Choose the upload size of your photos & videos

You can change the backup quality of your photos and videos to fit your preferences, or to clean up your storage space.

Important:

  • Each Google Account comes with 15 GB of storage.
  • You can back up as much as 15 GB each day.

You can get more storage with a Google One plan (where available). Learn more about buying storage.

Learn about your backup options

Storage saver (previously named High quality)

Photos and videos are stored at a slightly reduced quality.

We renamed our High quality storage tier to Storage saver. While we’ve updated the name, your photos and videos will continue to be stored at the same quality.

  • Photos and videos backed up in Storage saver quality count toward your Google Account storage. 
  • Photos are compressed to save space. If a photo is larger than 16 MP, it will be resized to 16 MP.
  • You can print good quality 16 MP photos in sizes up to 24 inches x 16 inches.
  • Videos higher than 1080p will be resized to high-definition 1080p. A video with 1080p or less will look close to the original. Some information, like closed captions, might be lost.
  • In some circumstances, certain photos and videos may not be able to be compressed and will be stored at their original file size.
Important: Any photos or videos you’ve backed up in High quality before June 1, 2021 won't count toward your Google Account storage.
Original quality

Photos and videos are stored in the same resolution that you took them with no change to their quality.

  • Photos and videos backed up in Original quality count toward your Google Account storage.
  • Recommended for photos that have more than 16 MP and videos with more than 1080p.
  • Recommended for printing large banners.
Express
If you don't see this option in your backup settings, it isn't available in your region.

Faster backup over WiFi and mobile data.

  • Photos and videos backed up in Express quality count toward your Google Account storage.
  • Photos may be compressed to use less mobile data. If a photo is larger than 3 MP, it will be resized to 3 MP.
  • You can print good quality 3 MP photos in sizes up to 6 inches x 8 inches.
  • Videos higher than 480p will be resized to standard definition 480p. A video with 480p or less will look close to the original. Some information, like closed captions, might be lost.
  • In some circumstances, certain photos and videos may not be compressed and will be stored at their original file size.
Important: Any photos or videos you’ve backed up in Express quality before June 1, 2021 won't count toward your Google Account storage

Reduce the size of your photos & videos

If you have photos in Original quality and want to save some storage space, change your already backed-up photos and videos to Storage saver quality (previously named High quality). This setting won't appear if you have unlimited storage for Google Photos.

Important:

  • You can only recover storage once a day. Storage recovery won’t change the quality of your future uploads. 
  • In some circumstances, certain photos and videos may not be able to be compressed and will be stored at their original file size.
  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. At the top, click Settings  and then Manage storage.
  3. Under “Recover storage,” click Convert existing photos & videos to Storage saver.

Change your upload size

  1. On your computer, open photos.google.com/settings.
  2. Select an upload size.

To limit backup data usage

  1. On your computer, open photos.google.com/settings.
  2. At the top right, click your account profile photo or initial.
  3. Select Photos settings Settings and then Back up & sync.
  4. Turn off cellular data to back up photos and videos. 
  5. Under "Daily limit for backup" choose how much data Google Photos can use when automatically backing up photos and videos.

Photos or videos won't be changed to Storage saver quality if you’ve backed them up with:

  • Your Pixel (1st generation)
  • Your Pixel 2 or 3 during your Original quality offer period

Photos or videos you’ve backed up on Google Photos will be updated to Storage saver quality.

Important: If your Google Photos account becomes inactive for over 2 years or you are over your storage limit, your content may be impacted. Learn more about this.
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