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You can choose between 2 storage sizes to back up your photos and videos to your Google Photos library.

High quality

  • Unlimited free storage.
  • Regular cameras: Recommended for phones or point-and-shoot cameras that are 16 megapixels (MP) or less.
  • Uses: Good for typical printing and sharing.
  • Size: Saves high-quality photos and videos while reducing size.


  • Limited free storage: Uses storage in your Google Account, regardless of photo or video size.
  • DSLR cameras: Recommended if you take photos with a DSLR camera and want to maintain the exact original quality.
  • Uses: Recommended for printing large banners or to store original files.
  • Size: Stores your photos and videos exactly as you captured them.
  • If you use a Pixel phone, you get free unlimited storage at original quality. You won't be able to back up your photos and videos in high quality. 

Frequently asked questions

What should I choose if I take photos with my phone?

Most phone cameras are less than 16 megapixels (like iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy phones), so most stored photos will essentially look the same if you choose High quality.

Can I print photos that I back up at High quality?

High quality photos can be up to 16 megapixels (MP) in size. You can print good quality 16 MP photos in sizes up to 24 inches x 16 inches, which is larger than typical printing sizes.

Can I change my mind?

You can change this setting any time by going to the Settings page in the Google Photos app or

Changing the setting will affect storage sizes going forward and won't resize items you've already stored.

What if I choose High quality and I back up photos taken with a high-resolution camera?
  • If the camera takes photos with 16 megapixels (MP) resolution or lower, most stored photos will essentially look the same using either storage option.
  • If the camera takes photos with a resolution higher than 16 MP, then photos will be downsized to 16 MP.
What if I choose High quality and I back up a high-resolution video?
  • If the video is 1080p or less, your stored video will look close to the original.
  • If the video is higher than 1080p, then it will be reduced to high-definition 1080p.

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