We are not going to fool ourselves: the idea that has always accompanied Google Photos since its launch is that of “too good to be true”, but this does not mean that Google’s decision has hurt us less. We have known for months that you will no longer have unlimited free storage on June 1 and as the date approaches, many are wondering what to do with their photos and videos from that day on.
One option is to put up with the 15 GB that Google gives us, but in most cases, it will fall short. So, we have three alternatives: choose another storage service in the cloud, mount a NAS or go through the box. Next, we tell you what have the team members decided to do of Xataka. And you, what do you have planned when the goodbye of Google Photos Unlimited arrives? Don’t forget to tell us about it in the comments.
Pay for Google Photos or find another option?
Six years have passed since Google officially launched its cloud image storage And since then it has been filled with the memories of millions of people. In fact, the company claims that 28 billion photos and videos are uploaded a week. And among all those images are, of course, those of the editors of Engadget, Engadget Android and Engadget Mobile.
What have we decided to do from now on? Let’s spoil you: the vast majority will pay Google, either because it has done so until now or because it will start to do so from June 1. But there are also those who have opted for Amazon Photos or who directly do not have to worry about this problem because they have a Pixel. Here are our decisions:
Iván Linares – Editor in Engadget Mobile and Engadget Android
Personally, I have never been affected by the unlimited uploading or not of the platform: my Google Photos configuration was always the backup at original quality. In this sense, before it paid storage, I pay it now and will continue to pay it in the future. Nor do I contemplate switching to other services to safeguard my images and videos, I think that Photos is the best there is. For comfort, for quality, for power and for its relationship of all the above with the price.
“I do not contemplate moving to other services to safeguard my images and videos, I think Google Photos is the best there is”
Now I use a professional GSuite account which has unlimited storage for original content, both in Google Photos and in Drive. It is what I will continue to use for a long time, it seems to me the best solution for my needs (I like that all the photos of my analyzes are synchronized without compression, so I make sure they keep the original quality of the phone; and thus I never lose them) .
Samuel Fernández – Editor in Engadget Mobile and Engadget Android
In my case the decision has been easy, because I have not had to make it. A few months ago I bought a Pixel 5 and therefore I have the unlimited upload to Google Photos for three years guaranteed. All I had to do was change the upload from my Workspace account to my Gmail account normal (migrating library) to take advantage of unlimited upload.
Iván Ramírez – Editor in Engadget Mobile and Engadget Android
Nothing is forever, especially if it comes from Google. The end of free unlimited storage has struck me as a low blow and I enjoy – perhaps too much – Google Photos and its powerful search function. Although there are many alternatives out there, none are Google Photos, so you will most likely end up paying at some point.
“Google will end up getting what it was looking for: force dependency to later charge for something we have taken for granted”
Being home most of the time, I don’t take a lot of photos, so I estimate that Google’s shared storage should give me a few months before it runs out. I will use that time to reflect on whether to take out the wallet or not, although I fear that Google will end up achieving what it was looking for: force dependency to later charge for something that we have taken for granted. Well played, Google.
Ricardo Aguilar – Editor in Engadget Mobile and Engadget Android
In my case, I still don’t have a clear idea of what to do. The most likely scenario is end up paying Google, because dumping thousands and thousands of photos from Google Photos in another service is almost unfeasible.
Amazon Photos is a great alternative, but I am a user who shoots a lot of videos and here this service is very limited (it only offers 5 GB for video). In addition, the search for content in Google Photos (by colors, people, places, vehicles, etc.) is far from any other alternative, so I think I will have no choice but to go through the box.
Cosmos – Editor in Engadget Mobile and Engadget Android
By having a Pixel 3 I will continue to have unlimited free storage in Google Photos, since the current Google phones get rid of the new conditions that will come into effect for the rest of the mobiles from the month I came. Therefore, I will continue to use Google Photos as normal. In theory I will have unlimited high quality storage until the mobile stops working.
“I would be more selective with the photos that I upload and surely many videos would be uploaded privately to YouTube so that they would not take up space”
I am confident that the next Pixels will still have the benefit of unlimited Google Photos storage, even if only temporarily for a few years. If the time comes when I run out of free unlimited Google Photos storage, I am clear that I will continue to use that service because it seems to me that it is the best application of photos and videos that there is currently.
If I find that the free 15 GB of storage is short on me, yes I would pay the 19.99 euros per year It currently costs to expand the storage to 100GB. Of course, I would be more selective with the photos that I upload and surely many videos would be uploaded privately to YouTube so that they would not take up space, as I already did before the arrival of Google Photos.
Amparo Babiloni – Coordinator of Xataka Móvil and Xataka Android
Since Google announced it, I have changed my mind. At first it was clear that she would look for an alternative, she was hurt and did not want to know anything about Google. I thought about getting a NAS and I was looking at options, but seeing the prices, my desire was gradually taking away. I valued Amazon Photos, re-store on normal hard drives … nothing convinced me or convinces me. Little by little I have been realizing that what I have in Google Photos I will not find anywhere else (at least for now). I’m still hurt, but you have to be realistic.
“Little by little I have been realizing that what I have in Google Photos I will not find anywhere else (at least for now)”
I already pay for the 200 GB Google Drive plan, so what I’m going to do is: absolutely nothing. I will continue to use Google Photos and when my 200 GB is full (which will not take long), I will go to the 2 TB plan paying 99.99 euros per year.
I hope I have room for many years to come with this, although I suppose I will start to pay more attention to what I upload and what not, I will eliminate duplicates, screenshots and all that trash that sneaks into the storage and that until now I did not care, but as of June 1 no. Who knows, I may end up making a NAS and stop depending on Google, but for now it’s time to go through the hoop.
César Muela – Editorial Coordinator at Webedia
I have not 100% decided, but I have always loved Google Photos (I see that I gave it 5 stars on Google Play in December 2015; it has rained!). In fact, I’ve always found it incredible that it offered so much free stuff. The change, even if it hurts, is understandable, so just like I pay for everything I like and use the most, I’ll do the same with Photos.
I admit that it is the most comfortable, but I have everything so organized and the functionalities seem so good that, until it appears something that minimally shadows it, I don’t think I’m thinking of moving to another service. I’ve been testing Amazon Photos for a while and I’m not convinced at all, so Google, take my money.
Enrique Pérez – Editor at Xataka
Pay 29.99 euros per year to have an additional 200 GB of space in the Google cloud. In the case of Google Photos, I see that I have 33.9 GB occupied. The truth is that I could have continued with the free version and simply deleted old photos, but I used the service so much that a few years ago I decided to pay.
I could have gone ahead with the free version and just deleted old photos, but I was using the service so much that a few years ago I decided to pay
I also use Google Drive to store many files and thus “kill several birds with one stone.” Despite using Mac, I have a Pixel and the Google ecosystem is the one I use the most. I don’t mind paying when it’s something I use so much and it has given me such good results to date.
Yúbal Fernández – Editor at Xataka
In the last few months I have been testing various alternatives to Google Photos. As an iOS user, I am very fond of his own solution that has all the positive things of Google Photos, but in Photos I have the comfort of having a web interface with a good search engine to find everything on the PC, so I think I will continue with this service.
At the moment I have 200 GB of storage contracted in the Google cloud, which I only use to store the photos. I estimate that this space is going to be more than enough to keep going over the next few years, and when it occupies all of them, then I will consider whether to hire more or directly make the leap to another service.
José García – Editor at Xataka
I have it more or less clear. I’m still researching alternatives, but what is most convincing so far is Amazon Photos. I pay for Amazon Prime and I really love having unlimited storage of photos in maximum quality. What’s more, I’ve been using the Amazon platform since Google Photos was announced and, for now, I’m happy.
“I’ve been using the Amazon platform since Google Photos was announced and, for now, I’m happy.”
The problem is that Amazon Photos well … does not have unlimited video storage, but consumes Amazon Drive space. And of course, it’s 5 GB for free, so it melts in no time. You could pay for 2 TB on Amazon Drive, which is 19.99 euros per month, but 2 TB on Google One is 9.99 euros. But of course, in the first the photos do not count and in the second they do. It’s a show, really.
In any case, for now Amazon has all the ballots. I discard other clouds for a question of mental health and I discard a NAS because having my memories in a physical device, no matter how safe it is, causes me anxiety. Bottom line: Unlimited Amazon Photos storage and surely checkout for video storage space.
Laura Sacristán – Editor at Engadget Mobile and Engadget Android
Since I have an Amazon Prime subscription, I have decided give Amazon Photos a try, which offers free unlimited storage for photos in original quality. I admit that I lose some functionality, especially in the search engine, but for what I am going to use it (having a backup of my photos in the cloud), it is enough.
As for the fact that Amazon Photos only offers 5GB for video storage, I don’t do many recordings and the ones that I saved so far in Google Photos do not fill those 5 GB. It will even help me clean up videos! In any case, I still have a few months to decide while my Google shared storage runs out.