Free unlimited Google Photos storage ends today

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Google Photos has been offering free unlimited storage for your photos for the past five years, but as of June 1, 2021, the policy changes and all photos uploaded from that date count towards the 15 GB free storage limit with your Google Account.
Keep in mind that your previously uploaded photos do not count in this storage, so only the recently uploaded files will count in that ceiling, so there is no need to worry about losing older photos.

However, this is certainly a setback for what is considered a blissful, carefree service that millions of people use. Google still points out that its 15 GB storage cap is much more than the 5 GB free storage that you get with iCloud or other services, and it says that the 15 GB cap will be enough for the average user to upload photos in three full years.

This is a good time to remind you that Google Photos still gives users two options for uploading images: one is “high quality”, which compresses your photos to take up less space, and the other is “original quality” , which retains all the details of the uncompressed original files. We have tested Google Photos compression and found that it gives an almost imperceptible drop in quality, so unless you are dead set on quality, it would be a good idea to make sure you use the “high quality” setting so that your photos takes up less space. Another step you can consider to make sure that only the photos you want to upload is to go into the Google Photos app and turn off the automatic upload option and instead manually select and upload only your truly valuable photos and not just everything on your device.

And if you’re a heavy user, know that prices on Google One start at just $ 2 a month for 100 GB of storage.
However, there is a small bonus that Google gives to Pixel users. Those who own a Google Pixel phone do not have to worry about any of it as they will be able to upload their photos for free even after the June 1, 2021 policy changes.

And if you’re wondering about other options now that Google Photos has changed its terms, we suggest you check out how our own Peter K created his own NAS cloud service as an alternative to Google Photos and now has more than 200 GB of storage space with no monthly fees.

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