Are you looking for a Google Photos alternative now that Google has ended free unlimited photo storage? Worry not, there are plenty of options available for someone who takes a lot of photos and stores them on the cloud. The photos and videos already on Google Photos will still be available, but anything uploaded after June 1st will count towards the free 15GB storage. Of course, you can sign up for a Google One storage plan and get more space. However, there are a couple of better alternatives that you may want to try.
We’ve listed down the 3 best alternatives for Google Photos. These alternatives also offer paid storage plans, but can deliver additional features.
iCloud or Apple One
For Apple users, iCloud is a good alternative to storing photos on Google Photos. While iCloud does only provide 5GB of free storage when you sign up, you can get more by opting for a storage plans. With an iCloud account, all your photos on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac can be automatically stored on the cloud in full resolution. Google Photos doesn’t provide full resolution storage on the cloud, which is why iCloud could be a better option. You can get up to 2TB of paid storage on iCloud to store all your photos and videos.
The photos stored on your iPhone will be high-resolution, which should help you save space on device. Apple’s iCloud does lack a decent web interface though, and doesn’t offer search or edit options. However, if you want to switch from Google Photos, then iCloud is something you should definitely consider. You may also want to upgrade to an Apple One subscription, which is cheaper, and includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade as well as extra storage.
Photographers, professionals, or someone who likes to store full resolution photos on the cloud, could also try out Flickr Pro. Unlike iCloud and Google Photos, which offer limited storage, Flickr Pro provides unlimited storage. You can upload unlimited full resolution images to the service, without any resolution cap. All this for a price that’s cheaper than Google Photos or iCloud.
Flickr Pro also includes galleries, commenting, discounts on software/tools, groups, and comes with two months free Adobe Create Cloud Photography plan. If you’re someone who takes a lot of photos, then you may want to try out Flickr Pro’s unlimited storage plan. You can choose to pay month, annually, or every 3 months.
Another excellent alternative to Google Photos is Amazon Photos, a service that’s available for Prime members. If you’re a Prime member, then you get access to a bunch of services, including Amazon Photos. Once again, you get unlimited storage with this service, but it’s surely more expensive than the others. You do get 2-day free delivery on products, discounts, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Music, and more, which makes up for the price.
Another thing to note here is that the service provides free unlimited photo storage, but video uploads are capped at 5GB. You can upload full resolution photos, which is nice. Non-prime members will get only 5GB of total photos and video storage. Therefore, this is only really beneficial if you’re an existing Amazon Prime user.
It’s always a good idea to backup your photos and videos to the cloud. While Google Photos no longer offers free unlimited storage, there are plenty of alternatives that offer something better. Services such as Amazon Photos and Flickr Pro provide unlimited storage with additional benefits. At the end of the day, choose whichever suits your needs best.