Goodbye, Google! – How to switch to Google Photos

Mobile photography lovers have been hit hard, as we will no longer be able to store an unlimited amount of our photos on Google Photos from June 1st. We present the best alternatives.

Google is a great master of free services: Gmail, Google Apps, Google Drive, and a host of other devices can be used for no financial consideration, provided we endure a few restrictions and make our personal information available to the company. Such free solutions included Google Photos, which the android world uses almost unanimously to store its photos. This is understandable since the client is pre-installed on most Android phones, and if we use a Google account, our photos will be uploaded to it automatically. Until now, moreover, the service has been considered truly free, as it has offered unlimited storage space for anyone who has agreed to store their photos at a resolution of up to 16 megapixels and videos in 1080p. The resizing was done automatically, we didn’t have to do anything, no wonder it was used a lot.

However, this good world is over, as from June 1, uploaded images and movies will consume 15GB of storage on Google Drive along with other files.

It’s important that photos that are already in the cloud stay in place, and their space consumption counts as “zero,” so you don’t have to worry about Drive’s sudden free capacity dropping to 0 in early summer. Of course, 15GB can hold quite a few images, so some may not even notice the change.

But suppose you love to take pictures and delete less. What can you do if you feel this new limitation makes mobile photography impossible for you?

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Let’s start with the easiest way to list alternatives: you can still stay with Google. While it’s hard to bear if a previously free service is suddenly made payable, Google is actually willing to expand Drive’s capacity at an affordable price. THE Google One service For example, you get 100 GB for $ 690 per month (or $ 6,900 per year) and $ 200 for $ 1,090. In addition to the extra storage, there are extra services here (the storage can be shared with family members, for example), but the point is that the whole switch is extremely convenient, as everything works as before, only 100 GB (or more) GB instead of just 15 GB. storage space for your photos and videos.

You are sure to get the most convenient solution for 690 forints a month, but what other options are there? Of course, you can also turn off auto-upload in Google Photos: open the app, tap your avatar in the top right corner, then tap Backup and sync in the Google Photos settings menu. Turn off this feature here, and you’re done, photos won’t go up in the cloud from now on. Of course, this isn’t ideal from a security point of view, so we recommend that you back it up to your PC at regular intervals – it’s worth doing just because your phone’s storage isn’t endless.

This backup can be done using “Stone Age” methods, i.e. cable, but you can use, for example, MyPhoneExplorer, whose Android client you can find in the Play Store, main software and on the website. The program works very simply: if your phone and PC are on the same network, your PC and Android client will communicate with each other, and from the former you will have access to photos stored on your phone – as well as contacts, SMS, appointment log and a series of other function.

If all that matters is syncing photos, you can use open source and free instead of MyPhoneExplorer. SyncThinget. Start this on the official website: download the appropriate software for your PC from here (for Windows, you may also want to get a version called SyncTrayzor, which adds a taskbar-compliant dashboard to SyncThing). You can find the android version called SyncThing in the Play Store.

You can start the setting on a PC: after changing the language to Hungarian in the menu bar, select the directory where you want to see your pictures by clicking the Add Folder button in the program window. If you have it, click on it and select the Edit button at the bottom. In the new window, go to the Advanced tab and set the Folder Type to receive only so that only data will be transferred from the phone to the PC. Finally, press the Save button. You are now back in the main window, where you can select Actions / Show ID in the menu bar – a QR code will appear on the screen.

Now you can connect your phone: open SyncThing on your mobile and give it the permissions to manage storage. Here, the Camera folder is already selected by default, but if you want to include additional directories in the synchronization, you can do so with the + button in the upper right corner. Then go to the Tools tab and press the + button there, then below the QR code icon, use the camera to scan the code on the PC screen. Give it a name (for example, it might be PC), save it, and wait a while while the computer also displays a message that your phone is trying to connect. Enable this (and give it a name), then click on the Folder created for the photos and attach the phone in the Edit / Share window. The photos on your mobile are then automatically transferred to your PC as soon as the two devices are on a network.

Alternative clouds

If storing photos in the cloud is nice, but you didn’t like Google’s $ 690 offer, you can of course find alternatives, but don’t expect a completely free, unlimited solution – only Amazon offers it, but the latter only in addition to the Prime subscription , which costs $ 13 a month.

As for the other cloud providers, let’s take a look at the best-known ones in Hungary for the first time: anyone who uses Windows 10 and has a Microsoft account has OneDrive.

It’s only 5 GB for free, but you can expand it – 100 GB costs $ 540 per month, for example, so it’s slightly cheaper than Google’s. The situation is different if you are a student or teacher and you can use the educational version of Office 365, which offers 1 TB of online storage for free anyway.

In addition to OneDrive, many people also like Dropboxot, which can also be used to sync photos. The free version offers 2GB of storage, the next level is Dropbox Plus, whose 2TB virtual drive is available for € 10 a month. Unfortunately, there is no minor grade here; if you don’t have a lot of pictures, you may not want to choose this instead of Google.

Perhaps the lesser-known service provider in Hungary is iDrive, although its offer is currently quite good: with a 90 percent discount via the link, it now (seems like a permanent promotion) costs $ 7 a year, ie about 2,100 forints. 5 TB of storage. This great price is only valid for the first year and then jumps to $ 70 a year, but even so, it’s not a bad buy, especially considering the files are stored encrypted. If the latter is an important consideration, it may be even better to pDrive: here you can buy 500 GB for € 48 a year or 2 TB for € 96.

And the security is complete, as the service provider also offers end-to-end encryption in exchange for an extra amount.

Finally, we have to mention Flickr, which was made specifically for photographers. The free package allows you to store thousands of images, the unlimited reported by the Pro package costs € 7.49 per month or € 66 per year. Flickr (and with it Pro) isn’t primarily a storage space, it’s a photo sharing service, so it’s worth spending on it if your goal is more than just storing your photos.

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