In November of last year, Google revealed that its Photos app will no longer provide free storage for high-quality uploads. The policy will go into effect on June 1, but Google has already released a few tools to assist users in freeing up space. Google Photos was regarded as one of the best storage apps available because it enabled users to maintain high-quality photo settings so that the phone could continue to back up photos that did not count against the normal 15GB storage limit. However, Google has chosen to remove one of its most common features.
Before implementing the new storage policy, Google shared several new changes that would help users figure out how much storage they have. Google has added a new preview feature that allows users to delete photos that are unwanted or blurry. The tool can highlight fuzzy images or videos, screenshots, and big videos that take up a lot of room unnecessarily.
“Today, we’re starting to roll out a tool in the Photos app to help you easily manage the photos and videos you’ve backed up that count toward your storage quota. The storage management tool surfaces photos or videos you might want to delete — like blurry photos, screenshots and large videos — so you can get the most out of your storage. You can also purchase more storage through Google One where available,” said Google.
Things to do before rolling out new storage policy-
#1 Backup as many photos as you can before June 1
Before the new policy takes effect on June 1, all “high quality” photos will have unlimited storage. This means that before June 1, you can upload as many ‘high quality’ images to Google Photos as you want without affecting your Google account storage.
#2 Convert existing ‘original quality’ to ‘high quality’
Users can currently upload and backup images in two formats: ‘high quality’ and ‘original quality.’ To save room, Google resizes images larger than 16MP to 16MP for ‘high-quality’ photos. ‘High-quality’ images are not currently included in the user’s 15GB free storage limit. If you haven’t already, convert your ‘original quality’ images to ‘high quality’ for two reasons: one, to save space, and two, to avoid counting against your 15GB of free storage.
#3 Remove all duplicate/blurred photos and the ones you don’t really require
Examine your Google Photos library and delete any duplicates, blurred images, or images you don’t think are relevant.
#4 Clean unwanted files from Google Drive and Gmail
When the new storage policy takes effect on June 1, users’ “high-quality” images will be included in their 15GB free storage limit. Since Google Drive and Gmail both have 15GB of storage, it’s a good idea to use these services to get rid of any files or emails you don’t need.
#5 Create another Gmail account and back up all photos separately
If there is too much data to search and clean, a simple solution is to build a separate Gmail account and backup Photos to that account. You won’t have to worry about running out of storage due to Gmail and Google Drive files because you made it exclusively for images. This move, however, is only useful until the new 15GB storage space is depleted.
#6 Move your photos to another high internal storage
If you have a phone with large internal storage space, such as 256GB or 512GB, you can transfer your images there. If you don’t want to reduce your reliance on Google Photos, you can keep photos on your smartphone instead.
#7 Users of iPhones will upload their images to iCloud
Users of Apple iPhones will upload their images to iCloud. They can sign up for Apple One, which is a bundled offering, or just get more iCloud storage.