Over the summer of last year, we had to say goodbye to free, unlimited Google Photos storage. As of June 1, 2021, Google Backup Photos and Videos started taking up space in the cloud for most devices. Only Pixel phones launched before that year have been backed up, but from tomorrow, a model has to say goodbye to one of the advantages of photo and video backup.

After the Pixel 2, it’s now the turn of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. After missing updates a few weeks ago, now see how it also says goodbye to unlimited original quality photo and video storage.

The Pixel 3 will only have unlimited storage at “high quality”

With the launch of the Pixel 3 in October 2018, it was reported that unlimited storage at original quality would only be available for just over three years, until January 31, 2022, after which point unlimited storage would not be available. only available in “high quality”. “. And that date has already arrived.

Starting tomorrow, Google Photos will automatically back up new photos and videos in Storage Saver quality (formerly known as “high quality”) at no additional cost. If the user wants the photos and videos to continue downloading in original quality while occupying the cloud storage, he will need to change the backup settings.

To change the upload size, just open Google Photos, tap on the profile picture and click Photo Settings. In the Backup and sync > Downloaded file size section, you can choose whether you want the photos to be downloaded in original quality (support Google Drive storage quota) or storage saving quality (storage unlimited free).

Photos and videos are stored at a slightly lower quality.

We have changed the name of our premium storage tier to Storage Saver. Although we have changed the name, photos and videos will still be stored in the same quality.

Photos and videos with Storage Saver quality are compressed to save space. If a photo is larger than 16MP, it will be scaled down to that size, and if the video resolution is larger than 1080p, it will be scaled down to 1080p HD resolution. Therefore, anyone who owns a Pixel 3 and wants to continue recording 4K videos in the cloud will need to download them in original quality.

From February 1, only the first Pixel released in 2016 will have unlimited storage in original quality. With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3, unlimited copies in original quality were due to expire, and from Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 they were already released only with unlimited storage in Storage Saver quality.

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