Many people have used the Google Photos service which offered free, unlimited photo uploads until now. But as of today, that’s it the offer is over and you only need to manage it at the allotted free quota of 15 GB, which will also include your Gmail data and other files. In such a case, it is obvious that your Photos storage will fill up faster and Google will ask you to purchase its Google One storage plans. If you don’t want to opt for this, here are some Google Photos alternatives that also offer free storage for your memories.
Google Photos Alternative
All other cloud services that offer storage plans are also not completely free. But you can create a free account on them and use some of their free storage to backup your photos online. Here are the top 5 of such alternatives!
1. Amazon photos
Amazon photo offers unlimited photo storage for Prime members and non-Prime users get 5 GB of free storage for photos and videos. You probably know that membership in Amazon Prime starts at Rs. 999 per year, but of note, you will also get many other benefits. As a reminder, membership in Prime includes Prime Video, free shipping, Amazon Music, and more.
Note: Get unlimited photo storage with the Prime plan, but only 5 GB for videos.
- Automatically save photos for backup on your phone and thus free up space.
- The service backs up your photos and videos securely with Amazon Web Services.
- You can easily share photos and album via SMS, email, and other apps.
- Also, you can access your photos on Fire TV, computer, or on the Echo Show. Early adopters can also search for pictures with keywords such as location.
Plan Costs: Amazon Photos includes membership in Amazon Prime. If a non-first time user wants to use only the photo service, it costs $ 1.99 (about Rs 150) per month for 100 GB.
2. Microsoft One Drive
Microsoft OneDrive it is probably the best alternative to Google Photos because of its services. OneDrive offers free storage up to 5 GB. But its plans are more useful in terms of unit plans, Microsoft gives users access to a multitude of its other services.
- You can browse all your OneDrive files and common files in one place.
- Automatically upload photos and videos to your account with the backup.
- You can also open your OneDrive files in other apps including Microsoft Office apps.
- It offers a gallery view for photos and you can also search your files and folders.
- Other features include automatic image tagging, splitting, moving, deleting and renaming folders, and creating new folders.
Plan Costs: The Microsoft OneDrive Plan starts at 130 rupees per month for 100 GB storage and goes up to 650 rupees per month for the 2 TB plan. If you want to opt for the Family plan for your other family members, it costs Rs 6,199 per year.
3. Apple Photos (iCloud)
If you are an iPhone user, Apple photo is the best Google Photos alternative for you. The best part of this is Apple offers seamless integration across its entire ecosystem. In addition, the service offers powerful AI functionality, and some amazing editing tools. The service offers up to 5 GB of memory for free. But the downside is that it doesn’t work with Android.
Plan Cost: ICloud plans start at Rs 75 for 50GB and go up to Rs 749 for 2TB storage. If you want to use other Apple services as well, you can go for Apple One which costs 195 rupees per month and offers 50 GB of iCloud memory.
Flickr it’s another alternative you can try if you find Google’s plans expensive. At much less cost than Google’s higher 2TB plan, you can get truly unlimited storage with Flickr. On the other hand, where Google’s unlimited storage plan can only store photos up to 16MP, Flickr keeps them at full resolution.
- Use galleries and private and public groups. You can comment on other people’s photos and share them.
- Flickr also hosts billions of photos of passionate photographers to whom you can interact through groups.
- It offers a simple organization and sharing of photos. You can browse, select, and organize hundreds of photos with a single gesture, and split them into seconds.
- On Flickr, you can even edit your photos, add filters, crop, and much more!
Cost of Plans: Flickr’s monthly storage plan starts at $ 7.99 (about 580 rupees) and the annual plan costs $ 71.88 (about 5,200 rupees) and offers unlimited storage. It also offers discounts on photo software including a two-month free Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan.
Dropbox is another cloud storage platform that offers 2 TB of free storage to everyone and there are also paid plans. The service also has features like Password and DropBox Transfers. You can sign up for your free Dropbox Plus trial and get 2 TB of storage space.
- Automatically upload videos and photos from your camera roll to the cloud storage at the bottom.
- You can access the files in your account even offline and provide different types of files without any software.
- It also offers easy photo and video sharing and you can even send large files by copying a link. You can share this link to anyone even if they don’t use Dropbox.
- You can also scan documents, receipts, photos with their mobile app and hide them in PDF, so you can view them anywhere.
- You can also sync files on your PC to Dropbox with your computer backup. It also allows you to recover old or deleted files with file recovery.
Cost of Plans: The conservation plan starts at $ 9.99 (about Rs 730).
These were some alternatives to Google Photos that you can try if you don’t want to run out of storage and buy Google One plans. Tell us in the comments below which cloud app or service you use for your photo storage.
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