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 receive unlimited free storage. But if it’s set to Original, your backed up photos will count against your Google Photos storage.
  • You receive 15 GB of free storage for photos and videos that are stored exactly as you captured them.
  • Unsupported videos uploaded after 24 February 2020 will count against your storage quota.

To see your options, make sure that 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 backup off

Learn how to turn off backup and sync.

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