Google Photos Will no longer be free after June 2021

:small_orange_diamond: Google is ending free, unlimited Photos storage as of June 1, 2021.

:small_orange_diamond: It says the costs of maintaining free service are too high.

:small_orange_diamond: Pixel users can still upload free shots in high quality after June



I feel this was their plan all along. Offer free service at a loss for as long as possible to kill competition, then transition to a paid model after


Wah, if they force everyone to subscribe to Google One they will earn A LOT, hio mia mbili per month for the lowest package seems insignificant but will increase its revenues considerably. King of baiting consumers and eliminating competition, Amazon, might take Google’s place :joy:


I already pay for Onedrive, it will have to be one or the other, not both for me.

Home media server has also been a consideration.

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Hiyo 200 bado ni 2400 per year. Sijui alternative itakua gani.

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I am also at that point where i have to buy more cloud storage - Samsung cloud is shutting down and I have to move a lot of files there. I think I’ll go with OneDrive because of the integration with Samsung and Office.
I can’t believe I’m actually paying for cloud storage. I see the benefits though especially now that I have unlimited internet.

Everyone who pays for Onedrive is sorted.

Already using Proton vpn and proton mail, I might as well store my media with a company built around security and privacy… Proton drive came out a few weeks ago, and the prices are quite good.

(Btw many journalists and activists use proton mail coz you can’t just trust tech silicon valley not to read your stuff)


Unfortunately, many didn’t know about unlimited photos /video storage on Google Drive. :rofl::rofl::rofl:

But read somewhere Google claiming that users upload 14 million GB of data to GDrive daily :thinking::thinking::thinking:

I was hoping Google photos was Google’s way of giving back, because of all the data they collect from us. We’ve helped train those algorithms bana. Kumbe they just wanted to get us hooked. I would rather buy a pixel than pay for cloud storage, sipendi mambo ya kuongeza bills.

Oh no, I think I will go with a home server.

Nextcloud will sort all your problems.

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Zyl is one of the best apps if you are looking for a Google Photos alternative. It’s free and available on every OS.

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How will they market their android one devices? :thinking:

Well, Google is ending its free services gradually or limiting at least. Lets see where this is going to be end.

will they limit how many google accounts you can have?

Did you setup a home server or just subscribed to cloud storage? I am starting to look at family options on some vendors …

All issues aside like privacy and giving up all rights to your media and docs, is it practical to run your own server and still access it reliably from anywhere in the world? e.g offloading your pics/videos while on holiday …Then comes issues like multiple users accessing files while bandwidth speeds in this part of the world + upcoming FUPs are :tired_face:

The maintenance + services you’ll have to trust seem tedious and sketch …

Nextcloud will meet and exceed your needs .
Assuming you have fixed internet .

Get other cloud options if you plan to access files remotely all the time; they are likely to be more optimized for uploads. But Plex and others also allows personal photo and video backups through one’s own servers. But own servers are prone to security loopholes, which means that you really need to be smart to protect anything personal when connected online. Own servers are for stuff like movies etc… in my opinion

I feel like corporations are well equipped to handle security issues, especially considering how personal stuff can be valuable. Paying for Google One or Microsoft’s option seems prudent for such stuff, unless you never use their services for other personal stuff.

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I have reluctantly started paying google 1 for 100gb monthly… Kitu 200 shillings. It is cheap but I feel awful paying a company like Google any money.

I am also paying for office 365, but my 1tb is largely empty. I decided to use 365 after realizing that Linux computing will never be a thing in my life time, I might as well feed the beast and get work done with the latest productivity tools…

I am still on the fence about which of these two to drop. I would drop both If I can get an office solution and cloud service that is not tied to Silicon Valley, I would pay double the money I shell to big tech monthly. Sadly, there is no competition

Edit: Protonmail/vpn/drive is stepping up to the challenge, but taking too long to release important services. Also, they have no office solution. There needs to be more companies like Proton offering various premium services without selling, leasing or sharing our data with 3 letter agencies constantly.