now, offers 15 GB of free cloud storage to every new Google account. The 15 GB storage is shared across Google apps including Gmail, Drive and Photos. Meaning all the data you store on these apps is saved in the 15 GB free cloud storage that you get from Google.
However, when it comes to saving your pictures and videos, the Google app, Google Photos, till date, allows everyone to upload unlimited pictures and videos. This means you can upload unlimited pictures and videos on Google Photos and thus save a lot of space on your phone.
But now, Google will bring Google Photos under the 15 GB cap and if the pictures and videos uploaded on Google Photos exceed the 15 GB limit, then you will have to pay to get extra storage.
“Since so many of you rely on Google Photos to store your memories, it’s important that it’s not just a great product, but also continues to meet your needs over the long haul,” Shimrit Ben-Yair, Vice President, Google Photos said in a blog post.
However, the photos and videos uploaded before June 1, 2021, will not have any effect. You will still have all your photos and videos backed up on Google Photos, and you can upload for free till the deadline next year.
Also, if you are using a Google Pixel phone you will continue to enjoy the unlimited storage even after the June 1, 2021 deadline.
And hey, people are already making memes on Google’s new policy.