After today (June 1), users will only have 15 GB of free cloud storage. Fortunately, the new storage management tool will help you find all the terrible photos that are taking up that precious space.
Starting June 2, Google Photos will only offer unlimited storage for “high quality” photos if you upload photos from a Pixels 2-5. Photos from other devices will count towards your total cloud storage allocation. 15GB is free, and anything beyond that will cost you money.
Previously, you might have backed up all your photos to Google Photos, even the bad ones. Because why not? It’s not like you have limits to worry about or anything like that. As it won’t be in the future, this management tool will help you sift and sort your photos.
The tool has already started rolling out to the Photos app and is designed to help you easily manage all the photos and videos that have been backed up but really should be deleted. It is able to identify and highlight blurry photos, screenshots and large files. This not only means that you can see how much space they are taking up, but there is a list of thumbnails that you can scroll down to choose which ones need to be removed.
The good news is that “high quality” photos (that is, the compressed versions, not the original file sizes) that you have already uploaded to Google Photos will not count in your storage. . But anything you back up after June 1 will count, meaning you have a week to store everything in the cloud without being penalized.
The guide below will tell you exactly how to use the tool.
Recover your bad photos in Google Photos
- Open the Photos app
- Go to the “Library” section
- Tap on “account storage”
- Press “manage storage”
- You will see a new section called “blurry photos”
- Select and delete
Check your Google Photos backup settings
- Tap the account profile picture
- Go to “Photo settings”
- Activate or deactivate “Backup and synchronize”. (If you’re still cleaning your library of bad photos, turn it off. Once sorted, turn it back on.)
- Optional: Choose to store photos in “high quality” (compressed) or “original” (uncompressed).
The search giant is also set to make Google Photos a lot easier to understand. Each user will receive a personalized estimate of how long their storage will last, as well as notifications when they start approaching their limit. Google estimates that around 80% of users will be able to store three years of photos on the free tier, so it’s not like you’re going to run out of space.
Google is also in the process of renaming the “High Quality Storage” tier to “Storage Saver”, although that’s roughly the extent of the change. Photos and videos will be stored in the same quality as before, simply compressed from their original file size. Google also promised users that they will still be able to choose the quality in which your files are stored, as is currently the case.