Google Photos is undoubtedly the easiest way to store all of your images and videos on the cloud for free. The search giant allows users to store their photos across devices and gives unlimited free high-quality backup. Also Read - Google Pay will not charge transfer fee from Indian users; Google India clarifiesAlso Read - 400 new games coming to Google Stadia cloud gaming platform
With Google Photos, the restrictions on unlimited free photos is that all images are compressed to a 16-megapixel image if the uploaded photo is above that size. Videos, on the other end, are resized to 1080p HD videos if they are higher than that size. Now, Google is adding more restrictions to how users store videos on its photo and video storage platform. Also Read - Google Pay to remove payments on web app, adds fee on instant money transfers
Google has announced that certain video formats won’t be supported by the platform. “Unsupported videos uploaded after December 6, 2018 take up storage space,” Google said in its updated Google Photos support page. In order to free up space, Google Photos will have to manually delete the unsupported formats by selecting them and then tapping on the trash can icon.
The list of video formats supported by Google Photos include – MPEG4 (MP4), MPG, MOD, MMV, TOD, ASF, DIVX, MOV, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, M2T, M2TS, MTS, MKV, AVI, and WMV. The list of video formats not supported anymore include RAW and VOD videos and the reason seems because they are uncompressed. Since most phones don’t allow users to record videos in RAW format, the change should not be a big issue.
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This isn’t the first time that a technology company has backtracked on its unlimited storage option. Flickr recently announced that it will drop unlimited storage option and only support free storage for first 1,000 photos. Microsoft had also initially offered unlimited storage to its paid Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers but later revised it to 1 terabyte since some users backed up entire movie collections on the cloud network.