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Google Photos will no longer offer unlimited storage on certain video formats

Not really a huge deal, but worth noting.

Google photos on a variety of devices
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If you’ve used an Android phone in the last three years, you’re probably pretty familiar with Google Photos. The offer of truly unlimited storage for your precious moments is awesome, even if sometimes Google compresses them a little bit. Still, unlimited storage is unlimited. Until it’s not.

Now, Google is introducing a minor change to the video storage part of Google Photos’ terms. Going forward, unsupported formats like RAW and VOB won’t be treated as unlimited storage anymore.

This change likely won’t affect most users, unless you’ve been using Google Photos to back up your DVD collection to the cloud. I mean, seriously, VOB? If you want to store all your anamorphic DVDs in the cloud, check out Google One‘s storage plans. Or you could store them locally on a NAS, and use Plex to pipe them to wherever you are.

There is still plenty of actual unlimited storage available

Most video formats are still considered as unlimited storage, as long as they’re 1080p and below for resolution. That includes:

.mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv files

You can still upload image RAW files from most major manufacturers cameras, it’s only video formats that have the change.

My google one storage amounts

Screenshot: Joe Rice-Jones/KnowTechie

Google Photos is worth it

I’ve been a Google Photos user since the beginning, with a succession of Google devices. Starting with a Nexus 6P, I’ve also had a Pixel XL and my current Pixel 2. I take a ton of photos/screenshots daily, and thanks to the truly unlimited storage of Google Photos I’ve only racked up 0.11GB in all that time.

That’s crazy compared to the 4.5GB of (mostly) gifs in my Onedrive Photos folder that I started using around the same time.

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