Google Photos free unlimited storage ends: how to download all Google Photos images and videos

Google Photos free storage quota ends on 1st June and here are the ways you can download all Google photos and videos.

Google Photos news: Google Photos has so far allowed you to store photos and videos on your smartphone without any extra cost under the unlimited High Quality storage policy. Starting today, Google is changing its terms of photo storage for every user. Users storing new photos and videos on the app from today will have to use their available quota of 15GB to keep them. And if they run out of space, they will either have to look at other services or pay to increase data storage on Google Drive. Existing High Quality images will be exempt from this new change Google offers 15GB of free storage to every account user, which is counted across Drive, Photos, Gmail, and more. Here’s a quick look at Google One storage plans that include a quota for photos as well and how to download all photos from Google Photos and store it on your device.

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Google One storage plans, prices in India

Google Drive or One offers varied storage plans, monthly, and yearly for users in India and other countries. You can get these plans by paying a minimal amount every month or sign up for long-term plans. While you get 15GB of free storage with every Google account, you can bump up space, depending on your budget and requirement.

PriceStorage

Rs 130/ month or Rs 1,300/ year

100GB

Rs 210/ month or Rs 2,100/ year

200GB

Rs 650/ month or Rs 6,500/ year

2TB


All the paid Google Drive monthly and yearly plans come with other features like access to Google experts, the option to add family members to the storage quota, and other member benefits.

How to change Google Drive/ One plan for your account

  • Go to one.google.com/about/plans
  • Sign in with your Google ID
  • Select from the listed Google Drive plans
  • Click on the amount, make payment
  • Get cloud storage added to your Google account

How to download all photos from Google Photos

You can download all photos and videos from Google photos across devices, including PC, Android mobile phone, iPhone, and mac. You can also transfer the photos to other services like Dropbox and save them on your PC, or a hard disk as well.

How to download all Google Photos images and vidoes

Most of you might not be aware, but Google gives you the option to download (or backup) photos and videos from Google Photos and export it to another service. This can be done using a tool called Google Takeout. How does this work?

Google Photos download
  • Fire up your browser and visit Google Photos
  • Sign-in and choose Settings (gear icon) on Google Photos
  • Scroll down to ‘Export your data’
  • Select the backup option from the drop-down menu next to ‘Backup an archive of your data. Alternatively, you can visit the “takeout.google.com website –> Deselect all –> and look for Google Photos
  • Select all photo files, videos, albums, and click on ‘Next’
  • Select Frequency as Export once or Every 2 months for a year
  • Click on File type and file size before creating an export file
  • Hit ‘Create Export’

Google Photos will take some time (possibly hours, depending on the file size) to create a copy of files from Google Photos. When that is done an email will be sent to your registered ID, with the ‘Download your files’ button. Click on it to download all your Google photos and videos. The button will be valid for at least seven days from the day the email was sent.

How to download Google Photos images and videos on mobile phones

Use the app if you want to download individual or selected Google Photos on mobile phones instead of all. The Google Photos app lets you download photos and videos and store them locally on your mobile phone. Here are the steps on how to save photos from Google Photos on Android mobile phone and iPhone:

  • Go to the Google Photos app
  • Tap on the photo that you wish to download
  • Click on the three-dot menu on the top-right
  • If the photo is not available in the phone’s storage, you’ll see the ‘Download’ button
  • Tap on it to get the photo on your device
  • You can also select multiple photos on Google Photos –> click on create a link –> send it to your email ID to download them all at once
You can also share the link with other contacts using WhatsApp, Signal and more.

How to download images and videos from Google Photos on PC

  • Go to www.photos.google.com
  • Sign in with your Google ID
  • Click on a single photo, and then tap on the tick mark to select multiple photos
  • Click on the three-dot menu on the top-right
  • Select Download (Shift+D) to get all the photos compressed in .Zip file on your PC

    FAQs

    What other services to store photos apart from Google photos?

    With the free storage quota ending this month, people can look at other services that offer storage. Here are some of the alternatives you can try:

    Dropbox – Dropbox is another tried-and-tested platform for storage. The service even gives you a 2GB free storage quota to a single user with its basic plan. But if you need more, the only option is to pay for its premium plans that add to your storage space.

    Microsoft OneDrive – OneDrive from Microsoft is better with its basic plan, offering 5GB free storage to its users. If you need more, sign up for its paid plans that start from Rs 140 for 100GB.

    How to use Google Photos backup and sync for photos

    Before you get to downloading the photos from Google Photos and saving them on other services, make sure you backup and sync all the photos that you need. Because, without doing it, you might lose all the important photos you need. Here’s how it works

    • Go to the Google Photos app on mobile
    • Go to the Library section from the bottom-right
    • Click on any folder
    • Select Back up & sync to save the photos
    • Do this for all the photos stored on the phone

    Using these methods you have the chance to save all the photos from Google Photos before 1st June when the new photo storage restrictions come into effect for users across the globe.

    How to check Google Photos storage

    On the Google Photos webpage, you’ll see the storage information on the left pane. Google Photos app users can tap on the photo icon in the top right corner, select the ‘Manage your Google Account’ option and scroll down to ‘Account Storage’ to check the available storage.