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Google limits the space for user photos

Google Photos users will no longer be able to upload unlimited photos and videos to the cloud starting Tuesday. If you don’t have enough of 15 GB, you will have to pay for a subscription.

Google announced last year that all photos and videos uploaded in Google Photos storage service from June 1st will count towards the Google account storage limit. The app allowed users to save their photos and videos for free and unlimited on Google’s cloud servers until Tuesday.

Google Photos compressed the photos to a resolution of up to 16 megapixels. Videos were allowed to be uploaded for free, but were reduced to a resolution of 1,080 pixels (full HD) if they were larger. Images could be uploaded in higher resolution, but in that case they counted for the storage space.

The change now in effect means that compressed photos and videos will also count in the 15 GB limit from Tuesday. Images that users uploaded before 1 June are not counted.

According to the company, the change is needed to “keep up with the growing demand for storage”. The company offers Google One subscriptions that allow users to expand their 15GB storage space. For example, 100 GB of storage for six people costs 1.5 per month (or 15 per year).

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

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