Google Photos to remove the Free Unlimited Storage Option by 2021
Google Photos is losing one of its best features. In a blog post, the company announced it would be ending Google Photos’ free unlimited photo backup starting June 1, 2021.
For the past five years, Google has been allowing users to backup their media at “high quality” for free. Unlike the “original quality” uploads which count towards the provided 15GB quota, Google allows users to backup compressed versions of photos and videos for free. However, that will change next year.
“Starting June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the free 15 GB of storage that comes with every Google Account or the additional storage you’ve purchased as a Google One member.”
Why Google Photos are to remove Free Unlimited Storage Option?
“More than 4 trillion photos are stored in Google Photos, and every week 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded.” The tech giant says it is getting rid of high-quality free backup to “keep pace with the growing demand” and “continue(s) to meet our (your) needs over the long haul.” In other words, Google is making sure that the service remains sustainable for years to come.
It appears Google is also pushing users to subscribe to its Google one storage; the cloud storage service from Google, which also offers a free VPN.