All photos and videos uploaded to the Google Photos storage service from June 1, will count towards the storage limit of Google accounts, the company announced on its website. Google accounts will receive 15 GB of free storage space for Drive storage service and Gmail email service, among others, but compressed images were excluded from that limit.
According to Google, the change is necessary to “keep up with the growing demand for storage.” The company offers plans that allow users to expand their storage space of 15 GB.
Google Photos compresses photos up to a resolution of up to 16 megapixels. Videos were allowed to be uploaded for free, but were reduced to 1080p (full hd) resolution if they were larger. Images could be uploaded in higher resolution, but in that case they counted towards the storage space.
The fact that the change will take effect on June 1 means that compressed photos and videos will not count in the limit until then.
Google expects less than one in five Photos users to hit the limits of free storage at the company within three years. The photo storage service is used by a billion people every month.