Google announced on Wednesday the end of free unlimited storage for Google Photos, its online site for storing your pictures.
Starting June 1, 2021, all photos uploaded to Google Photos will count towards the 15 GB of free storage provided with Google Accounts.
It’s a big change from Google Photos’ announcement in 2015 when the company uploaded unlimited free, high-quality photos and videos. It seems like an easy way for Google to get people to pay for their Google One plans, which start at $ 1.99 per month for 100GB of storage.
This is a shame for Google Photos users as they may have collected five years worth of images, assuming Google will keep them uploading new images for free.
According to Google, the storage limit does not apply to photos uploaded from their Pixel phones that are still receiving unlimited high quality uploads for free. It also says that 80 percent of users should get about three years of storage before they even hit the 15GB mark.
Even with the rollback, Google is still getting a better deal than the 5GB of free storage you get from Apple. After that, you’ll need to pay at least $ 0.99 per month for 50GB. However, Apple One plans may look more appealing because they include storage bundled with services like Apple Music, TV, and Arcade.
When you are a member of Amazon Prime, you get unlimited photo storage. This is an option if you want to get away from Google.