Google announced Wednesday that it was going to stop providing unlimited free storage services by next year, but what prompted the most outcry was that all Google Photos services won’t be free from June 2021.
“A remarkable 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded to Photos every week. To welcome even more of your memories and build Google Photos for the future, we are announcing a change to our storage policy,” Google Photos tweeted.
As per the announcement, any new high-resolution photos stored in Google Photos will count against the service’s limit of 15GB of free data. Once a user crosses that limit, they’ll have to pay from Rs 130 per month for a 100 GB data limit.
Google Photos Product lead David Lieb explained on Twitter that the policy needs to be changed because free backups are a huge cost for the company. If it’s any consolation, Google said that all the existing high-quality content will remain exempt from these storage limits.
However, people on social media said they were very disappointed and that the would be ‘extremely painful’. #GooglePhotos trended on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions:
My whole life is in Google Photos and now I do not know how much more storage I need to buy to last…the rest of my life.
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@PranavDixit) November 11, 2020
— A🦋a (@aamiabdulla) November 11, 2020
— Megan (@megan_vollmer) November 12, 2020
— ʜᴇ’ꜱ ᴀ ʏɪᴅᴅᴏ (@C_O_Y_S) November 12, 2020
I feel so betrayed. I just got an email from @Google saying that starting from June 1, 2021, all new photos & videos backed up in HIGH QUALITY @googlephotos will contribute to my free 15GB free storage quota. I’m so attached to you. Why would you break my heart ? Are you broke? pic.twitter.com/bGu8VOKAAA
— Muawiyath M. Didi 🇲🇻 ♿ (@Muavviyath) November 12, 2020
— Tech Performer (@tech_performer) November 12, 2020
#GooglePhotos the era of free cloud storage going to be over
Le me: thinking thanks fr this one more news in 2020 😕 pic.twitter.com/82wLcaaxMJ
— 🌈It’s Creation🌠 (@srushtii_here) November 12, 2020
— Aayush khandelwal (@_AayuK) November 12, 2020
— Mr. Wolverine (@MayorWolverine) November 12, 2020
— Rishi Mohan 🐼 (@thelifeofrishi) November 11, 2020
— Sachin🇮🇳 (@Sarcasticbf) November 12, 2020
— Ramadhir Singh (@iamRamadhir) November 12, 2020
— दिव्यांश (Devyansh) (@ItsDevyansh) November 12, 2020
— Soanpapdi (@PunCuz_) November 12, 2020
— Sarthak (@Linked__List) November 12, 2020
Google presently offers a total of 15 GB free storage for Gmail, Drive and Photos. Once that is filed you will have to buy a Google One subscription to get more storage.
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