Starting June 1, all of your high-quality photos on Google Photos will get counted against the 15GB storage that comes free with your Google account. Alternatively, you can also purchase a Google One plan to increase your storage up to 2 TB that you can use across Google’s apps such as Photos, Sheets, Gmail, and more. Here are some answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about Google’s new policy.
Storage changes for Google Photos
Google Photos currently offers the following backup options:
- Unlimited High-quality storage for free.
- Express quality storage for free (available in select markets).
- Original quality storage for free up to 15 GB (shared across Photos, Gmail, and Drive), with additional storage available as part of Google One.
Starting June 1, 2021, High quality and Express quality content will count toward your Google Account storage.
Once you reach your storage limit, you can either subscribe to Google One (where available) for additional storage or use Photos’ storage management tool to review and delete photos and videos that count toward your storage. Learn how to manage your storage.
If your account is provided through your work, school, family, or another group, you may be affected depending on your plan. Find out how your storage works by talking to the manager of your account.
- High quality and Express quality photos and videos backed up before June 1, 2021, won’t count toward your Google Account storage.
- Original quality photos and videos will continue to count toward your Google Account storage. Learn more about photo and video backup options.
- Photos backed up in Original quality and then compressed to High quality after June 1, 2021, will count toward your Google Account storage.
Manage your storage
You can use the storage management tool to know how much storage space you have left, clean up storage and get more storage.
Specifically, you can:
- Find out how much storage you have left.
- Estimate how long your storage may last based on how often you back up items to your Google Account.
- Review items that count toward your storage that you might want to delete, like blurry photos, screenshots, and large videos.
- Buy more storage with a Google One plan (where available).
An estimate of how long your storage may last may not be available if:
- You haven’t consistently backed up content over the past few months.
- You’re close to your storage limit and we can’t provide an accurate timeline estimate.
- Your account is provided through work, school, family, or another group.
- You’re out of storage.
If you want more storage space for your memories, you can expand your storage through Google One (where available). In the US, plans start at $1.99 per month for 100 GB of storage. Plans include additional member benefits like access to Google experts, exclusive features like advanced photo editing tools, and shared family plans.
Important: If you have a Pixel 5 or an earlier device, you’ll continue to receive free unlimited storage for photos and videos backed up from your Pixel devices. Learn more about your storage options.
Do I need to do anything right away?
No, this change will not take effect until June 1, 2021, and most users won’t reach the limit for years to come. We’ll reach out with a reminder if you need to take action.
What happens to my photos if I’m over the limit?
You will be unable to back up any additional photos and videos after June 1, 2021, if you’re out of storage or over quota. When you’re over quota, it means you’re using more storage space than you have available. If you’re over quota for 24 months, your content may be impacted. You can always free up space through the Google One storage manager and within the products themselves. Learn how to manage your Google storage space.
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