According to the latest news, Google Photos is on its way to lose one of its best features. Google announced in a blog post that the company would end Google Photos’ free unlimited photo backup from 1st June 2021 onwards. Note that for the last five years, Google allowed users to back up their media at “high quality” for free.
Users can back up “original quality” photos up to 15 GB. Apart from it, Google also allowed users to backup compressed versions of photos and videos for free.
The blog post reads “Starting June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the free 15 GB of storage that comes with every Google Account or the additional storage you’ve purchased as a Google One member.”
The only thing positive about this saddening news is that the existing uploaded photos and videos won’t be affected by the new change. Thankfully, Google announced that media uploaded till the deadline won’t be counted towards the 15 GB storage limit.
Interestingly, Google Pixel users will be able to upload “high quality” images for free even after the deadline. However, it should be noted that previously, the company allowed Google Pixel users to freely backup original quality photos and videos so irrespectively, it is a downgrade from Google’s initial promise.
Google has added a “personalized estimate” which shows how much longer a user’s basic 15 GB quota will last based on the frequency of media uploads. This is not so great because users get a panic every time they are reminded that they have a limit. From next year, Google will begin highlighting dark or blurry photos in case you want to delete them.
Apart from the fact that users will no more get the opportunity to backup Google Photos unlimitedly, Google’s announcement about the counting of file types uploaded on Google services is also not taken well.
The company announced, “Starting June 1, any new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms or Jamboard file will begin counting toward your free 15 GB of allotted storage or any additional storage provided through Google One.”
Here also, the only thing positive is, existing files won’t be counted towards storage unless the files are modified after the deadline. As per reports, Google will come out with a new policy soon which grants the company the right to delete user’s data if they are not active for two years.
Google is getting rid of high quality free backup to “keep pace with the growing demand” and “continue(s) to meet our (your) needs over the long haul.” Google said, “More than 4 trillion photos are stored in Google Photos, and every week 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded.”
Some way or other, it seems, Google is looking forward to push users to subscribe to its cloud storage service, Google One.