In November 2020, Google announced that it changed its storage policy from June 1, 2021. With the change announced by the company, it was reported that new photo backup on non-Pixel phones will no longer be free. Today, in accordance with the specified date, the change took effect.
The free 15GB storage that users got when they created a Google account included data from Drive, Gmail, and Photos. This change by Google does not include photos that have already been uploaded. The specified limitation will be used in the photos that users will upload.
Although the announcement covers only non-Pixel devices for now, there are also rumors that it will be valid on Pixel phones in the ongoing process. Google previously claimed that the 15GB limit is enough for eighty percent of users to store three years of precious memories. With this change, the company will direct customers to the 100 GB storage option and charge users a certain amount to expand their storage space.
If users do not purchase more storage than available storage, they will be affected by renewed storage policies and backup limitations. Google will start notifying customers who are approaching the 15GB limit, and will also release a new tool to help users manage their photos and automatically categorize and delete unwanted, blurry or dark images.