Google Photos has provided free unlimited storage for downloading photographs at a diminished but acceptable quality for most consumers for as long as it has existed. Both images and videos posted to Google accounts would, however, count against users’ cloud storage from June 1, 2021. If you’ve been depending on Google to back up your media collection, it’s time to look for a new home for that stuff. This post would teach you how to do it.
It is now official. Google Photos no longer provides unlimited free photo storage as of June 1. Google has given everyone unlimited picture storage since its launch in 2015, but that has now come to an end. Storage capacity is now restricted to 15 GB before you must buy additional.
Now, 15 GB is still a lot of storage space, especially given that most high-quality pictures are just 1-4 MB in size. This gives you about 300 pictures per GB, or 4,500 for the full 15 GB. It’s also worth noting that everything uploaded before June 1 is still unrestricted and does not count towards the new 15 GB restriction.
Nonetheless, this change may irritate some individuals. For individuals who are ready to make a move after Google’s announcement, there are many alternatives for cloud picture storage. Apple’s iCloud Photos is one of the most popular choices.
Uploads in high quality vs. original quality
Traditionally, Google Photos also sold two storage options: “Original Quality,” which uses up the storage allowance, and “High Quality,” which is unrestricted and limitless but shrinks photographs larger than 16 megapixels and videos longer than 1080p.
Regardless of the alternative you choose, all of these choices would count against your Google cloud storage allowance starting next month. If you focus on the 15GB of free storage that comes with any Google account, or if you already pay Google for additional storage, this may be a challenge.
What Does This Imply about My Current Uploads?
It’s worth noting that all “High Quality” photographs posted before June 1 would be excluded from the move and would not count against your storage limit, but anything uploaded after that date would use your allocation, so whether you intend on upgrading your Google storage with a paid plan, it may be time to export your pictures and save them somewhere. If you’re still a fan of Apple’s environment, iCloud is a no-brainer.
Google One storage costs $2 per month for 100GB, $3 per month for 200GB, and $10 per month for 2TB, with discounts required for recurring payments. Apple’s iCloud offers 50GB of data for $1 per month, 200GB for $3 per month, and 2TB for $10 per month. Other digital utilities including Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+ are included with Apple One packages, as well as data allowances.
How to Export Photos from Google
You can upload individual images from Google Photos using the Share feature in the Google Photos app, but if you’re searching for a bulk-export option, the steps below will take you through the procedure.
- Go to takeout.google.com on a web browser and sign up using your Google account credentials.
- Deselect everything in the segment labelled “Pick Data to Include” under “Create a New Export.”
- Scroll down to Google Photos and check the correct box, then press the Next move button at the right.
- Then press the Create export button after selecting your export file form, frequency, and destination.
- You’ll see a “Export advance” alert after the request has been sent. The length of time it takes for your export to complete depends on the size of your media collection, but Google can give you an email when it’s complete. Alternatively, you should keep the page open and when the export is full, you’ll see a Download tab.
You will drag your exported photographs into the Photos programme on your Mac until you’ve received them. Check the iCloud Photos is switched on to ensure that the updates are synced to your Apple devices: The transition can be found in the iCloud tab of Photos’ preferences (menu bar: Photos -> Preferences). If you go to the iCloud Images feature of the icloud.com page, you can even share photos from a browser.