Google announced on Monday (24) the launch of a tool to help save space within Google Photos. The novelty manages to select photos and videos that take up a lot of space, as well as blurry images and also screenshots that were probably sent to the cloud by mistake – and will no longer be from Android 12.
With the proposal to deliver unlimited space to any user within Google Photos, many people may have played all the media present on smartphones and also on the PC within this backup – I was one of them. After a few years, the search giant changed its mind and from next month onwards it will deduct from the entire cloud storage of the account the size occupied by any new file that appears there.
As many may not have noticed the change in the rules of Google Photos or even do not want to manually erase all the backup made by mistake, or that it no longer makes sense at some point, Google created a tool capable of identifying:
- Space-intensive videos and photos
- Blurry or unfocused photos
- Screenshots (also called prints)
The management of these videos and photos is done automatically and the search giant itself shows which images are identified, but the user needs to enter the Google Photos settings to find the tool. In each of the categories, the app suggests how much space it can save if files are deleted.
The feature can be understood as a way to better organize the backup, but Google makes it clear within the application itself that the goal is only to save space used in the cloud. In other words, all large photos and videos, screenshots and blurry images present before the end of unlimited space will remain available and will not appear inside the tool.
Google Photos renames “High quality”
With this new tool, Google has also changed the way it names the two upload options. Until then, the user can choose between “High quality” and thus not count the cloud space of the account when compressing photos and videos, or else “Original” to upload the files exactly as they were created and without any decrease in their size or quality. .
The news is still only in English and in this language “High quality”, or “High quality” is now called “Storage saver” which in free translation can be understood as “Storage saver”. Even with this change, Google Photos will continue to compress and change the file sent to the cloud, but this time with the aim of just reducing the space occupied by the backup.
According to Google itself, choosing the backup for Google Photos in “High quality” means that all photos with a resolution greater than 16 megapixels will be reduced to this maximum. The videos, on the other hand, receive a limit in Full HD, or 1080p and any file larger than this objective is reduced, in addition to having extra features removed, as with subtitles.
Finally, as from June of this year, the backup cloud space within Google Photos will discount all storage in the user’s account, the application has received an alert to indicate how much time of photos and videos can still be used without the need for payment for the resource.
It appears in the Google Photos settings, within the Backup and sync option, in a new button called “Manage storage”.
Both the new name for the backup on Google Photos, as well as the tool for identifying large screen shots, photos and videos, as well as blurry images, are coming slowly for all users. The company did not say whether it is necessary to have a specific version of the app, but it is always good to keep it updated on any platform.
With information: Google.