In an important update for Google account users, the tech giant might shut down accounts that have been inactive for two years.
Google is likely to implement this policy from June 1, 2021.
Therefore it is advised for Google account users to visit Photos, Drive, Gmail on the web or mobile.
“The new policies are for consumer accounts that are either inactive or over their storage limit across Gmail, Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard files) and/or Photos — to better align with common practices across the industry.” the company stated in a statement.
“If you’re over your storage limit for two years, Google may delete your content across Gmail, Drive, and Photos,” it added.
From next year, users will have to spend money to use this cloud service.
As per tech site The Verge, Google has announced that it will charge users for its Google photo service from next year. However, the company has made it clear that before June 1, there will be no charge on less than 15 GB storage. That is, users can migrate easily to another cloud service by next year if they want.
It may also be noted that all the photos uploaded to Google Photos before June 1 next year will not count against the standard 15GB cap. Only photos uploaded after June 1 will begin counting against the storage.
“Today, more than 4 trillion photos are stored in Google Photos, and every week 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded. Since so many of you rely on Google Photos to store your memories, it’s important that it’s not just a great product, but also continues to meet your needs over the long haul. In order to welcome even more of your memories and build Google Photos for the future, we are changing our unlimited High-quality storage policy,” read Google’s blog post.
While Google already counts ‘original quality’ photo uploads against a storage cap, the “high quality” upload allows you unlimited storage of photos and video as they are automatically compressed for more efficient storage.
It may also be noted that those who own Google Pixel devices will still be able to upload high-quality (not original) photos for free after June 1, which is a little bonus for those who buy Google’s devices.