The opportunity to back up any screenshot and video from the handset to Google Images entirely for free in original resolution was one of the greatest benefits of early Google Pixel smartphones, outside of the camera itself. Now, however, Pixel 2 owners are losing their unrestricted backup of Google Images.
This comes as no surprise, as Google made it clear that on all Pixel 2 units, the initial quality backup of Google Images would only last a few years. It’s certainly worth bringing this to mind and focusing on this issue, though, as it is still in the possession of several individuals, despite this phone having lost upgrade service last month.
On the help tab, Google states that Pixel 2 will lose unrestricted storage on images at original quality beginning on Saturday, January 16, 2021. At that date, owners of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will either need to use “High Quality” backup, which compresses images and videos, or at the cost of Google One storage, they will need to stick with “Original Quality.
Notably, this comes with the end of unrestricted compressed Google Images storage on the horizon, too. Google Images will count all uploads against the sum of your account beginning this year, even though they are not of original size.
On January 31, 2022, Pixel 3, the last Google phone with this picture offering, will also lose its free storage advantage in around a year.