Since June 1, Google has closed the ability to store an unlimited number of photos and videos in the Google Photos service. All new content uploaded from that date will consume space, and by default only 15GB is provided in the Google cloud.
The only exception is made for Pixel smartphones, including the first generation of these devices. Their owners can still upload to Google Photos as many photos and videos as they want, and without compression and resolution reduction, that is, in original quality.
Another thing is that carrying such a smartphone with you and taking pictures is not very convenient and pleasant for them, but manually uploading photos and videos from another smartphone to it in order to synchronize with Google Photos is too dreary.
Android Police website discovered an app that makes syncing files a lot easier is Resilio Sync. You can take pictures with your main smartphone, and the Pixel will copy them to itself and send them to Google Photos. Resilio Sync app must be installed on both smartphones:
- Launch Resilio Sync on your main smartphone and share the folder that stores photos and videos
- Launch Resilio Sync on Pixel and scan QR code in Resilio Sync running on main smartphone
After successfully syncing files, Google Photos will find a new folder with photos on the Pixel and ask if you need to sync it to the cloud. Agree, otherwise nothing will work.
If everything is done correctly, then all your photos and videos taken on the smartphone that you use on an ongoing basis will be transferred to the Pixel in the background, and through it to Google Photos without loss of quality and will not take up space in the cloud. … Don’t forget to check periodically to see if your files are syncing (which requires running Resilio Sync from time to time to keep the app running in the background). It’s also worth occasionally opening Google Photos on your Pixel and deleting synced photos and videos from your device’s storage.
If for some reason the application Resilio Sync you do not like or does not work on your smartphone, you can try FolderSync – it has about the same capabilities, only a little more complex configuration and a more confusing interface.
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