There is nothing you need to do before June 1. The only thing that changes on June 1 is that newly uploaded photos can no longer be completely free. But, I do think you should take advantage of the free option for photos uploaded before June 1. To make sure you are getting the free storage benefit, check these 3 things. It will only take you a minute.
- ✓ Mobile devices are completely backed up to Google Photos.
To check this, all you do is open the Google Photos app on your phone or tablet and tap the account button in the upper right. You’re looking for a message that reads, “Backup Complete.” If instead, it reads something like “Waiting for Wi-Fi, 324 photos to backup” or “Getting ready to back up” or “Backup off” then you need to turn on backup, connect your phone to Wi-Fi and watch to see that your photos are being backed up. Keep checking until you see “Backup Complete.” See video 636
2. ✓ All Photos and videos from your mobile devices are being uploaded in High Quality size.
To check this, open the Google Photos app on your phone or tablet and tap the account button in the upper right, then choose “Photos Settings” and tap on “Back up & Sync.” Towards the bottom of the screen, you’ll see Upload size. That should be set to High Quality, not Original size. This is the setting that allowed photos to take 0 storage space before June 1 and it will still be useful after June 1 since it takes up less storage space.
3. ✓ Google Photos is using 0 storage in your Google Account.
Photos and videos backed up in High Quality are compressed and do not (currently) count toward your Google Account storage allotment. So, if you look at what is taking up storage in your Google Account (one.google.com/storage), you should see Google Photos listed as 0. If you see anything other than 0 there, that means that some photos and videos got uploaded in Original size.
If your Google Photos storage is anything other than 0, you can retroactively compress those old files using the Recover Storage command. Go to the web version of Google Photos at Photos.Google.com and click the settings button. You should see a recover storage button.
If you don’t see a Recover storage button, just click on the High Quality button (or toggle between Original and High Quality) and you will get a dialog box asking if you want to “Switch to High Quality and Compress.” Check the box and Confirm. When it’s done, you should see that Google Photos is now using 0 space of your storage. This could take several hours depending on how many GB you have.
Photos stored on your computer
If you have photos stored on your computer, I hope you already uploaded them to your Google Photos account because this can take some time. If you have photos and videos that still need to be uploaded, you have two choices on how to do it; manual or automatic – watch video 584. For information on the automatic method, see this article.
Everything you need to know
When Google announced this change, back in November 2020, I wrote this article: Google Photos free unlimited storage is ending – here’s everything you need to know