When Google announced that they will be ending unlimited backups for Google Photos in November last year from June 2021 onwards, it sure created a lot of fuss. It all cooled down as we thought it was too early to panic and now that the clock is ticking, we’re left with no option but to seek alternatives.
You heard it right, Google’s unlimited free storage solution for photos will cease to exist June 1 onwards. For a google account, Google provides you with 15GB of storage and starting June 1, every photo or video that you upload will consume that very storage. The only solution being getting a Google One subscription as per your storage needs, with plans starting at $2.99/mo for 200GB of storage and going up from there you can either go for the subscription or resort to third party solutions.
Google Photos Product Manager Raja Ayyagari mentioned that the Pixel (2-5) owners will continue to enjoy HQ uploads even after June 1 but even for newer Pixel owners or any other devices, uploads will take up the Google account storage.
If anyone has been sticking on to their first generation pixel, hang on to it as ‘Original Quality’ uploads will be free for you lucky peeps without any lossy compression messing up your quality images.
P.S. The 15GB of your google account storage is shared amongst google’s other clouds such as Gmail, Drive, Docs, etc.
This move will definitely raise a question on Android purists waiting to upgrade their pixel devices as this might be a bummer for some. What do you think, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.