The rules are changing not only for Google Photos, but also for other services
Google has radically changed its policy regarding the storage of user data for Google accounts.
Google deprives users of free unlimited
Soon, users will not be able to mindlessly upload gigabytes to the company’s servers – free unlimited storage will become unavailable and you will have to pay extra for access to large storage.
The changes concern the well-known Google Photos (Google Photos) service, but not only it – the services included in Google Drive, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard, will also be deprived of free unlimited access.
For Google Photos, from June 1, 2021, new photos and videos will begin to be taken into account when uploaded to the Google account storage – 15 GB will be provided for free, and you will have to pay for more by purchasing a Google One subscription. High quality photos and videos uploaded before that date will not count towards this 15 GB. Note that Google distinguishes between “high quality” and “original quality”. Free download of photos in “original” quality is still limited to 15 GB.
However, for one category of users, everything will remain the same. Pixel 5 and other Pixel series owners will be able to upload unlimited photos and videos from these smartphones to the free storage.
Files in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard will also receive a 15GB free download limit effective June 1, 2021. Then you have to pay for Google One.