After five years of unlimited free photos with “high quality” backups, Google Photos will start redeeming more than 15GB on the account. It will be updated on 1 June 2021 and will be followed by other policy changes on Google drive such as Google Workspace papers and tabletops against the same limit.
As a matter of fact, if you are on a free account with Google Photos, get ready to pay for yourself and sign up for Google One next year.
Google is now launching a new inactive account data deletion policy that has been unlocked in at least two years.
Google already has photo uploads of “original quality” against a Google Photos storage cap. However, unlimited backup for photos and videos of “high quality” (which automatically are compressed to make storage more efficient) also removes one of the service’s biggest sales locations. It was a photographic service, where you had to worry about how much storage.
Google notes that it provides more free storage than others — you get 15 GB rather than the smooth 5 GB of Apple’s iCloud — and also claims that 80 percent of GPs won’t hit that 15 GB for at least three years.
When you get close to that cap, the company will send alerts and warnings. Google also adds new storage management tools to Google Photos, including a tool that makes finding and removing photos easier, such as brittle images or screenshots, than you might want.