If you use Google Photos, you certainly didn’t miss this news in 2020: on November 11th, Google announced a change to its storage policy.
When Mountain View launched this app, it stood out from the competition thanks to its free and unlimited storage. Last year, however, Google announced that this offer would no longer be valid from June 1, 2021 and that Google Photos would have to pay for it.
However, there is no need to panic. In fact, the photos and videos you uploaded before that date are always stored in the cloud by Google for free. On the other hand, starting June 1st, the new photos you upload will take up the 15GB of free space that Google offers all users.
As soon as this quota is exceeded, additional storage must be purchased via the Google offers. Currently, the price for 100 GB of storage is 1.99 euros per month or 2.99 euros per month for 200 GB and 9.99 euros per month for 2 TB.
Should I quit Google Photos?
Not necessarily. According to Google, the majority of users will not be forced to buy additional storage right away, even if it no longer offers free and unlimited storage.
“” […] Once this change takes effect June 1, 2021, over 80% of you should still be able to store three more years of storage with your free 15GB of storage. When your storage approaches 15 GB, we will notify you in the application and ensure a follow-up via email, ”said the company in its announcement in 2020.
In addition, thanks to the company’s advances in artificial intelligence and computer vision, Google Photos has a lot of interesting features.
Either way, it may be time to start exploring the alternatives available on the internet for storing your photos and videos since Google Photos no longer offers unlimited free storage. One of the more interesting options is Microsoft’s OneDrive.
The company in Redmond offers its Microsoft 365 offering, which in addition to the tools of the Office suite (Word, Excel, Skype, etc.) also includes 1 TB of online storage. All of this at a price of 7 euros per month. Another advantage: OneDrive offers a kind of safe for your most sensitive files, in which the data is encrypted in such a way that it cannot be read by the company’s employees.
If you’re using an iPhone but you’ve used Google Photos to take advantage of its free and unlimited storage, it may be time to switch to iCloud. The storage service benefits from a good integration in Apple products with the following prices: 0.99 euros per month for 50 GB, 2.99 euros for 200 GB and 9.99 euros for 2 TB.
Of course, we don’t forget about Dropbox, which we no longer have to present. Like the Microsoft 365 offering, Dropbox’s offering is primarily focused on productivity. So you can take advantage of the integration with various third-party services, including Zoom, Slack, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, or even Trello. The Plus plan lets you provision 2 TB of storage for $ 9.99 per month.
We can also add the iDrive service to the list, which offers 5TB of storage for $ 69.50 per year, or pCloud, which offers $ 3.99 per month for 500GB.
Note that if you want to download all of your images from Google Photos to transfer to another service, we’ve already posted a tutorial for this.