Google to halt free photo and video storage

12 November 2020, 11:34

Google logo
Google logo. Picture: PA

The firm said the change will allow it ‘to keep pace with the growing demand for storage’.

Google has announced it will stop providing free unlimited photo and video storage from next year.

The Google Photos service has let users back-up multimedia content in “high quality” without it going against their account cap since launching more than five years ago.

But from June 1, any new photos and videos uploaded will count towards the free 15GB of storage that comes with a Google account.

The firm said the move will allow it “to keep pace with the growing demand for storage”.

Shimrit Ben-Yair, vice-president of Google Photos, said: “We know this is a big shift and may come as a surprise, so we wanted to let you know well in advance and give you resources to make this easier.”

Any photos or videos added in high quality before the cut-off date will not count towards a person’s cap and will remain exempt from the limit after June 1.

Owners of any Google Pixel smartphone will also be exempt from the changes, meaning they will be able to continue backing up photos and videos from their smartphone for free.

Google said it currently has more than four trillion photos stored on the platform, with 28 billion new photos and videos uploaded every week.

By Press Association

More Technology News

See more More Technology News

AI technology

Younger children increasingly online and unsupervised, Ofcom says

Migrant Channel crossing incidents

Ministers will be told to use AI to screen migrants for threats, adviser says

Nothing smartphone

UK tech firm Nothing to integrate ChatGPT into its devices

The Google offices in Six Pancras Square, London

Google confirms more job cuts as part of company reorganisation

Person using laptop

Housing association reprimanded after residents’ data compromised

A screengrab of an arrest in connection with the LabHost website

Arrests made and thousands of victims contacted after scammer site taken offline

Social media apps on a smartphone

Three-quarters of public fear misinformation will affect UK elections – report

Businessman racing with a robot

TUC calls for AI to be regulated in the workplace

The ChatGPT website

AI chatbot ‘could be better at assessing eye problems than medics’

The lights on the front panel of a broadband internet router, London.

Virgin Media remains most complained about broadband and landline provider

FastRig wingsail launch

Scottish-made wingsail set for sea tests after launch on land

A person using a laptop

£14,000 being lost to investment scams on average, says Barclays


Rollout of eVisas begins as Government aims for digital immigration by 2025

Elon Musk in 2024

X may start charging new users to post, says Elon Musk

Musk suggested new users could be charged a small annual fee before posting

New X users face paying ‘small fee’ to combat ‘relentless onslaught of bots’, Elon Musk suggests

Cyber fraud

Creating ‘deepfake’ sexual images to be criminal offence under new legislation