Google is set to change its policies on storage for free accounts by June 1, 2021.
This means that if you own a free account and also a semi-regular user of Google photo, get set to commence payment for subscription to Google One by 2021.
Presently, all Google accounts running on a free comes with a 15 GB capacity for online storage on Gmail, Photos and Drive use.
Currently, all Email and files stored in Google Drive already take up 15 GB, however, by June 1, 2021, all Sheets, Docs, Forms will get counted as part of the free storage also.
Those are small files, however, all Photos uploads will take up the 15GB free space.
This is very big because Google Photos allows you to store HD videos and images under 16MP resolution for free.
By June 1, 2021, all new videos and photos uploaded with high quality will count against your 15 GB, which normally wouldn’t.
The more photos are taken every year, the lesser the capacity for free allocation and this won’t last very long. Google has argued that up to 80% of its users will spend more than three years to attain 15 GB.
However, making this transition convenient, high-quality videos and photos that users upload before June 1, 2021 will not get allocated as part of the 15GB free storage.
Users with pixel devices after the said date can however still get to upload high-quality images for an unlimited number.
Google will show you your personalised estimates so that you can view how long your present storage will last.
The Alphabet-owned company will provide a new free tool for Photos that will allow you to manage your capacity.
In the free tool, you will get to see low-quality images you may wish to delete.
In addition, these updates on storage, some few changes are currently being worked on.
If you haven’t used your Gmail, Photos or Drive, for over two years, your content may get deleted.
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