Google Photos is ending its free unlimited storage today
If users need more space, they will have to pay for Google One plans that start at $2 per month for 100GB of Drive space and scale to 2TB for $10 per month
After offering unlimited free photo backups for years, Google Photos is now ending its free unlimited storage on June 1.
From then on, any photo users upload -- including compressed "storage saver" pics -- counts toward their Google Drive storage limit unless it comes from a Pixel phone, Engadget reported.
If users need more space, they will have to pay for Google One plans that start at $2 per month for 100GB of Drive space and scale to 2TB for $10 per month.
Any photos they upload before June 1 won`t count toward the cap.
Google has also made it easier to delete unwanted photos through a tool that finds blurry snapshots, screenshots and other items users can usually remove, the report said.
The company explained the move last November as a necessary step to "keep pace" with the demand for storage, it added.
Those users still looking for a free service can use the no-cost tiers for services like Dropbox or Flickr if you have a modest collection.
Recently, Google rolled out a new feature that will help Gmail users transfer emailed photos from their accounts directly to Google Photos.
The new `Save to Photos` button, currently available only for images in JPEG format, will arrive for personal Gmail users, Google Workspace, G Suite Basic and G Suite Business customers in the next couple of weeks.