By Kelsey / Last Updated December 30, 2020


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What is the Google Photos storage limit?

When most people think of photo storage services, the first service most people think of is Google Photos, a tool that has always provided users with unlimited storage space for pictures and videos for free. However, Google Photos recently announced that it will no longer provide unlimited free photo storage space, which means that Google Photos will share storage space with other Google products (Google Drive, G Mail, etc.).

Google Photos

This Google Photos free storage limit news immediately aroused many users who rely on Google Photos for photo and video backup. However, this policy will be implemented in June 2021. Until then, you can still upload high-quality photos and videos to Google Photos without restrictions.

Functions of free storage on Google Photos

Before Google Photos ends unlimited storage officially, you can back up your data to Google Cloud as much as possible. However, before you start uploading the entire photo library, you should keep some limitations in mind. Read on to learn the Google Photos storage limit in 2020.

Google Photos high-quality

To use Google Photos unlimited storage, you must agree to compress uploaded images and videos. Uploading the original quality file still takes up the amount of space allocated in the account. Choose a high quality to back up your data, all your photos larger than 16MP will be compressed to 16MP, and all different photo formats will be converted to JPEG. If you upload a video above 1080p, it will be adjusted to full HD 1080p. However, if you're just looking for a free backup for your entire photo gallery, that's a great choice.

Google Photos original

When you back up photos at their original quality, photos and videos remain the same format and size as they were when you took them. With this option, uploaded files will take up the limited storage space available for your Google account (15GB is provided free of charge). For photos over 16MP, videos over 1080p, and large banners, it is generally recommended to upload images of raw quality, and if you are a demanding professional for picture quality, we also recommend that you subscribe to storage space to back up more pictures and videos.

How do I update my Google Photos storage?

If your Google Photos eventually doesn’t have enough storage space, you can follow the steps below to subscribe to a storage plan to upgrade your account:

Way 1. Buy storage with the Google One app

1. Use your Google account to sign in to Google One, then open the Google One app on your Android phone or tablet.

2. Tap Storage at the top, then scroll down to find the More plans, click it.

3. Choose a different storage plan to subscribe to.

Google One App Upgrade Storage

Way 2. Buy storage with the Google One website

1. Go to Google One website in a browser on any device and sign in with your account.

2. Click on Get more storage and select the appropriate storage plan to subscribe.

Google One Update Storage

Way 3. Buy storage with the Google Drive app

1. Open the Google Drive app on any mobile device.

2. Sign in with your account, then tap the menu icon > Settings.

3. Tap the Upgrade Storage button and choose a storage plan, choose your payment type and tap Subscribe.

Google Drive Upgrade Storage

How to get Google Photos unlimited backup space for free?

Due to the Google Photos space limit, you may be looking for a way to replace Google Photos for unlimited online cloud backup storage, or want to get more data backup space. In addition to switching to other services that may provide more free storage, here we provide you with a more practical method.

You can use the free cloud storage combiner - CBackupper, which does not directly provide you with cloud storage, but can make full use of the available space on various clouds (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.). You only need to add multiple cloud drive accounts, and their available space will be combined into a huge backup space. The service does not limit the number of accounts added, you can add as many accounts as you need.

CBackupper Main Page

How to get more free cloud storage? You can follow the specific steps below.

Step 1. Just go to the main page of CBackupper and create an account, then sign in.

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Step 2. Click Clouds > Add Clouds, select your clouds (here is Google Drive), and click OK. Then sign in to your account, authorize CBackupper and allow it to access all of your Google Drive files. You can add all your personal cloud, even different accounts.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. In the next window, modify the display name and allocate space for file backup. Then, check the Note and click OK.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Note: If you want to move files in Google Drive or other cloud storage, cloud to cloud backup between cloud drives, you can go to Tasks > Create Task and follow the steps.

These steps apply to all cloud drives, and there is no need to think too much about Google Photos backup limit, because you can back up any type of file.

Transfer Google Drive to OneDrive

Bonus tip: Protect all your files on the computer

The above operations are the main functions of the CBackupper web version. CBackupper also provides a professional PC offsite backup solution to help you back up the data in Windows PC to AOMEI Cloud. More importantly, the CBackupper client provides a 15-day free trial and has a huge space of 1000 GB to fully back up all your types of files. Now, try to download and start your free 15-day experience!

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In the end

You should have learned all the useful information about Google Photos storage limits from this article. You can still back up your photos and videos as much as possible before Google Photos stops providing free unlimited storage. If you are looking for a way to get more backup space, don't forget to try CBackupper, it can help you get the most free backup space most simply and safely. The CBackupper client can also be used as an alternative to Google Photos to protect all data on your computer.