Google could delete your gmail, photos and drive accounts under new rules starting today

Google is changing its cloud storage policy và warning users their files might be deleted

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Google is warning users that their Gmail, Google Drive và Google Photos content may be deleted when the company implements changes to lớn its cloud storage policies.

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Google notified some users by gmail, then released a blog post Wednesday detailing the upcoming changes, which take effect June 1, 2021. They apply khổng lồ consumer accounts with nội dung in Gmail, Drive and Photos. And some of those users may find their files deleted if they don"t tăng cấp their storage capađô thị soon.

Right now, consumer Google Accounts come with 15 GB of không tính phí storage across Gmail, Drive and Photos. Starting June 1, 2021, the company is getting aggressive sầu about files in accounts that are inactive or over their capathành phố. If your tài khoản is inactive sầu for two years or over that storage limit for two years, Google may delete your content.

The tech giant assures users, "We will notify you multiple times before we attempt lớn remove any nội dung so you have sầu ample opportunities to take action."

Also starting June 1, Google will start countingnewhigh quality photos or videos, as well as any new Drive files (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms or Jamboard) toward the the miễn phí 15 GB. Once users hit that limit, they will need lớn purchase additional storage.

There"s an exemption for existing high-unique photos & videos that are backed up before June 1. And existing Drive sầu files also won"t count unless they are modified on or after that date.

The new storage policies will also affect Google Workspace subscribers, & G Suite for Education và G Suite for Nonprofits, which the company detailed in another blog post.

How khổng lồ manage & tăng cấp Google storage

Google"s storage changes don"t take effect until June 1, so if you"re concerned about your nội dung & files, you have sầu plenty of time lớn make sure nothing gets deleted.

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First, if you"ve sầu been inactive, simply log in & visit Gmail, Google Drive sầu & Photos.

Cheông chồng how much storage you"re using across your tài khoản at Google One. If you"re cchiến bại to the limit, there"s a handy tool with suggestions for freeing up space.

If you require more than the miễn phí storage, you can upgrade khổng lồ one of three paid tiers: 100 GB ($1.99/month or $19.99/year), 200 GB ($2.99/month or $29.99/year) and 2 TB ($9.99/month or $99.99/year).

You also can check out some of the best cloud storage solutions to lớn house all your files. Learn more about how khổng lồ choose a cloud storage & backup provider.


Kelly covers streaming truyền thông for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide & other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live sầu music, writing songs, knitting và gardening.

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