Screenshot of user interface for Google Photos.
Enlarge / Google is now not providing limitless picture storage—besides to Pixel customers, that’s.


At this time, Google Photographs VP Shimrit Ben-Yair introduced the top of Google Photographs’ limitless picture storage coverage. The plan already got here with important caveats—limitless storage was for the tier Google deems “Excessive High quality,” which incorporates compressed media solely, capped at 16 megapixels for photographs and 1080p for movies. Uncompressed or higher-resolution photographs and movies saved in unique high quality depend towards the 15GiB cap for the consumer’s Google Drive account.

As of June 2021, Excessive High quality photographs and movies will even start counting towards a consumer’s Google Drive storage capability. That mentioned, when you’ve already obtained a terabyte of Excessive High quality photographs and movies saved in Photographs, do not panic—the coverage change impacts new photographs and movies created or saved after June 2021 solely. Media that is already saved to Google Photographs is grandfathered in and won’t be affected by the brand new coverage change.

Authentic High quality—once more, that means both uncompressed or decision over 16mp nonetheless / 1080p video—can be unaffected, since these recordsdata had been already topic to the consumer’s Google Drive quota. Any further capability bought via Google One membership additionally applies to media storage—when you lease 100GiB of capability at Google One’s $2/month or $20/yr plans, that capability applies to your Google Photographs information as effectively.

Lastly, Pixel smartphone customers additionally get an out—Excessive High quality media uploaded from Pixel telephones, first via fifth technology, will proceed to take pleasure in free limitless storage even after June 2021.

You might be bad at math, but Google isn't—the company will look at the rate at which you accumulate data and project the point at which you'll hit capacity limits.
Enlarge / You is perhaps unhealthy at math, however Google is not—the corporate will have a look at the speed at which you accumulate information and challenge the purpose at which you will hit capability limits.

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When you’re unsure how lengthy your obtainable storage will final, you may get an estimate at That web page will use the speed at which a Google account has saved information—together with Drive, Gmail, and Photographs—and challenge the date at which that account will bump up towards capability limits.


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