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Tech Q&A: Reaching the limits of unlimited storage in Google Photos

Steve Alexander, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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What can you do? Delete some data, or buy additional storage capacity (Google charges $2 a month for 100 gigabytes.)

Alternatively, you can reclaim some storage space by using the Google Photos "recover storage" button (below and to the right of the "high quality" box you've already checked.)

That will downsize your existing "original quality" photos to "high quality" so that they aren't counted against your 15-gigabytes of shared storage. You should also change your phone's Google Photos setting so that, in the future, it stores photos online at "high quality" instead of "original." (To change the Google Photos picture quality on any device, see

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Steve Alexander covers technology for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Readers may write to him at Tech Q&A, 425 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn. 55488-0002; email: Please include a full name, city and phone number.


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