Google Photos ends free unlimited storage charges exceeded 15GB: After 5 years of offering unlimited free photo backups in high quality, Google Photos has announced that it will start charging for storage once the 15 gigs are over.

The change will occur on June one of 2021 and is accompanied by other changes in the Google Drive policy such as including documents and spreadsheets within the same limit, as collected by The Verge.

The company will also implement a new policy through which it will begin deleting data from accounts that have not been logged in for at least two years.

All photos and documents uploaded before the June one will not count towards the 15GB limit, so users still have time to decide whether to continue using Google Photos or decide on another cloud storage provider.

Google already counts uploads of original quality photos with a storage limit. However, removing unlimited backup for high-quality images and videos also ends up with one of the biggest selling points of the service.

However, these restrictions do not affect Pixel owners, who will be able to upload high-quality photos for free after the June one without counting towards the limit.

The company has highlighted that they offer more free storage than others like Apple (5GB in iCloud) and has pointed out that the majority of Google Photos users do not reach the 15GB limit for at least three years.

Google Photos ends free unlimited storage charges exceeded 15GB

In fact, they have calculated that, as of the deadline, more than 80% of users will be able to continue using their account without paying because they will not reach the Giga cap.

Google has announced that it will send alerts and warnings when users begin to approach that limit. He has also explained that he is putting new storage management tools in Google Photos, including one that makes it easier to find and delete photos that you don't want because they are blurry images or screenshots.

The company will also show a custom estimate on how long a storage level will last in terms of time rather than gigabytes. Thus, it calculates the average loads of each user over a period to estimate how much more they will be able to use their current level.

On why this change, one possibility is that it is part of an effort to get more users registered on Google storage. The service now includes a free VPN for Android at some of its highest levels. However, according to Google, the answer is that there is an immense amount of photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos and the service must be sustainable.

Regarding the prices of Google One, these do not change. They are set from dólares 1.99 per month for 100GB and goes up to 2 2.99 per month for 200GB and even 1 149.99 per month for 30TB.

Next to photos, also documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms... they will also start counting for storage limits. The reason is, according to Google, to bring its "policies closer to industry standards."

Regarding the measure on inactive accounts, if the user has not logged in for two years and does not respond to warning emails sent to him by the company, the company may delete it. In addition, they have warned that if a user exceeds their storage limit for two years, Google will be able to delete their content in Gmail, Drive or Photos.

This move comes 5 years after the company launched its current high-quality free unlimited cloud storage plan. Google Photos has since allowed to store images with great quality despite compression, since it reaches a maximum resolution of 16 megapixels.

Google Photos ends free unlimited storage charges exceeded 15GB


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As for the Microsoft products affected by these vulnerabilities, they are as follows:

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