Google Photos will no longer offer free unlimited storage for some video files

Google Photos will no longer offer free unlimited storage for some video files
UPDATE: The original story incorrectly stated that Google Photos would no longer store a user's video files for free, without those counting towards their quota. In actual fact, only unsupported video file formats will take up cloud space, while supported files will not, as long as the user is okay with Google compressing them. The text below has been edited to clarify this. 

Google Photos has quietly been updated so that one of its functions would not work as it did until now. Many of you probably don't know, but Google promised a few years ago that it will allow Google Photos users to upload as many photos and videos as they wish, assuming they were okay with the fact that the service was going to compress all their media files.

But recently, Google added a note on its support site that says unsupported videos uploaded after December 6 will take up storage space. Unsupported files include formats like VOB, used with DVDs, and RAW video – the kind of which a higher-end camera could be able to shoot. The holographic H4V format available on the RED Hydrogen One isn't supported either.

Fortunately, video file formats currently used on nearly all Android smartphones and iPhones are still supported. In other words, you will still be able to shoot as much video as you want with your phone and back it up to Google Photos without that counting towards your space allowance. That is unless you're using the Original Quality option and you're okay with Google compressing your media. As AndroidPolice points out, the list of supported video file formats includes .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv. 

Of course, that doesn't mean that you won't be able to store these unsupported video formats at all on your Google Photos accounts. It's just that they're not part of the free storage deal any longer.

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6 Comments

1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I think the author made a mistake. Here is what it says on Android Police: "That's on the unsupported video page, so your files are likely still free. Google Photos supports almost any video format you can imagine. The full list includes .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv files." Also: "As of December 6th, videos in unsupported formats are no longer included in the free storage deal." It sounds to me that all those files format are supported and will remain free.

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

That's good because I was about to say those list formats are the most prevalent and Google can't be THAT stupid.

6. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

nope, the article is correct. moving forward the only video support will be compressed (not raw) video files such as: MPEG4, AVI, and WMV.

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

This is bad to those who always wants free.

3. nate358

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

Why not post the format that will be allowed unlimited?

4. dswartze

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 01, 2011

According to the Google document linked to in the article: Make sure your video works with Google Photos Your video will play in Google Photos if it's: At least 1 second long. The right file type, like .mp4, .mod, or .mmv. Playable when downloaded to your device. If it can't play, it might be corrupted.

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