On June 1, 2021, Google will change its storage rules for free accounts and not to improve what you already have, because basically, if you have a free account and you are a semi-regular user of Google storage, you have to be prepared to pay from next year.
As all new emails, documents, photos and videos, from this date, will be counted in the 15 GB of free storage. These are usually small files, but more importantly, virtually all of your downloads will now be counted.
And it is that almost ten years have passed since Google introduced a unified storage system for Gmail, Google Photos and Google Drive. Many of us rely on Google for the storage of our data, be it emails, photos, documents or videos.
“Starting June 1, 2021, all new photos and videos you upload will count toward the 15GB of free storage that comes with every Google account, or additional storage you purchase as a member of Google One. Your account storage Google is shared between Drive, Gmail and Photos. This change also allows us to meet the growing demand for storage.
“And, as always, we honor our commitment not to use the information in Google Photos for advertising purposes. We know that this is an important change that may come as a surprise, so we wanted to give you plenty of notice and give you the opportunity to facilitate it, ”wrote Google Workspace Vice President José Pastor in a blog post.
Changes also affect Google Workspace and G Suite subscribers for education and G Suite for non-profit clients.
Currently, each free Google account comes with 15GB of storage online for all your storage needs.
However, there is good news in Google's announcement. To make the transition a bit easier, uploaded photos and videos in high quality before June 1, 2021 will not count towards the 15 GB free storage. Google estimates that 80% of its users will have at least three years to reach those 15 GB.
Other good news: lPixel phones will be exempt from these new rules, as they will continue to offer unlimited "high quality" backups. These backups compress large photos to 16 megapixels, while videos above 1080p will be resized in this format.
Regarding Google Drive, it is mentioned that:
"Any new documents, spreadsheets, slides, drawings, forms or Jamboard files will count towards the 15 GB of storage allocated to you or any additional storage provided by Google One."
These changes introduce a big problem, because today Google Photos allows you to store an unlimited number of images (and videos, if they are in HD) for free as long as they have a resolution lower than 16MP or choose that Google downgrade the quality.
Starting in June 2021, any new, high-quality photos or videos currently not counted toward your allocation will count toward the free 15GB. And since people take more photos each year, this free allotment won't last long.
It should also be noted that existing Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, Forms or Jamboard files are not counted on only one condition: that you simply consult them without modifying them from June 1, otherwise they will be counted.
Along with these updates storage, there are a few more changes worth knowing about. If the account is inactive in Gmail, Drive, or Photos for more than two years, Google "may" remove content from that product.
Google argues what do you need make these changes to 'continue to provide a great storage experience for everyone and keep up with the growing demand.
It's clearly not cheap, but Google is also in control of all aspects of the matter and had to have internal projections of how the situation will play out when it first set these policies.