Late last year, Google Photos had announced that it will not offer free unlimited backups to its users after a certain date and that deadline is now less than a month away.
Starting June 1, Google Photos will not offer unlimited free storage for “high quality” photos as it will limit free storage to 15GB. For more storage, users will have to pay a subscription fee.
The good news, however, is that the photos and videos you have already uploaded to Google Photos won’t be part of this new storage plan. The best thing to do right now is to back up all your photos and videos to Google Photos before June 1.
All the Google Pixel users, which means those who own any of the Google Pixel 1-5, will not be impacted by this new policy. For them, photos and videos uploaded in high quality from that device will continue to be exempt from this change, even after June 1, 2021.
But even for future Pixel users, Google has decided to not offer this free unlimited storage, so even they will have to either pay for Google One subscription or find an alternative storage option.
The 15GB storage which will be used for Google Photos backed up is shared across Drive, Gmail and Photos and Google will notify you in the app and follow up by email once you hit that limit.
In order to see what your current storage status is and therefore get a personalised estimate for how long your storage may last, you may go to your Google Photos app > Tap on the Google Account image > Storage