Unlimited storage for original quality photos and videos!
I’m Ronald, a product manager on the Pixel team. We want to make sure our storage offering for photos and videos is super clear for Pixel customers. I’ve seen a few questions about how the unlimited storage feature works on Pixel for photos and videos, so I’m here to clarify a few things:
Unlimited original quality storage - all photos and videos uploaded from the Pixel phone are stored for free at original quality, whether it was taken by the camera, captured in a screenshot, or downloaded from another app. The storage used by these photos and videos will continue to be free even if you stop using the Pixel phone. Any photos and videos that are uploaded from other devices will count against the storage quota of the account if done at original quality and will be free at High Quality (which compresses photos).
Multiple accounts - you are able to upload photos and videos to only one account at a time. You can change accounts at any time. And if you ever decide to stop using your Pixel, those photos taken and uploaded from the Pixel will continue to be stored in your Google Account for free.
Smart Storage - If you use up all your storage in your Pixel, we have a smart storage feature that automatically removes local photos and videos that are older than a specific time (you can adjust the time frame in Settings > Storage > Manage storage). This will only be done for photos and videos that have been backed up.
Hope this helps! Happy uploading!
Thanks so much for posting this. I was wondering if you could clarify a couple of other matters I've seen asked about:
1) If the images are copied from photos to drive (using the "show Google photos fold" option in drive), will the images take space in drive?
2) If photos/albums are shared with friends, and they choose the add to library option, will the photos use their storage? (Or automatically use whatever photo storage option they have set on their account)
Thanks in advance,
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