Google Photos is ending free unlimited storage in 2021 – so what are your options?


Google has done it again. It is shutting down one of the most popular features in its product universe: free unlimited Google Photo storage. The company has stated that it will end this service as of June 1, 2021.After this date, all photos uploaded will count towards your 15 GB free data limit. However, all photos uploaded before June 1 of next year will still be available under the free unlimited storage option.

Google Photos, which has over a billion users, has offered free unlimited storage for high-quality (read: compressed) photos to users across all platforms. So it was easy to just turn on the back and sync option with this quality setting and let your photos upload to the cloud without any storage issues. I’ve relied on it to back up photos from all the Android and iOS devices I’ve used over the years.

The company said Photos hosts more than 4 trillion photos and videos, with users uploading 28 billion each week. He added that while media downloads count towards your 15GB free data limit, 80% of users will not reach that limit for 10 years.

Compressed images on Google Photos take up approximately 1-4MB of space. So you can easily insert over 300 photos per GB. So with Gmail and Drive storage you will still have plenty of space for many photos. You can check your current Google Photos storage usage here.