Originally published at: https://blog.foss.lk/bad-news-for-google-photos-users/
Google Photos has decided to stop their unlimited free storage policy for photos and videos, starting from June 1, 2021.Currently 4 trillion photos are stored in Google Photos with 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded each week, it is a huge expenditure for Google to maintain and expand the cloud storage with the continuous uploads from the users.
From the given specific date Google would be providing every account 15 GB of free storage space and once the limit is reached users would be notified via email and they are to either subscribe to Google’s storage subscription service, Google One at $1.99 per month (in the US) or delete prior content in order to reuse the free storage space.
However the photos and videos updated prior to the given date would not be subjected to any policies.Google would be providing with personalised estimates on the duration of free storage depending on how often the user backup photos and videos.
Nevertheless even with the new update, an average Google Photos user should still be able to store up to three years of content with the free 15 GB, however users have the opportunity to use alternatives such as Microsoft OneDrive which offers 1 TB free cloud storage if you have Microsoft 365 subscription, Dubox Cloud Storage which also provide 1 TB of free cloud storage for users, Dropbox which offers 2 TB for $10 per month including features like automatic backups for photos, videos, and screenshots, document scanning, browse section for photos, and Flickr which provide 1000 GB of free data to store your photos and enable photo and video editing.