Google Photos storage policy is getting a massive change. This was being hinted at by the company from the past year itself and today is the day where plans turn into action. Until now Google offered a cloud storage service, that allowed users to store high-quality pictures with a free unlimited storage option, but commencing as of June 1st, they are stopping the free storage. Google will start charging money as a subscription fee for the storage to its customers.
Google Photos had been appreciated by billions of users across the globe for quite some time now. And every Android smartphone holder has extensively utilized the app cause they found the whole service very beneficial and handy to upload and access their photos and videos. Apart from all of that, the regular sync works fine with all your Android devices across platforms like Apple.
So users now might need to be a bit more watchful towards their uploads onto the cloud cause you can’t keep filling your storage with junk. Some questions might pop into your brain about these alterations coming, how they will affect me, the alternatives we have moving forward, etc. So here are some that we can address for you.
What is the Change?
Google Photos generally enables you to take backup or upload images and videos in three formats High quality, Original quality, and Express quality. But we usually don’t get to glimpse the last one express quality cause it’s only available in selected regions and places. And to this date, Google has permitted users to upload high-quality pictures, videos etc., for free unlimited storage. We saw this as the free storage limit of 15GB, sorted across Photos, Gmail, and Drive.
Starting June 1, Google will tally all the uploaded files, irrespective of their quality, into this 15GB storage limit itself. If you appear to reach your storage limit, you will have to erase some of your new pics, videos etc. or buy more cloud storage under the ‘Google One’ plan.
What happens to the existing photos and data?
Google announces that the High quality and Express quality photos that are already backed up will not count towards the 15GB Google Account storage, which means that users files can still be accessed after June 1. Users will have their 15GB storage boundary based on their other media file uploads after June 1.
What will happen to the files filed after June 1st?
All the media files uploaded to Google Photos after June 1 will count into the 15GB storage limit. Once the limit is reached, users can either review and delete some of their stuff, like old pictures, some junk screenshots, etc., or buy extra storage space via the google one app.
Like said, remember that this 15GB limit composes all your data across apps like Gmail, Drive and Google Photos. However, Google says that if your existing data has reached the mark of completion, they will keep the data intact and unaffected for over the next 24 months.
How to Stop Automatic Uploads?
– Open the Google Photos app on your smartphone.
– Tap on the profile photo on the top right and find Photos Settings.
– Open the Backup & sync tab.
– Toggle the Backup & sync Off.
By doing so will avoid you stopping unnecessary uploads to your Google Photos app. Also, according to Google, the storage management tool inside the setting page allows you to delete blurry images, screenshots and large videos to get extra storage.
How to Buy more Storage and What are the Options?
If users feel that their storage is being used up, they can always consider buying more storage via the Google One plans. At present, Google offers six storage plans for a total of 100GB, 200GB, 2TB, 10TB, 20TB and 30TB options. All these plans can opt for monthly recurring payments wisely, and the price for the 100GB plan costs Rs 130 per month, 200GB plan costs Rs 210 per month and increases up to a whopping amount of Rs 9750 per month for the 30TB plan.
What are the Alternatives?
Several cloud storage services are available similar to those of Google-like Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, Amazon Photos, and many more. Most of these platforms offer cloud storage at a similar price point also.
Apple users can also get a ticket to Google One on their iPhones or iPads. Alternatively, some Android users can also subscribe to the Apple One subscription, which was introduced in India last year for Rs 195 and Rs 365 with 50GB and 200GB of storage, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and iCloud.