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Google Photos will no longer have unlimited storage after June 1st, 2021

almost 2 years ago by IanDorfman

Google has announced that it will no longer allow unlimited uploads of newly added images to its Google Photos service after June 1st, 2021.

Google Photos Vice President Shimrit Ben-Yair detailed the upcoming change, sharing some statistics that influenced it. With 4 trillion photos stored in total and a weekly upload rate of 28 billion combined photos and videos, discontinuing the unlimited high quality photo policy is Google's way to maintain service for future users while also maintaining cost sensibility.

Importantly, any existing high quality image and video uploads to Google Photos will not count towards a Google Account's 15 gigabytes of free storage or any Google One paid storage plans. Another major exception includes any photos and videos uploaded in high quality from Google's Pixel 1 to 5 phones.

All existing high quality photos uploaded to the service before the June 1st end date will not count towards the Google Account storage limit. No changes are being made to original quality photos and videos, which have always counted towards Google Account storage limits. After June 1st, 2021, all of the following services will use the limited storage space available for Google Accounts:

Google DriveGmailGoogle Photos (high quality images and videos added on June 1st, 2021 in addition to the already counted original quality images and videos)

As of this post, Amazon Prime subscribers will continue to have access to unlimited photo uploads via Amazon Photos - Cloud Drive.

Further coverage: Google Blog The Verge

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Google Photos is a photograph and video sharing and storage service by Google. It allows the users to store and share images and videos using the 15 GB free storage space of their Google Account or a Google One subscription.