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Google Photos saved a lifetime in photos of this user: a story that makes clear how problematic it is that it stops being free

Google Photos saved a lifetime in photos of this user: a story that makes clear how problematic it is that it stops being free

Yesterday, when I heard the news that Google Photos would stop offering free unlimited storage in 'High Quality', my reaction was to think that I was facing one of the great technological and services news of this atypical year.

The good news being that everything we have uploaded to the service so far will not be lost or occupy space of the 15 GB of the Google account, the bad part is that many people will not replace the service with any other, unless a similar alternative arrives at no cost. And thus they will say goodbye to a digital lifeguard like no other, like the one we will see as the owner of the greengrocer that I go to.

Google Photos is not only (was) an infinite store of memories, but also insurance against misfortunes

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My relationship with Google Photos has been the same as with Google Contacts or with iCloud Contacts. Thanks to the service, I was sure that whatever happened with my smartphone, I would have a backup. That included some possible screen breakage, theft, or falling into a cleaning bucket, common scenarios for many people.

Except for some photos that still could not be uploaded to the cloud (and lately I had the upload activated even outside Wi-Fi), I was not afraid to restore my smartphone after doing an analysis and having to return it to a brand. To maintain the original quality of the photos and videos, from time to time I would manually copy locally, but even when it was not like that I have never lacked anything that I have asked of him.

That is why the simile with Google Contacts seems appropriate to me. For a long time (and even today), many people have lost their entire address book when changing smartphones, by not having a copy in the cloud. Solving that is as simple as saving the contacts in your Gmail account, something accessible from the calendar app. This avoids the classic messages of "I have lost all the numbers, write me to WhatsApp at 6XXXXXXX.

In addition to insurance, Google Photos was one more way to be able to take infinite photos without worrying about storage: a step beyond digital photography itself

Before Google Photos, when I set up a smartphone for a family member who did not know too much about the subject, I explained what the contacts in the cloud consisted of and set the default save, so that in case of changing terminals, he would not have to nothing or miss anything. Starting in 2015, with Google Photos, I started doing the same thing with photos. It explained what the product consisted of, and although some people refused to upload their photos for privacy, most appreciated its advantages, without having to pay (very important point).

Thus, I have seen everything around the service, and by configuring a copy of the WhatsApp folder I have helped many people recover very old photos, even from years ago.

This is how Google Photos avoided a drama without the person who was prevented from knowing the service

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But perhaps the biggest anecdote I have with this is from when to The woman who runs the greengrocer where I buy her mobile phone was stolen at the premises, while serving a client and was not aware of the mobile. My girlfriend told me about three weeks after it happened, and when asked about the event, the woman was devastated beyond the robbery itself. In on his mobile where he kept all the photos and videos he had taken of his children since they were babies (the classic of switching from microSD from one mobile to another).

The cloud is capable of saving what we did not even know was saved, and this woman saved her the pain of losing all the photos of her children

Upon learning of the case, I told the woman that there could be some luck in the event that she had the automatic upload of Google Photos activated on her mobile. She told me that she didn't know what Google Photos was, but that (obviously) she did have a Google account. So We took the computer, we opened Google Photos and indeed, there were all the images and videos that I thought I had lost forever. He did not remember how he had activated the automatic sync, but the important thing is that he had not lost anything. He got so emotional that he started crying, and even wanted to pay me as a thank you.

Google Photos is a low blow for those who have spent years uploading their lives in photos to the cloud

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Google Photos is a low blow for those who have spent years uploading their lives in photos to the cloud

Why I think Google Photos is irreplaceable

Google Photos

To say that a service cannot be replaced is very bold. In this case, I think that for millions of users there may be no alternative for a very simple matter: free. Users who have Amazon Prime and benefit from Amazon Photos (if they are aware of the service) may benefit from something similar, but the rest are likely not.

Among the more than 1 billion people who use Google Photos, there are many who will never pay

People who barely know Google Photos, as I have told in the case of the fruit market, are likely not to pay when Google tells them that their account is full, and the normal thing in their case is that they choose to store the photos on their computer or an external hard drive. When a service is good, it ends up paying, as Netflix and Spotify have shown, but for certain types of users the debate of paying for an Internet service is still somewhat far away.

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by Antonio Sabán.