I have been storing all my pictures and videos on the physical hard disk drive in my laptop. And within a year 700 GB was just not enough for storing all my pictures, media, movies, games, etc. I had about 20 GB of pictures n videos of my friends and family. And i was about to buy an external HDD for extra space. But then i figured out that i can store all the photos on Google Plus for FREE.
But then you might ask me, why i didn’t think of Facebook? Well the answer lies in this post. Read it full and you will understand why i prefer Google Plus to store all my photos and videos online. And by online, i don’t mean ‘shared publicly’. You can choose whether you want to share privately, publicly or don’t share at all.
When you create a Google Account, you get about 15 GB of Storage space. This space is used for Gmail Attachments, Google Drive, And Picasa Photos or Google Plus photos.
And if you run out of space then you can buy extra storage here. But this post isn’t about promoting their premium storage services. So how are you going to benefit from this storage if the limit is 15 GB ?
You will get free storage for photos uploaded to Google Plus provided these photos are of size less than 2048 x 2048 pixels. Photos bigger than 2048×2048 pixels use your storage. Everything smaller than that is free.
Also you can upload videos to Google plus. But you will get free storage for videos if and only if each video is less than 15 minutes in length.
There’s no free storage for files or other type of data.
So basically you get free storage for photos less than 2048 pixels, videos less than 15 minutes in length and everything else which you upload will count in the 15 GB of free storage.
My Storage Summary
I have uploaded tons of pictures and videos to my Google Plus account (many of which are shared privately). Now i have freed upto 20 GB of space on my laptop, which i can use for gaming ! Check the image given below.
You can see, I have uploaded thousands of pictures on Google Plus but they aren’t occupying any storage space in my Google Account. So basically they are stored for free. And I’m also storing the image given above on Google (blogspot). This helps to load my blog page faster for anyone who visits the page. I’ll talk more about that in another post.
Of course you need an internet connection to access your uploaded photos and videos. Since i don’t watch or use the pictures on my HDD, I prefer to store them online. If that’s what you need, you can storage them on Google Plus.
Why Google Plus and not Facebook?
I would prefer to store photos on Google Plus because of all the features it offers. Google Plus autobackup integrated in Android helps to backup pictures as soon as a new picture is clicked. You can then Go online and choose which ones to keep and which ones to delete.
Google Plus isn’t isolated, it is combined with several apps like Google Drive, Google Keep, Hangouts, Maps, etc. And this helps to organize and manage data easily because everything is available in a click or tap !
And the most important factor is Speed. Google is just incredibly fast. Its not just about storing data, but retrieving it faster. You can access your photos so fast, its comparable to the speed of browsing photos on your Hard Disk.
There are many more reasons, but I want to end this post here because its getting too long (haha). So i hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to comment below.