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As of today, 1st of June 2021, it will officially be the end of Google’s free unlimited storage.

It was announced last November that Google would be bringing in a 15GB free cap on their user’s photo storage in order to try and get more people to sign up to the Google One storage subscription service. 

“Since so many of you rely on Google Photos to store your memories, it’s important that it’s not just a great product, but also continues to meet your needs over the long haul. In order to welcome even more of your memories and build Google Photos for the future, we are changing our unlimited High-quality storage policy. “

– Shimrit Ben-Yair, Vice President, Google Photos

So what will happen when the free 15GB runs out?

It’s been predicted that 15GB’s worth of storage should allow the majority of users at least 3 years’ worth of content to be saved before the start to run out.

Once you’re near the limit Google will notify you via text or email with the options to subscribe to the Google one storage for a small monthly fee of £2 or a yearly fee if you would prefer.

You can subscribe to this at any time but once you’ve ran out of your free 15 GB this will be your only way to get more storage with Google Photos. 

Once subscribed you will have 100GB worth of storage as well as other perks such as Google store discount codes. 

Person shopping on the Google Play App
Person shopping on the Google Play App

What about my previous images/videos?

Google Photos is home to over 4 trillion photos and videos and it continues to have billions added per week. 

With this in mind, the last thing Google would want is for people to lose any of their memories and therefore the introduction of this cap will not affect any content people have uploaded to Google Photos before today. 

 This means that the 15GB of free will include anything you add from today onwards, anything before today won’t be included but will still be saved on Google Photos for your access. 

Someone taking a picture of their food before using Google Photos to store it
Someone taking a picture of their food before using Google Photos to store it

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