California: Back up your precious memories from Google Photos before the unlimited storage benefit offered by Google comes to an end and the data exceeding the permitted free cap of 15 GB gets deleted.
Starting June 1, Google will start putting a cap of 15GB for your files across Google Photos, Drive and Gmail. This means if this limit is exceeded, the additional storage (beyond 15 GB free space) will have to be purchased from the company.
Prior to this, there has been no cap as such on file storage across these Google services. It is therefore advised that users who want to stay within the storage limit, should free up some space by Tuesday. All unwanted photos and videos can be deleted. Infact, downloading Google One will also help users identify the storage use and provide different solutions that can free up storage space.
Meanwhile the users who have not used their 15GB storage limit as of now will not be impacted on the immediate basis. Once the storage limit begins nearing, Google account users will be getting notifications.
Having access to Google One can help exceed the storage capacity; albeit it comes at monthly and annual subscription fees. Google One prices start from Rs 120 per month where users will get 100GB storage. There are some annual subscriptions where users can pay upto Rs 6,500 a year.
There are also some alternatives that will help users store their images. One of them is Microsoft OneDrive which will provide users storage space along with access to many Microsoft services. OneDrive is free upto 5GB, however, for increased storage capacity (100 GB), users will have to pay Rs 130 per month.
Furthermore, users can also opt for Amazon Photos that will allow unlimited storage for full-resolution photo storage and five family members can share the services as well. This service also provides many editing, search and sharing features. While the services are easily available to those with Amazon Prime memberships, the storage is limited to 5 GB for non-Prime members.
On the other hand, Apple users also make the most of Apple Photos. The seamless service offers powerful AI features, integration across the Apple ecosystem, along with a host of editing tools. The storage is free for up to 5 GB. It is to note that the services are limited to Apple users only and will not work with Android or Windows operating systems.
The cloud storage platform- DropBox can also be used for all kinds of files. The platform features cross-platform compatibility as well as additional features including DropBox Passwords and DropBox Transfers. The alternative is expensive as compared to others as subscription plans start at Rs 720. The free storage can only be accessed up to 2GB.