Google is ready to change its policy for unlimited high-quality storage. The company announced that as of June 1, 2021, Google Photos users will no longer benefit from free uploads. If you upload high-quality images or videos from next year, they will count. within your Google Drive storage limit. Google said in a blog post Wednesday that the company needs to change its policy to “have more memories.”
No free upload since June 1, 2021: What does that mean?
Starting June 1, 2021, any of your photos or videos will count toward the 15GB of free space that comes with every Google account. In case you didn’t know, Google offers a total of 15GB of free storage for Gmail, Drive, and Photos. When the provisioned storage space is full, you will need to purchase the Google One subscription to get more storage space. Google has determined that all existing high-quality content remains free of storage quotas. It also means that new high-quality photos and videos uploaded before June 1, 2021 will not count towards your Google account storage.
What is Google’s current storage policy?
Currently, Google offers the option of unlimited “high quality” backup for photos and videos. However, images are automatically compressed to 16 MP and videos to high definition. There is also an Express option that offers free unlimited storage but compresses photos to 3 MP and standard definition videos. If you selected the Original Quality option, the new changes will not affect it. Google already counts all your photos in “original quality” with a storage limit in the Photos application. If you own a Google Pixel phone, don’t worry because Google allows you to download photos and videos for free with high-quality settings.
Why is Google changing the storage policy?
David Lieb, product manager for Google Photos, stated on Twitter that the policy needs to be changed because free backups are expensive for the company. This is a necessary step to balance the primary cost of the free service offering while accepting the primary value of online storage.
What is the cost of Google One subscription in India?
Get 100GB of storage for Rs.130 per month or Rs.1,300 per year with the basic Google One subscription. When you pay, you get plenty of storage space that you can even share with your family. For 200GB of storage, you have to pay Rs 210 per month or Rs 2,100 per year. For 2TB, the Google One price in India is Rs 650 per month and Rs 6,500 per year. For 10 TB, the price is Rs 3,250 per month.
You have 6 months to decide
With the changes to be made next June, you will have plenty of time to make a decision. You can accept Google’s guidelines or switch to another cloud storage for a better price. Google says: “Once this change takes effect on June 1, 2021, it is expected that more than 80% of users will be able to save about three more years of space with their 15 GB of free space.” Google says it will notify everyone in the app and follow up by email before June 1. Starting June 1, the search giant will also remove content from accounts that have been inactive for more than two years.