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Google Photos is one of the best services for backing up photos and videos to the cloud. There are a couple of upload quality options you can use to maximize your storage space. We’ll show you how it works.

Starting June 1, 2021, Google Photos no longer offers free unlimited storage. Previously, you could back up photos and videos at “High Quality” and they wouldn’t count toward your storage. Now, everything you upload counts, so you may want to adjust the upload quality.

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The one exception to this is if you use a Google Pixel phone. Those devices still get free unlimited backups with the “Storage Saver”—formerly “High Quality”—upload quality.

Note: Changing the Upload Quality settings will only affect the uploads on the specific device you’re using. If you back up photos and videos to Google Photos from multiple devices, you will have to adjust these settings on each device.

Change Google Photos Backup Quality on iPhone and Android

To get started, open the Google Photos app on your iPhoneiPad, or Android phone or tablet. Tap your profile icon in the top-right corner.

Next, select “Photos Settings” from the menu.

Select "Photos Settings."

Select “Back Up & Sync” at the top of the Settings.

Select "Back Up & Sync" at the top of the Settings.

Now tap “Upload Size.”

Now tap "Upload Size."

You’ll see two options here:

  • Original Quality: Back up with no change to quality, counts towards your account storage.
  • Storage Saver or High Quality: Photos compressed to 16MP, videos compressed to 1080p. Counts towards account storage unless you use a Google Pixel.
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Expand the box to read the details and tap “Select” for the one you want.

Choose one of the quality options.

That’s all there is to it! Now uploads to Google Photos from the device you’re using will be in the quality you selected.

Change Google Photos Backup Quality on Desktop

If you upload photos or videos to Google Photos from your computer, you can adjust the quality settings on the web. First, go to photos.google.com/settings in a browser such as Chrome.

Go to the Photos settings in the browser.

This will take you directly to the Google Photos settings. Sign in if you haven’t already and select one of the Upload Quality options:

  • Original Quality: Back up with no change to quality, counts towards your account storage.
  • Storage Saver or High Quality: Photos compressed to 16MP, videos compressed to 1080p. Counts towards account storage.

Choose one of the upload settings.

That’s it! This is the quality that will be used when uploading from your computer. Use these settings on all your devices to get the most out of your Google account storage. If you need more, you can subscribe to Google One.

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