Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015. As of June 1, 2021, in its free tier, any newly uploaded photo and video counts towards the 15 GB free storage quota shared across the user’s Google services, with the exception of current Pixel phones. The previous free tier, unlimited photos and videos up to 16 megapixels and 1080p resolution respectively (anything larger gets down-scaled to these sizes), ended on the same day.
What happens to photos in existing storage: Any photos or videos you’ve uploaded in High quality before June 1, 2021 will not count toward your 15GB of free storage.
Google Photo’s Plans:
- First plans start at a price of $1.84 (₹130) per month for 100GB of storage. The user can also go for an annual plan with the same storage at $17.84 (₹1300).
- The second plan with 200GB storage can be availed at a price of $28.81 (₹2,100) per year or $2.88 (₹210) per month.
- The highest storage available is 2TB and it is available at $89.18 (₹6,500) per year or $8.92 (₹650) per month.
What are some of the best Google Photos alternatives?
- MICROSOFT ONEDRIVE
- APPLE PHOTOS
- AMAZON PHOTOS
How to stop Google Photos backups so that it doesn’t exhaust your 15GB free Gmail storage
- Open the Google Photos app on your Android phone or tablet or iPhone and sign in to your Google Account.
- At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial. Select Photos settings and then Back up & sync. Tap “Back up & sync” toggle button to off.