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What happens to your Pixel's original quality photo backups, according to Google
The stipulations are fairly straightforward: Those with Pixel devices get original quality photo backups on Google Photos for a set period of time. However, what happens after those promotional periods end? What happens to your Google Drive storage and your original quality photos? We surfed through Google’s support pages to find the answers.
Original Google Pixel and Pixel XL
This one is fairly straightforward. The original Google Pixel and Pixel XL were promised unlimited original quality backups indefinitely. It seems Google intends to continue that promise. There is no evidence of an expiration date for this promotion and the photos should never count against your Google Drive storage amounts.
You can continue to upload your photos with peace of mind. We’ll update this article should anything change in regards to the original Pixel and Pixel XL.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
We recommend setting a calendar date to change your settings back to high quality mode to avoid filling up your Google Drive space.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
However, any original quality photos uploaded after the date will take up space as normal. Much like the Pixel 2, we recommend setting a reminder for yourself to change your settings on the date so you don’t fill up your Google Drive space all the way.
Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 devices
The promotion was fun while it lasted. The Pixel devices have some of the best smartphone cameras of any series of devices in the last few years. The ability to upload backups in original quality made them even more appealing to mobile photography buffs. However, for most people, the high quality mode works just fine. However, we do wonder why Google ceased such promotions on two smartphones with only 64GB of onboard storage with no option for expandable storage.