Learn what to do if you run out of storage

If you back up in Original quality and you run out of storage, your photos will stop backing up. Learn more about what happens when you run out of storage space.


  • If your upload size is set to High quality, you get unlimited free storage. But if it’s set to Original, your backed up photos will count against your Google Photos storage.
  • You get 15 GB of free storage for photos and videos that are stored exactly as you captured them.

To see your options, make sure you have the latest version of the Google Photos app.

Buy more storage

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top, tap Menu Menu.
  4. Select Settings and then Back up & sync.
  5. Tap Buy storage.
  6. Select a storage plan.
  7. Add or select your payment method.
  8. Tap Subscribe.

Note: If you don’t see the option above, you might not be running out of storage or you don’t have any photos in Original quality.

Learn more about buying storage.

Switch to a different upload size

Learn how to change your upload size.

Turn back up off

Learn how to turn off backup and sync.

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