Google Photos is ending free unlimited storage in 2021 — so what are your options?


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Google did it again. It is shutting down one of the most popular features across its product universe: Google Photo’s free unlimited storage. The company said that it’s ending this service from June 1, 2021.

After that date, all photos uploaded will count against your free data limit of 15GB. However, all photos uploaded before June 1 next year will still be available under the free unlimited storage option.

Google Photos, which has more than 1 billion users, has offered free unlimited storage for high-quality photos (read: compressed) for users across platforms. So it was easy to just turn on the back & sync option with that quality setting and let your photos upload to the cloud without any storage worries. I’ve relied on it to backup photos from all Android and iOS devices I’ve used over the years.

The company said that Photos hosts more than 4 trillion pictures and videos, with users uploading 28 billion every week. It added that while media uploads would count towards your 15GB free data cap, 80 percent of users won’t reach that limit for 10 years.

Compressed images on Google Photos take roughly 1-4MB space. So you can easily squeeze in more than 300 photos per GB. So, with Gmail and Drive storage, you’ll still have a lot of space for many photos. You can check your current storage consumption of Google Photos here.