To the dismay of many who relied on “unlimited” storage offered by Google, the tech giant previously announced that they are making some changes in this regard. Google Photos is hit the hardest, as uploads will start to count toward your Google Drive quota starting in June. The same goes for those who create documents, spreadsheets, slides, and other workspace files. But those who are using Google Workspace will get a little respite as Google changed the deadline to February 2022.
Google announced this change in a blog post on changes over time period as it pertains to Google Workspace users. Any new files that you create in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, or Jamboards will not yet count towards your Google Drive storage. These files were originally supposed to start counting in your Google data on June 1, 2020. But now, it won’t start until February 1, 2022, so this means that all files you create up to then are still “free.” “in your storage.
But by next year, even if you only make edits to existing files, it will already count in your existing storage plan. The only exemption would be Google Keep and Sites. And sadly, the Google Photos deadline is still June 1, 2022, even for Workspace users. So this means everyone has only around 2 months to upload all the photos and videos they want without worrying about their storage quota.
Google says they are delaying the inevitable for Workspace users as they want to make sure that new administration tools that will identify and manage how storage is used will be in place before all the changes take effect. Administrators can start to see the new tools and how they will change next year. However, they can also expect new space management tools to be released before the new deadline.
As for free personal users, their deadline remains the same. Starting June 1, both your Google Photos and Google Docs will take up space on your allocated free storage. Unless you decide to subscribe to Google One storage, of course.