It’s been a decade when Google started free storage later called as Google Drive with the launch of most popular email service gmail.com, whenever any user open an account on Google it starts with 15 GB of free storage that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. When user upgrade to Google One, his/her total storage increases to 100 GB or more depending on what plan he/she selects.
Recently Google announces new policy for the storage service also known as Google Drive which includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jam board files which will get in effect by June 1, 2021, as pernews letter sent to the users :
As per Google news letter
- If a user is inactive for 2 years or 24 months in Gmail, Google Drive or Photos, they may delete the content in the product(s) in which he or she is inactive. Google One members who are within their storage quota and in good-standing will not be impacted by this new inactive policy.
- If a user exceeds his or her storage limit for 2 years, Google may delete his or her content across Gmail, Drive and Photos.
How Google storage policy will impact users:
As per Google communication to the user community across the globe:
- You won’t be impacted by these changes unless you’ve been inactive or over your storage limit for 2 years. As this policy goes into effect June 1, 2021, the earliest it would be enforced is June 1, 2023.
- After June 1, 2021, if you are either inactive or over your storage limit, we will send you email reminders and notifications in advance and prior to deleting any content.
- Even if you are either inactive or over your storage limit for one or more of these services and content is deleted, you will still be able to sign in.
- Note: The inactivity and over quota storage policies will apply only to consumer users of Google services. Google Workspace, G Suite for Education and G Suite for Nonprofits policies are not changing at this time and admin should look to the Admin Help center for storage policies related to their subscriptions.
According to Google’s support, when you are uploading photos at high resolution, they are compressed to save space. Photos larger than 16 MP (mega pixel) in size get resized to 16 MP. All the videos more than 1080p resolution are also resized to high-definition 1080p. In the express resolution, the photos are at a maximum of 3 MP, and videos are at 480p resolution.
Users who were uploading photos and videos at original resolution, meaning there was no compression of the photos or videos, will not be affected by the change at all. That’s because if user uploaded photos or videos at original resolution, Google did count these against the online storage available in your account.
Why Google making storage policies change?
Google itself explained in a blog post that “people are uploading more content than ever before—in fact, more than 4.3 million GB are added across Gmail, Drive, and Photos every day.” The company says it needs to make these changes to keep pace with the growing demand. Furthermore Google’s decision will likely push users who were on the fence to make payments for using its cloud service, especially those who have now become dependent on Google Photos for uploading and storing their phone’s photo gallery. The company is offering paid options for an extra storage under the Google One program. In India, this offering starts at 200GB for Rs 210 per month, 2TB for Rs 650 per month or Rs 6500 per year, 10TB at Rs 3,250 per month and 20TB at Rs 6,500 per month