How to Get Free Online Storage (Virtually Unlimited) on Google Photos

Written by Pravin Patil

If you ask me, losing your precious memories sucks, big time! What if your PC’s hard drive crashes all of sudden. What if you drop your mobile phone or laptop and it breaks the hard drive. It could be a bad (very bad) emotional experience.

To make things easier and for peace of mind, use a free online storage service from Google to back everything up. Today, we will see how we can use Google photos (Earlier Google+ Photos and Google Picasa before that) to store and backup all of your photos and videos, and that too free.

There are many free online storage sites out there. Dropbox and Flickr are other popular cloud storage services for the same. But they have their own pros and cons. Let’s not get into it. For now, let’s learn how to Upload Pictures to Google Photos without any storage limitation using this simple tweak in settings.

Even though Google only offers 15GB free storage for its users (10 GB for Gmail + 5 GB for Google Drive), we can tweak the settings a bit and get almost unlimited storage space on Google Photos.

Earlier it used to offer only 1 GB of free online storage to Gmail users. But now you can upload all the photos and videos to it and it won’t cost you a penny. A newly added perk from Google+ to its users allows you to upload unlimited photos on Google Photos. This photo service was previously known as Google Picasa, It was a well-known free cloud storage service for photos and videos by Google itself.


Google Photos (Free Online Storage):

Google Photos service is technically built into Google Drive and accessible from within it. But using Google Photos directly is more convenient if you want to store just images and videos. It will also help you organize your photos, and is full of agile features for doing fun and useful things with them.


If you are still wondering what is so great about Google Photos, then you should definitely check these features.


#1. Photos backup and downloads including sharing option with your friends and family. (Google Circles as well)
#2. Google Photo offers Desktop Uploader Software to ease upload and downloads.
#3. A new photo-tagging feature lets your Google+ friends tag your public photos.
#4. Easy Photos and Videos uploads from mobile phone
#5. No More Duplicates – It merges duplicate photos
#6. Google also incorporates smarter search in Google Photos
#7. Gallery View and Assistant to enhance the user experience.
#8. Image Editing tool incorporated.


How safe is it?
People often think if these free online storage services are reliable or not. Since Google Photos service is managed by Google itself, you can stay assured about the safety of your photos and videos. Don’t worry, you are in good hands.


Upload Settings:

This is super easy! To enable unlimited photo storage in Google Photos, you just need to tweak the settings while uploading photos. There are three options to upload photos in bulk.

A. Using Google Picasa Desktop Client (My favorite)
B. Using Google Photos Desktop Uploader
C. Using Google Photo Mobile App

As per my personal experience, I find Picasa Desktop Client better because it is clean, convenient and makes organizing your photo albums super easy. It comes with so many features including editing tools armed with various predefined filters. It also offers various settings while uploading and downloading albums and much more.


 A. Google Picasa Desktop Client Settings:

So let’s see how to change the settings in the Picasa Desktop Client

1. Download and install Picasa Desktop Client here (Update: Google has discontinued Picasa Service, but the Desktop Client is still running and according to Google it will, forever.)
2. Open the software and log in using your Google credential. Go to
Tools > Options


Google Picasa desktop client settings

3. A new window will popup. Go to > Google Photos
4. Change the Settings > Default upload settings
from “Original Size” to “Best for web sharing”. Refer the screenshot above.

If you want to use Picasa web Google version, then use this link – Picasa Web. You do not need to sign-up for the service if you already have a Gmail account. In addition to that, you can log in to Picasa using your Gmail Account credentials.


B. Google Photos Backup Uploader Settings:

The Desktop client has been recently introduced by Google Photos. It offers Auto upload photos from your Mac or Windows computer, camera, or storage cards.

1. Download and Install Google Photos Backup Uploader from here.
2. Once it is been installed, the tray icon will appear in windows dashboard (right bottom corner of the desktop in Windows and Mac).
3. Left click on the icon and go to > Settings. A new window will pop up (refer the screenshot)


Google Photos Backup uploader settings

4. Select photo size: High Quality (Free unlimited storage)
5. Voila! you are done.


C. Using Google Photo Mobile App:

1. Open Google Photo app. If you are not having it on your phone, download it from here.
2. Go to settings > Backup & Sync > Upload Size (refer screenshot)


Google Photos android app settings

3. Finally, tap and select > High Quality (Free unlimited storage)
4. You are done.

Your turn: Please let us know what kind of free online storage services you do use to back up photos  and videos. Also share what are other tools you prefer to upload photos to Google Photos. Please comment below and share your thoughts.

Quick Rewind

1. Google users get virtually unlimited online photo storage on Google Photos.

2. You need to tweak the settings in Up-loader and make it to default “Recommended” settings as 2048 x 2048 pixels. [Refer screenshots above]

3. Smartphone Google Photos app is available for both Android and iPhone. It offers instant uploading of photos to your Google account.



About the author

Pravin Patil

Pravin is the Author and Founder of An engineer by chance and a blogger by choice. Alongside writing for the web, he keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@Gizpad).

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