It seems that the days of free apps are slowly coming to a halt. Recently, password manager LastPass announced that it was drastically limiting the usefulness of its free app, and now Google has sent emails confirming it is ending its policy for free unlimited photo storage:
From June 1, 2021, all new photos and videos will be backed up in high quality and Express quality counts towards the free 15 GB of storage that comes with your Google Account or any additional storage you may have purchased, in the same way that other Google services like Google Drive and Gmail already do.
While this is no surprise ̵
- Head over to this page and you’ll see a breakdown of how much storage space you’re using and how it’s split between Google Drive, Gmail, Google Photos, and your device backup. (Note: the appearance of the page may vary depending on the type of Google account you have.)
- You can also see how much storage space you have left by going to your Google Drive page and looking at the storage metric displayed at the bottom of the left column
- Google has also created a page that estimates how long it will take you to increase your storage space based on your current usage. You can find it here.
Once the June 1 deadline has passed, Google will send reminders when you are nearing your limit. It also aims to provide a tool that identifies what it calls ‘dark, blurry and otherwise unwanted content’.
Now that you know how much space you have left, try to figure out what to do next. As you approach your limit, will you want to pay Google for more storage? (Prices start at $ 1.99 per month for 100 GB.) Looking for another service to store your photos? It is up to you.
One word of advice: before doing anything else, try to delete old, junk, or duplicate files that are stuck in your Google storage. You would be amazed at how much space you could save.