What you need to know
- iPhone owners can enjoy unlimited photo storage at full quality with Google Photos.
- Pixel 4 owners are currently left without the benefit.
- A high-efficiency file format that iPhone supports is the cause of the mishap.
A new finding shows that iPhone owners will enjoy unlimited storage of all of their photos at full quality on Google Photos, while Pixel 4 owners are being left without the benefit. Uncovered by Reddit user stephenvsawyer and reported by 9to5Mac, iPhone owners who use the default format for their photos (HEIC/HEIF) will create files that are actually smaller than the JPG files that Google compresses for photos taken with the Pixel.
When Google announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL on at its Made By Google event, it revealed that the phones will not receive unlimited photo storage at original quality like its predecessors. The original Pixel will still retain its lifetime of free full quality backup while the Pixel 2 and 3 are set to lose this benefit in 2021. At that time, those two models will join the Pixel 4 with unlimited storage at "high quality" and full quality will cost owners storage space.
While the Pixel 4 and 4XL currently do not have the option to save in the higher efficiency format, Android 10 does support it, so it could a matter of a software update to bring this much-loved benefit back to Pixel owners.
If you have an iPhone and would like to enjoy this benefit with Google Photos, check to make sure you have the correct photo format set by going to Settings > Camera > Formats and make sure High Efficiency is selected. Keep in mind that this only applies to photos and videos will continue to be saved with Google in 1080p.
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