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"Important update about Google Photos storage"
November 16, 2020
1:56 pm
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Tom McIlwain
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I received an email Google photos, entitled Important update about Google Photos storage.  The bad news that I read was “

  Starting June 1, 2021, all new photos and videos backed up in High quality will count toward the free 15 GB of storage that comes with your Google Account or any additional storage you may have purchased, the same way other Google services like Google Drive and Gmail already do.

So, Chris and Jim, what happened to our lifetime free storage for high quality photos?

November 18, 2020
9:49 am
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Tom,

Unlimited Free storage is indeed going away as of June 1, 2021. That’s the bad news. The good news is that all photos and videos in your Google account at High Quality before June 1 will be grandfathered in – no charge for them going forward. New photos uploaded after that date will start counting against the 15GB of free storage that Google gives us. The fee for more storage is $2/mo for 100 GB. I’ve been paying that for a while because it offers a few other benefits. 

I am working on an article with lots more details.

I’m sticking with Google Photos – it sucks that the free unlimited storage is going away but it’s still best system out there for managing my lifetime of photos and videos. 

If you want to stop using Google Photos on principle, there are many choices for online photo sharing sites. Here are a few I use:
  1. Flickr (free for up to 1,000 photos $50/year for more)
  2. Amazon Prime Photos (unlimited photo storage included with $120 Prime membership, videos limited to 5GB then $2/mo for 100 GB)
  3. Microsoft OneDrive (5GB free, 1TB included with Microsoft 365, $2/mo for 100GB otherwise)
November 18, 2020
11:58 am
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Well it was too good a deal last. I already upgraded to 100 gigabytes at Google awhile back.

I guess the way they phrased it, new pictures will count even if you go back and eliminate some old ones. There is no doubt that most of us have way too many duplicates that we never get around to cleaning up. It would be nice to eliminate some at all our credit for the future. Thanks for getting back to me Chris. As usual I will stay tuned for your updates.SmileSmileSmile

November 18, 2020
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Yes, newly uploaded photos after June 1 will count whether they are Original or High Quality. High Quality is still good because they will use about half of the Originals.

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