Unlimited Google Photos storage for Pixel owners is ending in 2020

A still from the promotional video where the disclaimer was displayed

A still from the promotional video where the disclaimer was displayed


Right on the heels of the official Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement, information has surfaced indicating that Google's offer for unlimited Google Photos storage for original quality images and videos that Pixel owners can take advantage of will be ending in 2020.

Google said nothing of this during the unveiling of its 2017 smartphone lineup, but keen-eyed Reddit users have noticed a fine-print disclaimer in one of the promotional videos that Google aired during the event, saying that the service will end in three years.

The disclaimer reads:



The disclaimer can also be found on the official Google Pixel 2 product page (linked below), but it's nowhere to be seen on the original Pixel product page. Unfortunately, it's most likely a matter of time before it's updated with the end-of-life disclaimer as well.

If you want to know more about the differences between unlimited storage for original photos and videos and the so-called "High quality" setting, which compresses your files, check out our Google Photos "High quality" vs "Original" comparison. 

source: Google via Reddit

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15 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I knew it was too good to be true.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering the Pixel came out at the end of 2016. That means you get unlimited storage for that device for 4 years. You want more time, then upgrade to a newer Pixel. Problem solved.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Apple is pathetic for not offering something like that on their 1000$ phone Heck even 100gb would be nice gesture That said, I used iCloud drive for some time and now am subscribing to GPhotos despite its higher price in my country, it's more logical and I decide which photos stay on phone and which don't

5. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

In Apple's defense, icloud pricing isn't overly expensive. Wife is on the 200GB plan and we also have 1TB from Onedrive through my 365 subscription

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly math is not your strong suite. Especially when the Pixels are giving you 4 years of unlimited storage. Apple's iCloud with 200 GB is 3.99 a month. Or $48 a year. So for 4 years that works out to $192 at a maximum of 200 GB of Apple's iCloud storage. If you go over 200 GB, then it goes up to $12.99 a month for 2 TB of iCloud storage, and for 4 years that works out to $624. What defence is that again?

15. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Clearly common sense is not your strong suit. He was talking about when you don’t have pixel phone and have to pay for the storage on Gphotos.

10. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Why would you want your private photos stored on a hard drive on a server somewhere out there where you have no clue who really has access to them? Even if you supposedly delete them, it'll be stored in the cloud forever. Think about it. When you delete a picture from your 'cloud', all you are doing is getting rid of your access to that picture forever. You have no way to confirm it is deleted from their servers. It's out there on the internet for an eternity.

3. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Hah this is how Google screws over people

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Are you people that dumb? Just upgrade to a newer Pixel and you will get more time. It's really that simple. The original Pixel came out at the end of 2016. It's an incentive to upgrade the older Pixels.

12. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

“Incentive”.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Think about it if you want 4 years of 2 TB of iCloud storage, then that works out to $624. If you only want 200 GB of iCloud store for 4 years, then that works out to $192. So yeah I would definitely say it's an incentive, especially when Google's storage is unlimited for those years.

4. sidd1991

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2017

Photos and videos uploaded before 15 Jan 2021 will be Original quality and will stay that way after that too. They wont get compressed or anything. Photos and videos uploaded after, will be High quality. Pixel 3 will probably come with a similar date in 2022. Its just a 3 year Original Quality upload limit on a phone. Most people will have moved to a different phone from the Pixel 2 by Jan 2021. Leave it to phonearena to get stuff wrong.

6. Avieshek unregistered

HEIF is the dilemma.

7. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Local storage is dead, they said... Local storage is so last decade, they said...

11. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Google is the absolute last company I would trust with all my private photos.

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