The Pixel 4 doesn't come with free, unlimited full-res Google Photos storage

The Pixel 4 doesn't come with free, unlimited full-res Google Photos storage
The original Google Pixel shipped with just 32GB of storage while the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 stuck to 64GB. Google justified these decisions at the time by offering free, unlimited full-resolution Google Photos storage but now the company has had a change of heart.

Despite sticking to just 64GB of internal storage like previous-generation models, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL no longer include free, unlimited full-resolution Google Photos storage. Instead, users will have to settle for the high-resolution tier that absolutely anybody can access for free regardless of their smartphone. This means that if you try to upload a 4K video to Google Photos it’ll count towards your Google Drive storage. 

To compensate a little, Google is offering a three-month trial of Google one with 100GB of storage on the Pixel 4 although this doesn’t really feel like a fair trade-off. After all, once the offer has expired users of the flagships will be forced to pay $2 a month to continue with the plan and may eventually have to pay even more if the 100GB of storage is used up.

Google Pixel 3 buyers, on the other hand, will be able to continue uploading full-resolution photos and video to Google Photos until January 31, 2020, by which time they’ll most likely have exceeded the 100GB limit of the basic Google One subscription.

Related phones

Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh



1. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

Still confused by 64GB storage on a flagship that is known for its camera prowess

16. rsiders

Posts: 1988; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It's Google so it's

2. s_boy

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

This makes the maximum of 128GB with no external storage even more of a joke. As a serious multimedia and photographic device this is unacceptable.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you want more local storage, then you can always buy one of those tiny USB-C flash drives, and plug it into the Pixels USB-C port. Especially since it supports USB 3.1 data transfer speeds.

11. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

What a poor excuse for a cheap decision by Google! A brand like OnePlus is offering 256GB UFS 3.0 storage in it's $470 OnePlus 7. Also as per your suggestion a person should be carrying around a usb flash drive attached to the phone 24*7 just because google failed to provide enough storage?

17. Mrmark

Posts: 407; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Wow how come nobody is talking about this as a solution. Someone needs to make a case that easily fits around this solution for more storage

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

So....not only is Google launching the base models of the Pixel 4/4XL with only 64 gigs of built in storage and no external expansion for such a low amount of storage, they are now further limiting a camera centric phone by not having unlimited full resolution photo storage. Totally unacceptable Google. It’s like they are actively trying to fail.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look above, you can get a tiny USB-C flash drive.

10. wabajak13

Posts: 57; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

You're joking right? You seriously think this is a solution to the embarrassing amount of storage they're offering?

13. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Unfortunately I have to agree. I don't think this is a good move by Google. Even the Nokia 7.2 has upgraded storage AND micro SD card slot. I don't understand why Google decided to go this route. Oh well. I'm holding out for the Pixel 4A.

8. Techno4

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 31, 2019

They're copying the apple business model, how hard is it for us to see? Gestures after apple went that way, face unlock only dropping the finger print sensor like apple did now forcing you to buy storage and not giving it to you unlimited any more, it's all about the money. It is what it is just vote with your wallet.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

At least Apple is providing 256 and 512GB options. You don't even get that with Google.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

They seem to be trying to out- Apple Apple. Doesn't seem like a good strategy to me..

14. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

*Not having unlimited full resolution photo storage for free. But you're still getting unlimited good quality compressed storage for free, OR you can pay for uncompressed. I mean, the cloud isn't free, guys. It's not actually a cloud. But I agree with the available storage options. Should have at least 128GB.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Verizon is not selling the 4xl in Orange color. That’s f**ked up!

5. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Pass - but I knew it was a pass 28 leaked stories ago when weak specs started to surface. Huwaei, Xiaomi, Oppo make USA available phones look like pathetic little cheap toys.

15. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

While I disagree with what Google is doing here, let's not be too hasty here. Huawei, Xiaomi, and others aren't always the best choice especially Huawei given current circumstances.

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