News today that Google is abandoning the popular cloud service Google Pics.

Starting June 1, 2021, that deal is dead. Whenever a tech company uses the term “unlimited” for any of its services, people should take it with a grain of salt, especially where cloud storage is concerned. Online backup companies like Carbonite have taken heat in the past for their unlimited plans not being completely unlimited. Microsoft switched its unlimited storage plan in OneDrive accounts to 1 terabyte of storage back in 2015 when they launched their Office 365 services.

This was the main reason to move images to the local server. Other web hosts should be more senescent for CDN needs for media libraries. This site was too large for the tiers on Azure by far long before the traffic problems surface here Azuree would refuse page loads throwing HTTP 403 errors. Azure was bad for CDN type services.

Any photos uploaded after June 1, 2021, will start counting toward your limit. There’s also good news for owners of Google’s own Pixel smartphones, from the first to the latest Pixel 5. Photos from those devices are not subject to the limit that will be imposed on the rest of us. It’s unclear whether those terms will continue with future Pixel releases.

Google has said it won’t remove photos and videos you’ve uploaded before the cutoff date, and you get 15GB free. That’s still a lot of storage, especially if you’re not storing videos or very high-resolution images. About 20,000 the typical smartphone photos will fit into 15GB.

Apple offers 5GB for free for iPhone users. Apple has iCloud with 50GB for $1 a month which can handle almost every photo on the mobile device. Apple has larger offerings for more money slightly more money. The iPhone 11 in the studio has 256GB but most of the storage is music s images are not a major consumer of storage. Still many take far more photos.

A NAS box is another idea but there are slight risks of floods and wind damage etc.