Updated storage policy for Google Photos

As of June 1, 2021, any new photos or videos you back up in High quality (now named Storage saver) or Express quality will count toward your 15 GB of Google Account storage or any additional storage you may have purchased as a Google One member. 

As part of this change, 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.

Once you reach your storage limit, you can either subscribe to Google One (where available) for additional storage, or use Photos' storage management tool to review and delete photos and videos that count toward your storage. Learn how to manage your storage.

If your account is provided through work, school, family, or another group, you may be affected depending on your plan. To find out how your storage works, contact the manager of your account.


  • Any photos or videos you’ve backed up in High quality or Express quality before June 1, 2021 won’t count toward your Google Account storage.
  • Photos and videos backed up in Original quality will continue to count toward your Google Account storage. Learn more about photo and video backup options.
  • Photos backed up in Original quality and then compressed to Storage saver quality (previously named High quality) after June 1, 2021, will count toward your Google Account storage.

Manage your storage

You can use the storage management tool to know how much storage space you have left, clean up storage, and get more storage.

Specifically, you can:

  • Find out how much storage you have left.
  • Estimate how long your storage may last based on how often you back up items to your Google Account.
  • Review items that count toward your storage that you might want to delete, like blurry photos, screenshots, and large videos.
  • Buy more storage with a Google One plan (where available).

An estimate of how long your storage may last may not be available if:

  • You haven't consistently backed up content over the past few months.
  • You're close to your storage limit and we can't provide an accurate timeline estimate.
  • Your account is provided through work, school, family, or another group.
  • You're out of storage.

If you want more storage space for your memories, you can expand your storage through Google One (where available). In the US, plans start at $1.99 per month for 100 GB of storage. Plans include additional member benefits like access to Google experts, exclusive features like advanced photo editing tools, and shared family plans.

Important: If you have a Pixel 5 or earlier, you receive unlimited storage for photos and videos backed up from your device at no charge. Learn more about your storage options.

What happens to my photos if I’m over the limit?

As of June 1, 2021, if you're out of storage or over quota, you won't be able to back up additional photos and videos. If you're over quota for 24 months, your content may be impacted. Learn more about your storage quota. You can always free up storage space through the storage management tool, Google One storage manager, and within the products themselves. Learn how to manage your Google storage space.

Related resources

Was this helpful?
How can we improve it?
Get More Storage.

More storage across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos for you and your family. Access to Google experts. Family sharing option. Expanded storage.

Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu
Search Help Center