Google Photos to end it’s free unlimited storage from June 1st, 2021

The unlimited storage feature of Google Photos is coming to an end. An era of excellent photo management and editing app will be put behind a subscription paywall. This was announced by Google Photos VP Shimrit Ben-Yair today. After offering free unlimited photo storage for five years with high-quality backup, Google Photos will begin to charge the users for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account that have been used. The change will be commenced from June 1st,  2021 and they’re introducing a new policy where data from inactive accounts will be deleted if they haven’t logged into it for at least two years. Let’s not panic, Google Photos is grandfathered in and the new policy changes will not affect the old photos and videos created or stored or will not count against that 15GB cap before June 1st, 2021. Our sweet old memories are still safe with us. 

Two years ago we introduced Google Photos and now, more than 500 million people use it every month, backing up more than 1.2 billion photos and videos per day. Today, we’re announcing three new ways to help you share and receive meaningful moments in your life

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As there has been an increase in popularity with Google Photos, they have launched a subscription service. Google One is the subscription plan that allocated your storage to use across Google. You will be able to avail of extra benefits and can share your membership with your family. You’re not required to pay upfront on June 1st, 2021. Google is creating new features to incentivize Google One subscribers, this purpose behind not placing an existing feature behind a Google One paywall. If you haven’t used up the unlimited free storage of 15 GB that comes with every Google account, you still continue uploading till that gets filled up. Once the last resource is used up, you have the choice to subscribe to the membership to Google one if plan to keep uploading. All the exciting new features will be locked behind a Google One paywall. Users can get an estimated time period of long will the storage be available using https://photos.google.com/storage. That data will project the rate at which Google account has stored data- including Drive, Gmail, and Photos and shows the bump up against capacity limits.

Get your hands on extra editing features and unlock more storage with your Google One subscription.

Post the release of the new policy, Google will let you manage your backed up photos and videos and will automatically recommend content such as dark or blurry images large to delete. This action is carried out by a tool that Google will be offering in June 2021. Pixel smartphone users around the world will continue to enjoy free, unlimited backup for your high-quality photos and videos even after June 2021 but for the stipulated period.

The monthly subscription for the Google One begins at $1.99 per month (for 100GB of cloud storage spread across your Google services) and they recently put out a feature that it’s adding a VPN feature for Google One subscribers on the $9.99/month (2TB storage) plan.

Google claims that they offer more unlimited storage space than other users. When compared to Apple’s iCloud that gives 5GB and Google offers 15GB. Surprisingly, 880 percent of Google Photos users won’t hit the cap of 15GB for at least three years. The monthly subscription for Google One begins at $1.99 per month (for 100GB of cloud storage spread across your Google services) and they recently put out a feature that it’s adding a VPN feature for Google One subscribers on the $9.99/month (2TB storage) plan. 

User have the breathing space to decide whether they want to continue with Google Photos or switch to another cloud storage provider.

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