Google just announced a very nice upgrade to their Gmail and Photo services that will make saving pictures to your inbox a lot easier. It seems bizarre that it took Google so long to make such a simple change, but it will save a lot of hassle and time for users of the platforms. Google says that from now on, whenever you receive a photo attachment in a Gmail message, you can save it directly to Google Photos with the new “Save to Photos” button.
You’ll see it next to the existing “Add to Drive” button in the attachment and while previewing the image attachment. The American technology company is rolling out this upgrade starting today for all users, including those with free accounts and Workspace accounts that are expected to see changes in the coming days and weeks.
It’s worth noting that it only works when sending an image in JPEG format. However, considering how many photos are being broadcast over the web, most people should be able to take advantage of this.
In a post on their blog, Google said, “With this new feature, you don’t have to download photo attachments from Gmail messages and then manually back them up to Google Photos.”
While this is good news for Googe Photos, there is an update next month that users may not be as excited about.
Previously, Google Photos users could upload endless images to the cloud without paying a dime for the privilege.
But that is all changing. Unfortunately, starting June 1, 2021, all images – regardless of the quality you upload – will now be included in that 15GB amount. Once users hit that limit, they’ll have to pay to add more space through Google’s One service.
Prices for additional storage start at £ 1.59 per month for 100GB, £ 2.49 for 200GB, or £ 7.99 for a whopping 2TB. Google explained more about the change: “Starting June 1, 2021, high-quality and express-quality content will be counted for your Google account storage. Once you reach your storage limit, you can either subscribe to Google One (if available) for additional storage or delete content to continue with the free photo storage option. “