Since the summer of last year, with the birth of the Google One subscription service, Android’s quintessential gallery only has 15 GB of free space. This has caused a huge number of users to not have enough space, so we are going to give you some tips to save memory.
At first glance, the 15 GB figure may seem more than enough, although the size of some photos may be larger than normal due to image quality. This, together with the captures that we receive through messaging applications and those that we download on social networks, makes the free storage of Google Photos practically insignificant. So it is convenient to take into account certain aspects of the app to increase the available space.
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All the ways to save space in Google Photos
The truth is that you have several methods at your disposal to increase the memory available in Google Photos, so there is no reason to be alarmed. Next, we leave you all the ones that you can take advantage of to continue uploading your photos and videos to the cloud without any inconvenience.
Compress Google Photos files
We have already mentioned that there are files of considerable size in your Google Photos gallery. This is because today mobile phones can take photos of up to 200 MP, collecting a large amount of information. Not to mention the recordings at 8K resolution. That is why you can find an option to compress the size within the application itself by following these steps:
Open Google Photos.
Tap on your profile image in the upper right area.
Select “Photo Settings” and inside it “Backup and sync”.
If it is not activated, do it. Once the above is completed, tap on “Uploaded file size” and choose “Storage saving”.
Delete photos that have gone wrong
Surely on more than one occasion you have taken several photos until you have managed to get the ideal one. This is more common than it seems and often fills our gallery with blurry or repeated images. Searching for the ones that are in bad shape can be a headache and that’s why Google Photos does the dirty work for you:
Open the app.
Again, select your profile.
Go back to the “Backup and synchronization” section, under “Photo Settings”.
Click on “Manage storage”.
In the “Review and delete” section, you will have at hand all the blurry photos, as well as those that are very large in size.
The free space of Google Photos is shared
Be careful, because the 15 GB of free space of Google Photos are not exclusive to the gallery. This storage is shared between all Google services, such as Drive or Gmail. In short, uploading files to Google Drive and even receiving emails reduces available memory, so it is ideal to take a look at these two platforms.
An easy alternative is to create a unique email for Drive. In this way, large documents or files will not directly affect the gallery of the big G and you will be able to continue saving your photos and memories in the cloud.
Pay for more storage
If you want to avoid all kinds of complications and have more storage in Google Photos in a jiffy, the easiest option is to buy a Google Pixel, which has the Google One service included, or contract more space directly. Of course, the last option is much cheaper, so we leave you below the available payment plans so that you can decide which one is best for you: