All Google files like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard in Drive are going to count against the 15 GB free storage limit from 1st June 2021

All accounts on Google start with a free storage space of 15 GB for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. However, Google has announced some changes in its storage policy for Google Photos and files created in Google Drive. These changes will be implemented on 1st June 2021. So, according to Google’s recent announcement, all files and products including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard which are created in Drive will start counting against the 15 GB free storage limit from 1st of June next year.

Google Photos will see a change that as soon as the 15 GB limit will be crossed from 1st June 2021 onwards, unlimited high-quality photo backup will discontinue for non-Pixel users.

At the current moment, the attachments that are present within a Drive document are included in the storage space. But from 1st June 2021, the entire document or spreadsheet or presentation files that have been created using any of the above mentioned Google services and products will start adding up to the 15 GB free allotted storage capacity, even if they have been created on the said day. If these documents or spreadsheets or presentations have been created before 1st June 2021, they will still be counted if they have not been edited or modified before 1st June.

Another important update is for inactive accounts and users who have not accessed any of the Google products and services in more than 24 months (2 years). These users will be sent advance and warning notices for three months, but if they still do not respond to Google’s warnings, Google will delete all their data in any of the services they used by Google. Whether it is stored memories in Google Photos or any stored files in Google Drive, everything will be deleted if three months pass by and these inactive users do not pay any heed to Google’s warnings.

This policy will also be implemented from the 1st of June, 2021, and Google advises users to keep checking on their inactivity status and start paying attention to emails and notices from Google to avoid any kind of problem with their data or storage issues in the future.

All these policies have come as a surprise for users out there because the free 15 GB unlimited storage that Google provides is one of its major selling points. People may now start looking up for some other cloud storage services if they do not want to upgrade their storage capacity by subscribing to one of the Google One plans.


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