Google yesterday announced several new features integrating Google Photos and Maps, however today we have bad news for those who use the service to store their photos and videos: their free and unlimited backup will be closed by Google in 2021. Understand what led to company to make that decision for one of the image backup services that has won millions of users.
Firstly, it is necessary to clarify that only the free backup mode will be closed, that is, the one where images and videos have reduced resolution. Currently it is still possible to store your catches for free, but as of June 1, 2021, this mode will no longer be available and you will need to buy storage on Google One if you have already used the free 15GB available by default.
In addition, Google still claims that users do not have to worry about downloading all the images that are already backed up, since they will not count towards the 15GB and will remain there at no cost.
“This means that photos and videos uploaded before June 1, 2021 will still be considered free and exempt from the storage limit. You can check your backup quality at any time in the Photos app by accessing the Backup and Sync option in Settings. “
To assist users in this transition, Google will also launch a tool on Google One that allows them to estimate how long their online storage should last according to their usage. It even classifies blurry, dark images, screenshots and many others that can be deleted to free up more space in your storage limit.
Here’s how it will work:
According to Google, those who still have at least 80% of the 15GB of free storage on Drive will still have at least 3 years of guaranteed backup, according to estimates. In addition, these new rules do not apply if you have a Google Pixel phone between generations 1 and 5, where unlimited free backup in “high quality” remains valid.
However, if you need to, you will need to purchase more storage under one of the Google One plans, which start at R $ 6.99 per month or R $ 69.99 per year for an additional 100GB of space.
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