One of the reasons to love Google Photos is that Google offers users free and unlimited storage on Google Photos as long as you keep the uploads below a certain threshold in terms of megapixel size. For the most part, this works as not all of us need such high-resolution photos anyway, especially if we’re just uploading to social media.
The bad news is that Google has since announced that they will be killing off its free and unlimited storage program, and that all users will be given a 15GB cap for ALL photos, regardless of size. Once you hit that cap, you’re going to need to upgrade to one of Google One’s cloud storage plans if you want to continue backing up to the cloud.
This will come into effect on the 1st of June, 2021 which means that you have plenty of time to start clearing out your photos or seek another alternative if you prefer. For those who’d rather not pay for storage, you can continue to use the service for free unless you keep your storage below 15GB.
Google notes that if you do cross the 15GB mark, they might start to automatically delete your photos to get you back under 15GB, although they note that they will warn you about 3 months ahead of time so that you have time to get it back under the limit.
That being said, Google One’s plans start at $1.99 a month for 100GB of storage which is usually more than enough for the most part, so that might be worth looking into. You can also check out our post on how to get unlimited Google storage where we have some discount codes that you can use to get 20% off your first year.