Google announced in 2015 a fascinating feature for its photography app: Photos would have unlimited storage for all its users, indistinguishable from their region. This benefit could be acquired just by having a Google account. But as of June 2021 Google Photos will no longer have unlimited storage.
This measure is in response to the growing demand for the service. Currently Google Photos has more than one billion users who accumulate more than 4 billion photos and videos stored on servers and this number is growing at a rate of 28 billion weekly. In response, Google has limited this service.
Content already stored will not be affected by the new measure
From June 2021, Photos users will have 15GB of free storage for both photos and videos. This is quite an aggressive limitation considering the recent past of infinite storage. But thankfully Google has decided to have one last act of deference.
All that content, be it photography or video, categorized in the app as high resolution that is stored in Google Photos before June 1, 2021 will be considered within the free storage package for the future. In other words, in addition to all that content we will have the 15GB intact for our storage.
Google estimates that at the rate at which the average user uploads content, approximately 80% of users will be able to consider this 15GB limit as three years of free storage. In addition, Google Photos will be incorporating new tools to identify blurry photos to help us choose content that is taking up unnecessary space.
Google Photos will no longer have unlimited free storage. Everything seems to indicate that the reason for this is to push its users to contract the Google One service. It offers unlimited storage in Google Photos of up to 100GB for US $ 2 a month, up to 200GB for US $ 3 a month or up to 2TB for US $ 10 monthly.