Google Photos recently went through a couple of storage changes, among which the company decided to put a limit on the uploads users get. Previously, Google Photos granted all users with unlimited uploads. Google recently accounted that they will be limiting the uploads 15GB storage per account that is shared by its popular apps like Gmail and Google Drive. If one wishes to use above the free storage limit, they will have to purchase one of the company’s storage plans.
The new update means that users will not have space for emails if the limited space is used up in photos. Although, photos uploaded by users before June 2021 will not be counted in the limited storage.
“When we say a lifetime of memories, we really mean it,” Google had said when they launched Photos in 2015.
“With Google Photos, you can now back up and store unlimited high-quality photos and videos for free.”
Recently, in a blog uploaded on Wednesday, Google said that the aforementioned policy had led to four trillion photos being stored on the service, with 28 billion photos and videos being uploaded every week.
They further added that the change was needed to make sure the product “continues to meet your needs over the long haul”.
A remarkable 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded to Photos every week. To welcome even more of your memories and build Google Photos for the future, we are announcing a change to our storage policy.
Learn more here: https://t.co/SuS34HFjAu
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) November 11, 2020
Another post revealed to users that 4.3 million gigabytes were added to Gmail, Drive, and Photos combined every single day.
Google furthermore issued a warning saying that users who were over their storage limit for two years might have their content deleted from Gmail, Drive, and Photos.
Google assured users that the free 15GB of storage which comes with every account is enough to last most of them for “several years” across Gmail, Drive, and Photos.
In case one wants added storage, they can purchase Google One plans which in the UK costs £7.99 per month for two terabytes (2,000GB).
“Google, Facebook, and Amazon have been gobbling up massive amounts of storage in the past few years,” Dennis Hahn, a data center storage analyst at technology research firm said.
“While data storage capacity is being currently deployed at the record – and probably unfathomable – levels from five years ago, the unrelenting accumulation of massive amounts of data appears to be overwhelming our efforts to store it as easily as we once thought,” he further added.