Free up your cloud storage with a new Google Photos option

Yesterday I talked about how you can now free up space on your phone via the latest Google Photos update. But what if you want to free up space in the cloud?

Now you can visit and click “Recover Storage” (screenshot below) in order to convert images & videos that you uploaded at original resolution to High Quality. This means that:

  • Images will be stored at 16 megapixels (or at original dimensions if those are smaller)
  • Videos will be stored at 1080p (or at original dimensions if those are smaller)
  • The compression applied is visually negligible (as tested by PetaPixel)
  • These photos & videos won’t count at all towards your cloud storage quota

Happy shooting (and storing)!


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