Choose the upload size of your photos and videos

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

Learn about your backup options

High quality

  • Unlimited free storage.
  • Photos are compressed to save space. If a photo is larger than 16MP, it will be resized to 16MP.
  • You can print good quality 16MP 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.
Oriqinal quality
  • Limited free storage that uses storage in your Google Account. Check your storage here. If you go over this limit, learn how to buy storage.
  • All photos and videos are stored in the same resolution that you took them.
  • Recommended for photos that have more than 16MP and videos with more than 1080p.
  • Recommended for printing large banners

Free unlimited storage for Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 users

  • If you have a Pixel, you get unlimited free storage at Original quality for photos and videos taken and uploaded from your phone. You won’t be able to use “High quality.”
  • If you have the Pixel 2 or Pixel 3, you get unlimited free storage at Original quality for photos and videos taken and uploaded from your phone before your offer period ends. 
    • Pixel 2 offer ends Jan 16, 2021. 
    • Pixel 3 offer ends Jan 31, 2022. 

After an offer period ends, new photos will be uploaded at High quality for free. If you upload new photos at Original quality, it will count against your storage. Photos uploaded before the offer period ends will remain free at Original quality. 

Learn more about backing up on your Pixel phone

Express backup

If you don't see this option, it isn't available for you yet.

  • Faster backup over WiFi and mobile data.
  • Unlimited free storage.
  • Photos may be compressed to use less mobile data. If a photo is larger than 3MP, it will be resized to 3MP.
  • You can print good quality 3MP 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.

Before you get started

Download and install the Google Photos app.

Change your upload size

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top, tap Menu Menu.
  4. Select Settings and then Back up & sync.
  5. Under "Settings," tap Backup mode.
  6. Select High quality or Original quality. 
  7. Tap Select.

​If you cant change your upload size, you might be out of storage.

  • Under Back up at lower resolution, tap Resume Backup.

Learn more about your options when you run out of storage

Note: If you use your Google Photos account on multiple devices, and you change your upload size for one device, it will not affect the backup setting on any other device.

Some users may see more options:

  • You can change your upload size to Express backup.
  • If you change your upload size to a higher quality option, Google Photos will re-upload any existing photos or videos on your device.
  • You can limit backup data usage.

To limit backup data usage:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app .
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings and then Back up & sync.
  3. Under "Settings," tap Cell data usage.
  4. Under "Daily limit for backup" choose how much data Google Photos can use when automatically backing up photos and videos.

 

If you use Backup and sync for Photos, learn how to change the upload size.

Reduce the size of your photos and videos

If you have photos in Original quality and want to save some space, change your already backed-up photos and videos to High quality. This setting will not appear if you don’t have any photos in Original quality.

  1. On a computer, go to photos.google.com/settings.
  2. Click Recover storage. This will not change the quality of your future uploads.

Note: You can only recover storage once a day. 

Photos or videos will not be changed to High quality if you’ve uploaded them using:

  • Google Drive
  • Your Pixel
  • Your Pixel 2 or 3 during your Original quality offer period

But it will change any photos or videos you’ve uploaded on:

  • Blogger
  • Google Maps
  • Google Photos
  • Google+
  • Hangouts
  • Panoramio
  • Picasa Web Albums
  • YouTube Web Channel Art
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