“Noooooo,” I typed dramatically to my chats after taking a screenshot of this storage change from Google. To recap: From June 2021, high quality photos uploaded to Google Photos will count towards the storage limit, instead of the current unlimited uploading.
I’ve talked a little before my digital clutter in general, and glossed over how my cloud storage is set up. I’ve had Dropbox for years before I let it lapse this year, and was planning on getting a Google One subscription. That is, until I realized that photo storage was going to be a non-issue with Google Photos, and held off getting a plan.
Honestly, that pause for effect is a little unwarranted — it’s $28/year for me, and a manageable amount for the value it would bring.
Of my digital assets, photos and videos storage remain the thing that is the most cluttered for me. I don’t take the time to go through each photo and only keep things that matter. Screenshots make up a not-insignificant percentage of my images.
Occupational hazard, you might say.
So, I guess this is as good a time to carve a new intentional practice with my images:
- Review the photos and videos on my phone and delete bad and irrelevant files on an ongoing basis
- Create automated workflows to shift other files where they need to be:
- Store design-related screenshots on a Figma board
- Upload important images and screenshots on Notion
- Back up important images and videos via the Google Photos app
Now, off I go to delete some photos.