Google will end its free (compressed) unlimited photo storage tomorrow. The company first announced the move in November 2020 and later confirmed that even the upcoming Pixel phones won’t be exempt from the fine. later But what does that change mean to you? And what can you do if you’re not satisfied with Google’s decision? We’ve rounded up some alternatives. Some arguments for persisting with Photos and everything you need to know about the change.
What exactly has changed?
As of June 1st, Google Photos will no longer offer free, slightly compressed “high quality” uploads for most phone owners. Photos you upload since that date will use storage in your shared Google account, including Gmail, Drive, and Photos. However, all photos you upload before this date will not count toward your quota — We̵7;re only talking about new images here.
left: most phones right: Lucky Pixel 3 owner
Photos that you upload in original quality will be counted toward your account storage prior to that date. Unless you own a specific Pixel phone, like the Pixel 3, that still offers free, uncompressed storage for a specified period of time, newer Pixels (3a to 5) still get high-quality (squeezed) backups. recording) for free as long as you use it. You can check if it’s affected by the change by going to Google Photos, tapping on your profile picture. and look for the meter “Account Storage”
When the storage space runs out You won’t be able to back up additional photos to Photos or files to Drive. But no more emails can be sent or received. Google will give you a number of warnings before this happens. but from now on Keeping the number of photos and videos you have backed up is extremely important.
How can I save storage space?
If you want to continue using Google Photos, it may take some time until you fill up 15GB of free storage. If you don’t have a lot of email and Drive documents saved in your account, Google also offers personal time estimates for your account. your account based on the number of photos you upload regularly and the remaining storage space. Even if you change your habits after removing free storage. You may have more time left than expected, tell you.
to add space to your account It might be a good idea to check for large files clogging up your storage.
- You can use Google One Storage Manager to get an aerial view of how much storage you can use for all your Google apps, which intelligently recommends large files, emails, photos, and videos to get rid of.
- For a more detailed guide You can check your . Google Drive for particularly large files by going to the section “Storage” on the sidebar of the web interface. (also available in this link)
- in GmailYou can also manually search for emails larger than the specified file size. and see if there is anything you don’t need anymore. If you clean up 10 emails where each email weighs more than 10MB, you’ll save a total of over 100MB. You can use the web interface search function for queries such as “larger file:10M” or file size. other at your convenience
- Once you’ve uploaded the images that are counted in your quota, You can use Google Photos’ new storage manager, which recommends deleting blurry photos or large videos to save space.
What are the alternatives?
Photos quickly eliminated any meaningful competition when Google introduced unlimited free storage. So no alternative is as perfect as Google’s solution, but if you intend to change or at least test something else. There are other services and solutions. A few more things worth checking out.
- amazon pictures Most are great if you’re already a Prime member. This is because you get unlimited storage which is included in the subscription. This is our action.
- Microsoft OneDrive: If you’ve already paid for your Office (Microsoft 365) subscription, you may also be able to take advantage of the 1TB cloud storage offered through the service. On Samsung phones, the backup solution is also integrated with Gallery. Samsung’s feedback. This is our action.
- Synology Photos: If you want to look at a self-hosted alternative, Synology Photos might be the way to go. It’s free (aside from the hardware you have to buy), comes with a Google Photos-like interface, and even has facial recognition. This is our action.
- We have other options. A few other ways we’d like to go into more detail, such as using the first Pixel phone with grandfather free storage or NextCloud, so stay tuned.
Is it worth changing?
At this point, you might be asking yourself if it’s worth changing. If there are some downsides to all of these alternatives. We’ll agree with that assessment, Google Photos is an excellent service that is well worth the money. And there’s not much to hate or dislike about this service. Aside from the price change, it’s true, you can argue that Photos is only huge and great, because Google has been able to fund it for a long time. pushing smaller competitors to take money out of the market Unfortunately, the world in which we live
Our colleague Prasham delves into what makes Photos great and why you might want to keep using them. Check out his takedown here.
What are some cool Photos tricks and features that I might not know yet?
Google Photos is incredibly powerful. There are even other features such as autosuggestions and search. Here are just a few tips and tricks we’ve gathered over the years: