Google Photos: Free Unlimited Storage for Photos and Videos

Google Photos
Google Photos
Google Photos

In case you do not know. Google+ Photos allows unlimited photos and videos upload to Google Drive cloud storage. I have been using Google+ Photos to automatically backup photos in my smartphone but it only stores photos with resolution up to 2048 x 2048 pixels or videos not longer than 15 minutes. Higher resolution photo and long video will be automatically resized, or count to your Google Drive storage space if you want to store in original full-size photos and videos.

4MP resolution is fine for online sharing, but doesn’t you like FREE Unlimited auto backup for your high resolution photos & videos? Now You Can!

New Google Photos (without the “+”) standalone product has been announced at Google I/O 2015. Google Photos gives you unlimited online storage for all your photos and videos, auto organize and allows you to easily share them to anyone.

Upgrade from Google+ Photos, Google Photos now stores unlimited photos with resolution up to 16MP and 1080p Full HD videos. Higher resolution photos and videos will still be auto compressed.

You may choose “Original” storage size to backup your higher resolution (greater than 16MP or 1080p) photos and videos in their original file size to maintain exact quality.

A comparison between Original and High quality storage size shows that Google Photos has a rather good image compression technology that I do not notice the difference between two samples.

Google Photos compression
Google Photos compression

Besides backup and store your files, Google Photo also automatically organizes your memories by people, places, and things that matter.

You do not need to tag or label them. You do not need to create photo albums. All you need to do is do a simple search to find any photo. Example: search “dogs” and Google Photos will show you all of your dog photos. Magic!

Google Photos search
Google Photos search

Google Photos can auto enhance your photos for the best look. You can create photo collages, animations, movies and more in the app. Swipe left to open Assistant view, where Google Photos automatically creates a collage or a story based on the photos and videos you took in a recent trip.

Google Photos Assistant

It is easier to share your photos and videos now with Google Photos. Besides sharing via other apps, you can now create a link to share multiple photos and videos or album. Recipients of your share link do not need to install an app or login, they can save your images in their own Google Photos with a single tap.

Google Photos is now available on Android, iOS and web. (rolling out… yet available in Malaysia at writing)

via Google Official Blog

Google Drive for Work with Unlimited Cloud Storage, Only USD$10 per Month

Google Drive for Work with unlimited storage
Google Drive for Work with unlimited storage
Google Drive for Work with unlimited storage

Google Drive for Work with unlimited cloud storage has been announced during the Google I/O today. The unlimited storage Google Drive is part of Google Apps Unlimited, the new Google Apps edition. (Compare Google Apps editions)

For USD$10 per user per month, your Google Apps Unlimited account includes all Google Apps for Business features, plus the following new features:

  • Unlimited Google Drive storage (or 1TB per user if fewer than 5 users)
  • Store extremely large size files (up to 5TB per file).
  • Google Vault: email and document search, email retention. (available for Google Apps for Business as a paid add-on)
  • Advanced Drive auditing and reports
  • Advanced document security and control

The new Google Drive audit view allows you to see activities like moving, deleting or sharing a file within or outside your company. Google Vault now search all content (any file type) stored in Drive. Admins can set sync client, offline, Drive app and add-on settings at the Organizational Unit (OU)-level.

Drive for Work also offers enterprise-grade security and compliance, including a SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II, SOC 2-audit, ISO 27001 certification, adherence to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, and can support industry-specific requirements like HIPAA.

All your files uploaded to Google Drive (Google Account and Google Apps alike) will be encrypted, from your device to Google to transit between Google data centers to Google servers.

Currently, each Google Apps for Business ($5/month) user can have 30GB cloud storage for their Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos. You can buy more storage for $1.99/month (100GB) or $9.99/month (1TB).

➤ Drive for Work (via Google Official Enterprise Blog)

Free 15GB Google Cloud Storage to Shared Between Drive, Gmail, Google+ Photos

Google shared storage
Google shared storage
Google shared storage

Google free 15GB cloud storage is now shared between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. (tweet this)

Google free storage was separated into 5GB Google Drive and Google+ photos; 10GB for Gmail messages and attachments. With the new update, you get a universal 15GB storage pool for Drive, Google+ photos and Gmail.

Tip: Only photos larger than 2048 pixels use Google Drive storage. You can store unlimited number of smaller photos for free.

Your Gmail may take up a little space, and you store big files in Drive. Or, you can use the space to store high-resolution images in Google+ photos. It is up to you on how to use the cloud storage space.

For non-Gmail users who use Google Drive to store their files on Google cloud, this means they will get free 3x storage upgrade from 5GB to 15GB! On the other hand, non-Google Drive Gmail users now receive more space for their email attachments.

For Gmail and Google Drive users, the update do not give you extra storage space (still total 15GB) but you no longer need to remember how much free space you left in each Gmail and Google Drive.

Now you only need to remember one total space. You can check your storage usage at new Google Drive storage page.

Google Drive storage overview screenshot
Google Drive storage overview screenshot

Mouse over the pie chart will show you the breakdown of your storage use across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos.

Need more Google Drive space? Upgrade plan start at USD$4.99/month for 100GB. It is same price as before update. I noticed that 25GB upgrade (USD$2.49/month) has been removed.

The Google Drive storage update will roll out over the next few weeks. Google Apps users will also getting the shared storage.

[via Google Drive blog]

HOW TO: Use Google Drive Without Internet Connection

Google Drive offline screenshot
Google Drive offline screenshot
Google Drive offline screenshot

Google Drive online cloud storage support automatic syncing and offline access for all your Google Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, and Drawings. In this article, you will learn how to setup and use Google Drive in offline mode.

Setup Google Drive for offline access

Google Drive’s offline access is available only on Google Chrome or Chrome OS computer. Chrome OS users do not need to setup offline access because it is already there for you.

Google Drive Offline Edit
Google Drive Offline Edit
  1. Install Google Drive extension for Chrome.
  2. Goto https://drive.google.com and login your Google Account.
  3. In the left menu bar, click on “More” to show hidden menu items.
  4. Click on “Offline”.
  5. On the right panel, click on the “Enable Offline” blue colour button.
  6. Done. Your Google drive files will be saved to current computer for offline access.

Please note that only one Google account per Chrome profile can set up offline access to Drive. You can create a new Chrome profile for each Google account.

Google Drive’s documents will be synched to each computer where you have enabled offline access. Anyone who use those computers will have access to your Google Drive documents. Make sure you only allow offline access on your own computers!

Google Drive offline mode

After you have setup offline access, your Google Drive files will be synched in the background. Any changes made to synced files while offline will sync to all other devices with a time stamp when you reconnect to Internet.

  • When your computer is disconnected from Internet, open Chrome browser and goto https://drive.google.com to load offline version of Google Drive.
  • If your computer suddenly lost Internet connection while you are using Google Drive in Chrome, simply reload the browser window to show the offline version of your Drive and each file you have open.
  • If you are using unstable Internet connection, load https://drive.google.com/#offline in Chrome instead for stable view of offline Google Drive.

What files available for offline?

Google Documents, Presentations and Drawings are available for both offline viewing and editing. Offline Spreadsheets are view-only mode. Google Forms does not support offline access.

Other files such as PDF, Microsoft Office files and images are also viewable from Google Drive folder when you are offline.

How to disable Google Drive offline access?

You can diable Google Drive offline access anytime by clicking the “gear” icon in the upper-right corner in Google Drive and select “Stop using Docs offline”.

Find more information in Google Drive Help Center.

Little Known Ways to Get Maximum Dropbox Free Space (Over 20GBs)

maximum dropbox free space

maximum dropbox free space

In this article, you will learn how to get more free Dropbox space in several methods not known by others.

Dropbox, the popular online cloud storage service, is a freemium business. New signups get 2GB free space and you can earn more free Dropbox space by refer your friends and other actions.

Isabella Moreira of Script Evolution shows us the ways to get maximum space of Dropbox free account — up to 23.88GB!

Generally, Dropbox offer extra space for free now and then. Visit its “Get More Space” page for a list of ways to get free space.

Dropbox Camera Upload could give you extra 3.5GB by automatically upload your photos and videos to your Dropbox account. Feel free to delete the files after upload, and you still keep the free space!

The best way to get most free space (up to 16GB) is by refer your friends, each sign up will earn you and the user 500MB free space. Isabella used a different method — Google AdWords. She advertised her Dropbox referral link using Google Ads with $30 daily budget.

That’s the secret sauce!

Most of your friends may already registered Dropbox. Refer to strangers via Google AdWords ads definitely the fastest way to get referral signups. Best of all, you can get free AdWords credits from Google!

Will you spend money for free space? How many Dropbox space you have? how many space you used? Tell us in comment.

[box type=”tick”]P.S. Sign up Dropbox via my referral link and we both get extra 500MB space! :)[/box]