Google Photos finally ends Unlimited Storage feature
After years of providing free cloud storage to its users, Google Unlimited Storage has come to an end.
Google’s been in the cloud storage business since 2015, allowing users to keep a backup of high resolution pictures and videos.
While this move gained them a lot of positive feedback as the service quickly became a regular and highly popular way for people to backup their favorite memories in the form of pics & videos, they’ve decided to pull the plug on this and make a few changes.
What’s the Change?
Up until this moment, Google allowed folks to backup all their videos and images up to 1080p in quality and 16MP respectively, as part of Google’s Unlimited Storage.
Starting in June 1st, 2021 though, that pool will no longer be available. it’ll be part of the free 15GB of online storage allotted to users that’ll be shared between Photos, Drive and Gmail. Should you require any additional storage for those high quality videos or photos, you’ll have to pay up for their new Google One Storage plan.
While it might not be the best news, at least Google was kind enough not to count any of the media already backed up on there before this date.
How To Keep Track of Your Storage
With Google Unlimited Storage ending, it’s a good idea to keep track of your remaining cap. In that case, you can either check how much free space you’ve left from the Google One Storage website.
Another way to check this out would be to head on over to Google’s Store Management page, it’ll help you keep track of where you stand with your storage space with ease.
If you’ve the money to spare, You could always sign up for the $1.99 per month plan for 100GB of storage.
Downloading Your Media
If Google Photos isn’t your cup of tea anymore and you wanna change you can always get your photos and videos off of the platform and upload it to another cloud storage service by accessing your media from Google Takeout.
It’s quick, easy and it’ll give you the peace of mind and the liberty of having your media either backed up with you or being ready to go if you sign up for another cloud storage service! The website will let you access not only your pictures but any and all other media on your Google account, as well.
Looking For Alternatives? Meet the Competition!
Because Google has an insane amount of popularity backed up with good reputation, you’d probably be wondering “what other cloud storage options could there possibly be in case I’d wanna make a change?”
Well, worry not, ’cause they’re not the only ones out there offering this service. There’s tons of other good competitors that are in the business of cloud storage. A few of them being:
Microsoft OneDrive: With a good ecosystem integrated into Windows 10, Microsoft OneDrive is a great alternative to Google’s Cloud Storage, as it backs up all of your media to OneDrive’s online storage, and is even available with your purchase of Microsoft Office 365, which, if you have, will award you a total of 1TB worth of space.
Amazon Photos: While it may not be the most popular or even the first choice when it comes to online storage, Amazon being a renowned company offers an unlimited amount of high resolution online storage should you pay for Amazon Prime. A good investment, if ever there was one, and certainly one that warrants a consideration!
iCloud Photos: If you’re an iPhone user, you’re already aware of the fantastic and seamless ecosystem they’ve built between all of their devices, and their online media storage is no exception to the rule. iCloud photos offers a total data limit of 5GB upgradable to 50GB for just $0.99 per month! Not too shabby!
All in all, while it might not be an earth shattering announcement from Google, the news certainly warrants a deeper discussion about alternative options and how best to navigate the changes they’ve made.