Manage your storage

If you run out of storage, your photos and videos will stop backing up.


  • As of June 1, 2021, any new photos or videos you back up in Storage saver quality (previously named High quality) or Express quality will count toward your Google Account storage.
  • 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.
  • You can back up as much as 15 GB each day.

Use Photos' storage management tool

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.

Check your storage

  1. Open the storage management tool.
  2. At the top, you’ll find an estimate of how long it will take to fill your storage.

Clean up storage

  1. Open the storage management tool.
  2. Under "Review and delete," click any category.
  3. Select the items you want to delete.
  4. Click Move to trash Delete.
Tip: Uploads can be slower and use more storage if you back up to both Google Photos and Google Drive. Unless you need a second copy in Drive, we recommend you back up photos and videos to Google Photos.

Buy more storage

  1. On your computer, open
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top, click Settings.
  4. Under your upload size options, click Buy storage.
  5. Select a storage plan.
  6. Add or select your payment method.
  7. Click Subscribe.

Tip: 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 off backup

Learn how to turn off Back up & sync.

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