Google Photos is due for a huge policy change starting 1st June and that will change will mean no more free, unlimited storage for ‘high quality’ photos.
It is well worth noting that all your existing ‘high quality’ compressed images and movies are exempt from this change and won’t matter toward the 15GB default storage that comes with a Google account. But new ‘high quality’ images and uncompressed ‘Original’ ones will count towards your storage once the coverage kicks in which means that now is a right time to free up some of that storage via deleting the useless stuff.
Google is doing its bit to help you in that vein by means of fulfilling on a promise made during the original policy change announcement. The search large has now added a weeding tool of sorts to help get rid of all that unnecessary stuff consuming at your storage. As per a fresh blog post, Google stated “today, we’re starting to roll out a tool in the Photos app to assist you without difficulty manage the pictures and videos you’ve backed up that count towards your storage quota”.
According to Google, the “the storage management tool surfaces images or movies you might prefer to delete – like blurry photos, screenshots and large videos – so you can get the most out of your storage.”
As is the case with Google’s new feature additions, the roll-out of this feature is phased and might take a bit of time to attain everyone, but once it does show up you will be capable to access it by following these steps:
Step 1: Clicking on your account icon in the top right corner of the ‘Library’ section
Step 2: Head over to ‘Account storage’.
Step 3: Tap ‘manage storage’
You should now be in a position to see new sections including ‘blurry photos’, which will then take you to a grid of the snaps in your collection that are afflicted with motion blur.
Alongside the new tool, Google Photos also referred to in its blog post that it’ll soon be renaming its ‘high quality’ storage tier to ‘Storage saver’.
This won’t trade anything much for the user, but it does mean that Google is finally conceding that what they’d prefer us to believe to be ‘high quality’ isn’t always quite up there. That said, there will still be two sizes of storage to select from for Google Photos, however these will now be called ‘Storage saver’ and ‘Original’.