Starting 1 June 2021, Google will be removing free unlimited storage for Google Photos. Currently, Google Photos allows users to store unlimited images and high definition video as long as they’re under 16 megapixels.
The new move means that Google will start charging for storage once a user hits 15 gigs. Once the 15 gigs limit is hit, users will have to purchase Google One to continue using storage service. Google One will keep its pricing of S$2.79 per month for 100GB and then has tiers of 200GB for S$3.99 per month and 2TB for S$13.99.
Good news is all the photos and documents uploaded before 1 June will not count against the 15GB cap so users still have time to deliberate over continuing Google Photos or switching to another cloud storage.
In addition to the change in Google Photos storage, Google will also be capping Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard files to the same storage capacity of 15 gigs.
These changes come in conjunction with Google’s new policy of deleting data from inactive accounts that haven’t been logged into for at least two years. Similarly, if your storage is over the limit for two years, Google may delete your content across Gmail, Drive and Photos.
Panic not, Google will notify you multiple times before they attempt to remove any content. The simplest way to keep your account active is to periodically visit Gmail, Drive or Photos on the web or mobile.