We continue with more bad news regarding the end of Google Photos unlimited free storage . In yesterday’s announcement that caught us all by surprise, Google announced that as of June 1, 2021, only Pixel 1-5 will have unlimited and free backup of photos and videos, leaving out other devices but so will the future range of Pixel devices.
Google has confirmed to Android Police and The Verge and that future Pixels will not have the unlimited free storage of photos and videos as in the models of previous generations.
The 2020 Pixels are the last to have unlimited Google Photos storage
When Google confirmed that it was maintaining unlimited storage on Pixel 1-5 from June 2021, it was speculated what would happen to that advantage in the next Pixels that the company would launch next year, since the official statement was not very hopeful when speaking specifically of the current models instead of talking in general about a Pixel mobile.
Many of us hoped that Google will keep that feature of Google Photos on its own devices to boost its sales, since it is very attractive to have a mobile that enjoys an unlimited backup of photos and videos as standard, but now we know that this is not going to be like that, or at least as it has been up to now.
Google confirms that the next generations of its Pixels will not have the unlimited backup , but that does not mean that the next Pixel 5a or Pixel 6 do not come with any equivalent, or at least temporary advantage. For example, in the current Pixel 4a , Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 come with three months of trial to Google One, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. Perhaps in the future they will add an equivalent offer but limited in time. In the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 the company already offered unlimited free storage of photos and videos in original quality with an expiration date, changed to high quality after that date.
This is how the unlimited free storage of photos and videos remains in the current Pixel
Google is going to keep unlimited the advantages of the current Pixel. These vary depending on the model, as we can see on the Google Photos support page :
- Pixel (2016): You have unlimited free storage space in original quality. You will not be able to upload photos or videos in high quality.
- Pixel 2: Until January 16, 2021, you have unlimited free storage space in original quality for all photos and videos that you upload to Google Photos from a Pixel 2 device. Photos and videos that you upload until that date will continue being free in original quality. From January 16, 2021, new photos and videos will be uploaded in high quality for free. If you upload new photos and videos in original quality, the space will be subtracted from the storage quota.
- Pixel 3: Until January 31, 2022, you have unlimited free storage space in original quality for all photos and videos that you upload to Google Photos from a Pixel 3 device. Photos and videos that you upload up to that date will remain free in original quality. From January 31, 2022, new photos and videos will be uploaded in high quality for free. If you upload new photos and videos in original quality, the space will be subtracted from the storage quota.
- Pixel 3a-5: You can upload your photos and videos in high quality or in original quality. The photos and videos that you upload in high quality from Pixel models 3a to 5 are free and unlimited. Photos and videos that you upload in original quality will be taken into account in the storage space of your Google account. See how to change the upload size and more information about storage plans.
Via | Android Police