This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Google Photos will no longer allow unlimited storage of images and videos; after June 1, 2021, it will consume the free storage space (15 GB) that comes with your Google account, and the excess will require you to purchase additional Google One space ($199 per month for 100 GB).
Please note that photos and videos backed up before June 1, 2021, will not be subject to the change and will not consume any storage space in your Google account.
Previously, Google Photos allowed users to choose between 'High quality' and 'Original quality' when saving images and videos, and if you chose 'High quality', you could save an unlimited number of photos and videos without consuming any space in your account. This will be discontinued and will be treated in the same way as Gmail and Google Drive.
When you hear that 15 GB worth of storage is free, it sounds like you have plenty of storage space, but since the storage is shared with Gmail and Google Drive, you'll have even less space to store photos and videos for free if you're consuming space on other services.
The new tool offered to save space
Commenting on the change, Google said, "This was not a light decision. It's also probably going to be a big change." With 28 billion photos and videos being uploaded every week, they have changed their policies to help them develop for the future.
While most users won't exceed their capacity for the next few years, Google will release a new management tool on June 1, 2021, that makes it easier to find and delete dark or blurry photos, as well as an estimator (external link) that predicts when your capacity will exceed if you continue to use it at the current rate.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.