Google Photos no longer suits you or you do not appreciate the disappearance of free unlimited storage announced for June 2021? So it’s time to think about an alternative to store your photos and videos in the cloud in a secure and convenient way. Discover our suggestions for replacing Google Photos.
Google Photos will soon become more limited than it is today. The Mountain View firm wants limit free storage to encourage users to switch to a paid plan. Many users will therefore seek to replace Google Photos with another solution. We offer a selection of alternative platforms that allow you to store in the cloud and therefore access your photos from anywhere.
Why replace Google Photos?
Before going any further, a little contextualization is necessary. Google announced on November 11, 2020 a major policy change with respect to storage on Google Photos, the application for automatically saving photos to the cloud for devices in the Android ecosystem. Until now, each Google account was entitled to 15 GB of free storage distributed among all services: Gmail, Drive, Photos. But the pictures that were not taken in too high quality were not counted against this quota. The user also had the option of allowing Google Photos to compress photos that were too heavy so that they would become less bulky and also not be included in the famous 15 GB quota. In other words, it was possible under certain conditions (for the majority of users) to keep an unlimited number of photos on Google Photos.
But we have therefore learned that from now on, the photos stored, even in inferior or compressed quality, will be taken into account in the 15 GB quota. Suffice to say that users who are used to taking photos and videos regularly go very quickly reach the limit of 15 GB of free storage.
This is from June 1, 2021 that the content stored on Google Photos will be deducted from the storage space of your Google account. The photos taken before will be kept without impacting the available storage space. But now is the time to think about the solution that suits you to overcome this problem that comes before you: continue with Google Photos and pay a Google One subscription to benefit from additional storage, or switch to another. service to keep your photos in the cloud.
And why not switch from one GAFAM to another? By the way it works, Amazon Photos is arguably one of the platforms that comes closest to Google Photos. Strictly speaking, it is not free since you have to pay a subscription to Amazon Prime (5.99 euros per month or 49 euros per year). But if you are already a subscriber, then you benefit from storing your photos in the cloud unlimited. Amazon Prime also including Free Express Shipping, Amazon Prime Video, Prime Gaming (Twitch) and many other benefits, this offer clearly becomes profitable.
One of the advantages of Amazon Photos is that you can store your photos in original quality. Synchronization is automatic and it is possible to search for photos using keywords, although this functionality is not as developed as on Google Photos, which is unrivaled in this area. Up to six family members can use the same account, so you don’t have to pay a subscription for each person.
Among the minuses of Amazon Photos, the non-support for videos. These should be stored in Amazon Drive, like all other types of files. And here, not unlimited, the storage is only 5 GB, you have to pay to get more space. Finally, terminating your Amazon Prime subscription results in the loss of access to your photos.
We are moving to another cloud giant in the person of Microsoft and its service OneDrive. As for Amazon Photos, it is mainly because of its economic model a good solution for users who already use the ecosystem of the Redmond firm. Indeed, if the first 5 GB are free, it is then necessary to go to the cash register (2 euros per month for 100 GB).
But switching to OneDrive to replace Google Photos is especially relevant if you are already a Microsoft 365 Home or Personal customer since you then benefit at no additional cost from the premium features of OneDrive, with 1TB of storage for Microsoft 365 Personal and 1TB of storage per person (up to 6 members) for Microsoft 365 Home.
Otherwise, OneDrive offers automatic syncing of photos via the cloud and the snapshots are tagged automatically by the system to categorize them and find them more easily.
iCloud is Apple’s online storage solution. The platform is really well thought out and user-friendly, but we must admit that iCloud Photos is not at the level of Google Photos in terms of the possibilities left to the user for the search for pictures, an increasingly important function. as we take an ever higher volume of shots.
If Apple is known to sell its hardware products very expensive, the Apple brand is more attractive on services. If only 5 GB of free storage is available, then the prices are very fair: 0.99 euro per month for 50 GB, 2.99 euros per month for 200 GB and 9.99 euros for 2 TB. ICloud is financially a good solution if your storage needs are between 15 GB and 50 GB. Below or beyond, you might as well stay on Google Photos .
If you are an Apple Music, Apple TV + and Apple Arcade user, don’t forget that an Apple One bundle at 14.95 euros per month includes these three services as well as 50 GB of iCloud storage.
After reviewing the solutions of the tech giants, let’s take a closer look at what we have to offer Dropbox, a platform that has become known for its cloud storage service, which is its specialty. With the mobile application, you can activate the automatic synchronization of photos taken with your smartphone so that they are uploaded to the cloud, and thus access them from any device.
With only 2 GB of free storage and plans at higher prices than the competition, Dropbox is above all a recommended alternative for professionals with its advanced productivity features and enhanced security. Most individuals will prefer another service, but if you already use Dropbox for your work (freelance or business), know that it can also replace Google Photos for more personal use. Note, however, that the free version of Dropbox is limited to 3 devices.
Dropbox subscriptions include Dropbox Passwords, which provides secure storage of passwords and syncs them across all devices. For individuals, the most affordable plan is 9.99 euros per month (annual payment) for 2 TB of storage.
Impossible not to think about Flickr when we talk about online photo storage. The platform is not only interesting for sharing photos, but also for managing and storing your library. The storage and labeling options allow you to create a personalized space, but we can regret the absence of the best features a la Google Photos in terms of automatic creation of albums and tags.
Very interesting for small budgets and heavy users of their mobile camera some time ago with its terabyte of cloud storage offered, Flickr is now content to authorize a number of 1000 photos on an account without paying. You must then switch to Flickr Pro to get unlimited storage. This is therefore a good solution for photo professionals who will have a lot of heavy shots to store while other platforms often stop at 2 TB.
The price of Flickr Pro? 7.49 euros per month or the equivalent of 5.49 euros monthly in the event of annual payment.
Media centers: Plex, Kodi …
Another alternative is to use media center software, such as Plex or Kodi. It will of course take a lot more effort on your part to configure everything properly, but you will have at your disposal a homemade and independent solution. Two schools then clash: local storage on a NAS or in the cloud if your media center offers such a feature. Reserved for advanced users.
If you stop using Google Photos to switch services, then you might want to grab your photo and video files from the platform to save them elsewhere. To do this, go to Google Takeout, a tool to retrieve all the data and content that the Mountain View firm has on us.
Once you are on Google Takeout, click on “Deselect all” because by default absolutely everything is checked, which is not the point here. Scroll down until you reach Google Photos, check the box next to it and scroll all the way down to click on “Next step”.
Select the export settings that suit you:
- Send mode : download link sent by email or direct addition to another storage service (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and Box are available).
- Frequency : export once or every two months for a year.
- The file type: ZIP or TGZ (choose ZIP if you are not familiar with TGZ).
- File size: between 1 and 50 GB, depending on your preferences. Rather several small files or a large one?
You can then validate with the button “Create an export” and follow the progress of this one. The time limit will vary depending on the size of your photo and video library, don’t be surprised if it takes a long time.
Google Photos with Google One
Convinced of any of the alternatives we offer? So we will probably have to resolve to stay on Google Photos and proceed to checkout. To unlock additional storage for hosting your photos in the cloud, you should take out a Google One subscription, the prices of which are as follows:
- 100 GB: 1.99 euros per month or 19.99 euros per year
- 200 GB: 2.99 euros per month or 29.99 euros per year
- 2 TB: 9.99 euros per month or 99.99 euros per year
For each of these plans, it is possible to add up to five family members so that everyone can enjoy more cloud storage space.