Lifehacker: How to Hide Your Sensitive Pictures in Google Photos. “If, for some reason, you have taken photos on your phone that you don’t want just anyone to see, you may want to use some sort of privacy feature. While there are third party apps that can hide your intimate photos, Google recently announced a new feature to lock your private images directly in Google Photos.” This is not necessarily noods; you might have images of things like your driver’s license and passport in case they’re stolen.
Ars Technica: Google Photos is so 2020—welcome to the world of self-hosted photo management. “We take more photos now than ever before. Growth in this segment is explosive, with over 1.4 trillion photos taken last year, according to InfoTrends. That’s up from 1 trillion in 2017. Video is much the same, with YouTube saying in recent years that about 500 hours of video are uploaded to the platform every minute. Finding a solution to organizing and safely storing these precious memories is more important than ever, and it’s becoming an increasingly large problem to solve.”
CNET: Google Photos is ending unlimited free storage next week. Here’s what to know. “Google Photos will end its unlimited free storage policy for photos and videos next week. After June 1, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the free 15GB of storage that comes with every Google account. But don’t worry: Any photos or videos you’ve uploaded before that day won’t be part of the cap. And Google has added a new free tool to help you manage your storage quota.” Thorough overview.
Android Central: Google Photos launches new storage management tool ahead of policy change. “Google Photos will soon enforce its new storage policy, which will no longer provide free storage for high-quality uploads for most users. To help ease the transition, Google is launching a new tool that will help users to manage their Google Photos storage to free up space. The new review tool in Google Photos will help sort the files that users may not want, taking up precious space. It will allow users to pull up blurry images or large files, taking up too much space from the free 15GB allotment.”
PC World: Turn Google Photos into Windows backgrounds with this awesome app. “Neither Windows nor Mac offer much in the way of dynamic wallpaper options, and they certainly don’t integrate with Google’s photo service. Thankfully, a program called John’s Background Switcher changes all that.”
Tom’s Guide: Amazon photo storage vs Google Photos. “Amazon Photos and Google Photos are two of the best cloud storage options available, made all the more popular by the fact that many people already have Amazon and Google accounts. In this article, we’ll compare Amazon photo storage vs Google Photos, looking at their features, performance, support, and pricing to determine which is the best cloud storage for photos.”
Lifehacker: Don’t Let Google Scare You Into Paying for Google Photos. “Google Photos is going away soon — or at least, the useful free service we used to store years’ worth of photographs is finally getting hit with a storage limit. Go beyond that, and you’ll have to pay to store your photos. That’s not great, but what’s almost as annoying are the scare tactics Google is using to convince free users to switch over to a paid subscription.”
MakeUseOf: 7 Ways to Free Up Storage Space on Google Photos. “While Google Photos has proudly offered free high-quality photo storage for years, that’s changing in 2021. Beginning June 1, all ‘high-quality’ photos you upload to Google Photos will start to count against your Google account storage. If you relied on the free storage and are now worried about running out of space, you can prepare yourself and avoid paying for more storage by freeing up space in Google Photos. Follow the below tips to free up storage space in Google Photos—as a bonus, you’ll also clean up your photo library while at it.”
PCMag UK: Google Photos Is Killing Free Unlimited Storage: 7 Top Alternatives. “As noted, you still get 15GB of Google storage for free. A Google storage link can show you an estimate of how long your storage will last, based on your upload history. Smartphone photos from my iPhone X and Google Pixel 4 XL average around 700KB each, so 15GB would mean 21,000 photos shot with those devices. If your photos are from a full-frame D-SLR, the image files will be quite a bit larger, in the range of 15MB to 50MB each, so the number of shots that will contribute to 15GB is more like 600—and serious photographers will have far more than that. Here are your best options if you’re using Google Photos.”
Popular Science: Google Photos is better at image editing than you think. “Depending on what device you’re using to access Google Photos, you’ll find some differences in features and overall look—we’ll flag what you can use and where. But rest assured—when it comes to image editing, this platform is more than enough, no matter the operating system.”
Android Police: Here’s how to tell when your Google Photos storage will run out. “It was only a matter of time before Google stopped giving out unlimited photo storage for free. The company announced the change yesterday, and along with the news came a nifty new feature to help give users an estimate about how long their existing storage plan will last.” In my case — I upload photos and videos very sporadically — the tool couldn’t give me an estimate. But I was able to see how much space was taken up specifically by my photos.
9to5 Google: How to export your pictures and videos from Google Photos. “Starting in June of next year, every new photo or video you back up to Google Photos will start counting towards a storage cap. That won’t apply to any of the ‘High Quality’ photos you’ve backed up over the past five years, but it means that, eventually, you’ll need to pay for storage. Google has affordable plans for that, but for some people, charging any price is enough to start searching for alternatives. Admittedly, there are some decent options out there, too!”
CNET: Google Photos to end its unlimited free photo storage. “Google Photos is ending its unlimited free storage policy for photos and videos, Google said in a Wednesday blog post. After June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the free 15GB of storage that comes with every Google account. But don’t worry: Any photos or videos you’ve uploaded before that day won’t be part of the cap.”
Android Police: Google Photos ‘color pop’ feature will remain free, upgraded version in testing for Google One subscribers
Android Police: Google Photos ‘color pop’ feature will remain free, upgraded version in testing for Google One subscribers. “Google told Engadget in a statement that only an upgraded version of color pop will require a Google One subscription, not the existing functionality that is already available.”
Engadget: Google Photos adds paid color pop editing feature. “The next time you dive into Google Photos’ editing suite, you may notice some tools locked behind a paywall. As part of an ongoing rollout, Google is adding a new take on its color pop feature that users can apply to any photo, not just ones that include depth information. The catch is you’ll need to subscribe to Google One before you can tweak your photos with the new color pop.”