It’s been announced since last November: Google Photos will no longer offer free, unlimited high-quality storage as of June 1, 2021 – except on Pixel 2 and later smartphones. Beyond that, you will need to take out a Google One subscription to store your photos beyond 15 GB.
Do you rely on Google Photos to save all the images you take every day? Google Photos has almost always offered unlimited free storage in the cloud – but last November Google announced that free storage would end on June 1, 2021 , in other words as early as next month.
Beyond that, the storage will be limited to a maximum of 15 GB for photos and video stored in “high quality” (ie compressed). If you want to upload more images you will need to take out a Google One subscription at 1.99 euros per month for 100 GB of storage .
GOOGLE PHOTOS: HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF UNLIMITED FREE STORAGE OF YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS IN THE CLOUD
Unless of course you own a Google Pixel smartphone. In this case, you will be able to continue to store an unlimited number of “high quality” photos, at least for now . XDA nevertheless reveals a rather interesting detail compared to this new limit.
According to the site, this count will in fact only be calculated on the basis of photos uploaded to the cloud as of June 1, 2021 . In other words, the photos that you already have on Google Photos will not be counted in the 15 GB when this limit is put in place.
So, i l seems smart enough to activate if it is not already the case, syncing photos with Google Photos on your smartphone before that date to enjoy de facto a little extra free storage. Of course, it’s hard to get an idea of what 15 GB of photos is.
Fortunately, Google has put online an automated tool that estimates how long it will take you to fill your storage quota. To launch this tool, just click on this link . After logging in with your Google account, a page will tell you precisely the number of weeks, months, or years you have left at this rate, based on the analysis of your behavior.