Google Photos has been one of Google’s best services since it was launched in 2015 and has been offering unlimited free photo storage in what is known as “high quality” ever since. As announced in November, however, this is coming to an end. For one month, June 1st, Google Photos will charge you over 15GB of storage space.
In other words, whatever quality of photos or videos you upload to Google Photos will count towards your Google One storage plan. If you exceed 15GB, you will have to pay to continue uploading. Photos and videos uploaded before June 1st do not count towards this 15GB limit – only those uploaded after June 1st. So you don’t have to suddenly pay for Google Photos, and you have time to decide whether or not to pay for Google One at all if you haven’t already.
However, if you use Google Photos a lot, it is likely worth paying for at least some of the Google One storage. Google Photos is an excellent service, and it makes sense that it isn’t completely free, even if the free tier limits the quality of the content you could upload.
Many users may never have to pay anyway, or at least not for the foreseeable future. According to Google, 80% of photos users will not reach 15 GB for at least three years. Not to mention the fact that 15GB is three times as much as Apple’s iCloud, which only offers 5GB of free cloud storage.
Google Photos is connected to the rest of the Google One cloud storage ecosystem, which includes Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Google One also offers a free VPN service for Android when you subscribe to 2 TB or more of Google One storage.
Google One’s storage is roughly on par with the rest of the industry in terms of pricing. They spend $ 2 per month on 100GB of storage, $ 3 per month on 200GB, $ 10 per month on 2TB, or up to $ 150 per month on 30TB.
Consider yourself warned – Google Photos may cost you a little more. But again, if you use it frequently, it’s good to spend the money – it’s great service and well worth the money.