This Tuesday, Google Photos will end its unlimited storage feature, in favor of just 15GB per user account. After which, users will be charged $2 a month for 100 GB. But users can upload as many photos as they want until Tuesday and it won't count against that cap. So now is the time to take your day off and backup all those images to your Google Photos account before it's too late. Other options ... Amazon Prime Members get free unlimited storage. Shutterfly also offers unlimited storage.
Diane would like to transfer all her Google photos up to another Google account. Leo says that now is the time to do it because Google is about to eliminate unlimited photo storage in favor of a 15GB limit. There is a third-party service called Cloud Transfer or MultCloud that can do it. But Google has TakeOut, which would allow her to download all of them and then upload all of them.
John wants to know if he can display slideshows and control them from his smart TV with his mobile phone. Leo says that he can through the Google Home app. If they are connected on the same network. He can also create slideshows with Google Photos.
Dale uses Google Photos and he's concerned that the change to limited photo backup will affect Apple's sync feature that makes photos available on iPad from the iPhone. Is there an alternative? Leo says that Google's price scheme for additional storage will be very affordable. But if he still wants unlimited free storage, he could try Amazon Prime Photos - it's free to all Prime members. Shutterfly also offers unlimited free storage for originals.
Diane hears that Google Photos is going to end on January 5th. Leo says that's not accurate. Google Photos will be ending their free unlimited photo storage on June 1st. However, until then, you can store unlimited photos that will remain free forever. After that, the 15GB limit will apply to any new photos, music, all your docs, and email. But Google's pay tier is pretty affordable if you need more space.
There are other options like Shutterfly and Amazon Prime.
Ron has a TV that is an "Amazon Edition." Recently, it started showcasing his photos as a screensaver. Leo says it may be showing your photos that are backed up to Amazon Photos. Or maybe even your Google Photos. If you're an Alexa user, it may be a skill that Amazon recently added. Can he opt-out? Leo says you can probably disable it in your TV's menu settings. Or it could be in the Amazon App. It could also be the Roku. There are apps in the Roku that picks up your photos. There's a slideshow setting in Roku that could be enabled.
Frederick wants to create a central location to house all the photos and videos for everyone in the family. Leo says if he wants to be responsible for it all, then Apple Photos can handle it. But everyone may want to keep their own accounts. Google Photos has similar features to Apple Photos, but it's cloud-based. And he can share unlimited free storage up until June 1st. Then each person can upload to a family album from their own account. Then everyone can upload and see the album. It's a great way to do it without having the burden just on the creator.
Brent has photographs in a whole bunch of different locations online and on his computer and wants to get them all together into a central location. He wants to get a desktop computer that can really help him to organize and back it up. Leo says that a good Windows computer is Dell. But really, desktop computers are a commodity. So it almost doesn't really matter what kind of computer to get. Leo would recommend Mac over Windows though, and a new 5K iMac is a good solution for this. Then buy Apple's iCloud storage for the backup. Or Dell and Microsoft One Drive.
Deborah is thinking of buying a thumbdrive called PhotoVault. Leo says that you don't really need them. They are overpriced. It's just a thumdrive with special software. You don't need that when you can go in the Cloud with Google Photos, Amazon Prime Photos, and even iCloud.
Micah wants to talk about Google's decision to eliminate free unlimited storage in June of 2021. Moving forward, your storage will come out of your Google Drive allotment, which is 15GB free. After that, you will have to pay for additional storage. The good news though, is until June 2021, you can continue to upload unlimited, and it won't count against your allotment. But starting June 2021, any additional photos will be subject to the new rules. So users will have to consider whether to keep their photos there and pay for additional storage or move on to another option.