The big change takes place on June 1st, leaving only 15GB of free cloud storage for users. So the new storage management tool will help you find all the terrifying photos that are taking up that precious space.
Starting in June, Google Photos will only offer unlimited high-quality photo storage if you upload photos from one Pixel 2-5. Photos taken from other devices count towards your total cloud storage capacity. 15GB is free and anything beyond that will cost you money.
Before that, you might have backed up all of your photos to Google Photos, even the bad ones. Because why not? It’s not that you had limits to worry about. This will not be the case in the future. This is where the management tool comes in.
The tool has already been introduced for the Photos app and is intended to help you manage 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. Not only does that mean 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 to delete.
The good news is, high quality photos (i.e. compressed versions and not original file sizes) that you have already uploaded to Google Photos do not count towards your storage. But anything you back up after June 1st counts, which means you have a week to save everything to the cloud without being penalized.
The search giant is also supposed to make Google Photos much more understandable. Each user receives a personalized estimate of the life of their storage as well as notifications when they start to reach their limit. Google estimates that around 80% of users can save photos on the free tier for three years. So it’s not like you’re running out of space.
Google will also rename the High Quality Storage tier to Storage Saver, although that is roughly the extent of the change. Photos and videos are saved in the same quality as before and only compressed from the original file size. Google has also promised users that they will still be able to choose what quality they want their files to be saved in, as it currently does.