Google Photos unlimited storage benefit ends on June 1. Google announced in November last year that it was ending the unlimited storage benefit. The change means users who want more storage than the 15GB limit for Google accounts — split between Google Photos, Drive, and Gmail — will have to purchase additional storage. Google Photos users previously had the option of storing unlimited ‘high’ quality photos (less than 16MB compressed) on the cloud for free, which will no longer exist from June 1.
If you’re too far from the 15GB storage limit, this change won’t affect you immediately. Google Account users will start receiving notifications once their storage starts close to 15GB. It’s important to note that ‘High’ quality and ‘Express’ quality photos (further compressed) and videos backed up before June 1 will not count towards your Google Account’s storage limit, so for many of us , Storage should be marked as empty at this point, however new photos uploaded at this quality level will no longer count in Storage. And of course, photos backed up in ‘original’ quality before June 1st will count in your Google Account storage.
Using the Google Storage Management Tool
If you need to free up some space in your Google Photos account, you can use the storage management tool introduced by Google. go for photos.google.com/quotamanagement in your browser, and you will see various options to free up space on your account.
You can review and delete blurry photos, large photos, screenshots, and clean up your Gmail drive through the storage management tool.
Free up memory using Google One
The second thing is to free up some storage in Google Photos, and stay within the 15GB limit for your Google account. To remove unwanted photos and videos from Google Photos, download google one app, sign in using the same Google Account as Google Photos, and go to the Storage tab. click on free up account storage, Storage Manager will offer different solutions to free up storage space that can help you stay within the 15GB cap limit.
Google also says it will introduce a new free tool that will let users find blurry, dark and other low-quality photos, to help users remove them and stay within the free storage limit of 15GB. This tool will be rolled out in June. Make sure you use this tool and get rid of unwanted photos.
Buy storage with a Google One or Apple One subscription
Once you reach your storage limit, you can either subscribe to Google One or Apple One, depending on the handset you use. iPhone Users can subscribe to Google One, but to subscribe to Apple One, you’ll need an Apple device.
Google One starts at Rs. 120 per month which provides 100GB of storage. If users want 200GB of storage, the Google One subscription costs Rs. 210 per month and the 2TB storage plan is priced at Rs. 650 per month. Annual plans cost Rs. 1,300, Rs. 2,100, and Rs. 6,500 respectively. Other apps like Dropbox, OneDrive also offer cloud storage subscriptions, but if you’re a frequent user of Google products, then subscribing to Google One makes the most sense.
Apart from the extra storage, Google One also offers the ability to automatically back up your phone for ease of switching handsets and help you get in touch with experts for better complaint redressal. It also provides access to Google Store rewards and Google Play credits. Users can share their Google One plan with up to five family members and get an extended free trial on services like YouTube Premium.
Apple Users can also subscribe to Google One on their iPhone or ipad, or opt for an Apple One or iCloud storage subscription. There are two Apple One subscription plans available in India – Individual and Family plan. Individual plan costs Rs. 195 per month and offers 50GB of iCloud storage in addition to subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. The family plan costs Rs. 365 per month and offers 200GB of iCloud storage, five members access, and subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade.
The base iCloud storage plan starts at Rs. 75 per month for 50GB data. Rupee. 219 per month you get 200GB data, and Rs. 2TB data is available in 749 plan.
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