It looks as if the times of free apps are slowly grinding to a halt. Only in the near past, password supervisor LastPass introduced that it was drastically limiting the usefulness of its free app, and now, Google has despatched out emails reaffirming that it’s ending its free unlimited photo storage policy:
Beginning June 1, 2021, all new images and movies backed up in High quality and Express quality* will depend towards the free 15 GB of storage that comes along with your Google account or any extra storage you might have bought, the identical means different Google providers like Google Drive and Gmail already do.
Whereas this isn’t a shock — Google introduced its new coverage again in November 2020 — it’s nonetheless miserable to be reminded of the upcoming storage crunch. In fact, till June 1st, you possibly can nonetheless add as many “prime quality” images as you want, so for those who’re planning to add plenty of outdated images, that is the time to do it. In the meantime, although, you might need to work out simply how a lot area you’re already utilizing, so you possibly can work out if it is advisable improve. It’s not troublesome, and there are a number of methods of doing it:
- Go to this page, and also you’ll see a breakdown of how a lot storage you’re utilizing and the way it’s been divided between Google Drive, Gmail, Google Photographs, and your system backup. (Notice: how the web page seems might differ, relying on the kind of Google account you could have.)
- You too can see how a lot storage you could have left by going to your Google Drive web page and looking out on the Storage statistic exhibiting on the backside of the left-hand column
- Google has additionally created a web page that estimates, primarily based in your present utilization, how lengthy it is going to be earlier than it is advisable improve your storage. Yow will discover it here.
As soon as the June 1st deadline has handed, Google says it’s going to ship reminders whenever you’re nearing your restrict. It additionally intends to supply a device that may determine what it calls “darkish, blurry, and in any other case undesirable content material.”
Now that you know the way a lot area you could have left, you possibly can attempt to determine what you need to do subsequent. In the event you’re getting near your restrict, do you need to pay Google for more storage space? (Costs begin at $1.99 monthly for 100GB.) Discover a different service to store your photos? It’s as much as you.
One phrase of recommendation: earlier than you do the rest, attempt to do away with any outdated, undesirable, or duplicate recordsdata which can be hanging round in your Google storage. You’d be amazed at how a lot area you would possibly save.