It’s the end of an era, folks. The era of free cloud photo storage, that is.
Google announced Wednesday that Google Photos would no longer allow unlimited high-quality photo and video storage for its previous price of free-99 (h/t The Verge). Beginning June 1, 2021, any new hi-res photos stored in Google Photos will count against the service’s limit of 15GB of free data. Once you eclipse that amount, it’s time to pay up.
The move appears to be part of a larger effort by Google to tamp down on — or at least make money on — the massive amount of data it stores.