Google is taking a big hit and confronting its users with some innovations. Selected accounts will be deleted and free storage will be restricted.
Dortmund / California – According to a survey by Statista, 97% of all Germans use Google as a search engine on their smartphone. The US company’s Gmail email service ranks third in Germany in the list of mail providers. But now Google has announced some changes – similar to the new WhatsApp terms and conditions – that should not please all users.
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Google announces major changes from June 2021 – inactive accounts will be deleted
The following still applies: Google is one of the most popular technology companies, and according to Statista, only two percent of Germans do not use Google services. Therefore, the changes announced by the team in June should be of interest to many users.
Google announced on Tuesday (June 1) that it would delete many dormant accounts and significantly reduce the storage limit for photos, videos and other files. However, customers can defend themselves against account deletion.
Google deletes accounts from Gmail, Google Photos or Google Drive
Like WhatsApp, Google has announced that it will change user conditions by the end of 2020. These will come into effect from June 1, 2021. If you do not use your Google Account often, you should quickly verify that you are affected by the changes.
Because from next Tuesday (June 1), Google reserves the right to delete dormant accounts. Specifically: “If you have been inactive for 2 years (24 months) on Gmail, Drive or Google Photos, we may remove the content on the inactive products (after appropriate advance notice).” Information from the Google Support Center Emerges.
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Users who have used their account sparingly so far should not be affected. However, deletion may also affect active users. This is because the panel wants to delete files that violate the storage capacity of the specified services.
It continues: “If you have exceeded your storage quota for two years, we reserve the right to store your content in Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Maps, Google Forms and files on the Jumbo Board), and Google Photos. . ”Additionally, new files cannot be uploaded to any of the specified services (and Digital News In RUHR24).
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However, Google is pleased. The company says users who have not yet settled their storage capacity and those who “do not manage their accounts properly” will not be affected by the actions. The company specifies two ways in which customers can still store their accounts or data:
- Users have the opportunity to “actively use the product and thus avoid deleting their data”.
- Customers still have time to download content from Google services and store it anywhere else on the computer.
Customers with a dormant account or full storage space need to act quickly if they still want to save their files. Otherwise there will be a rude awakening from June 1 if a lot of photos, documents or emails suddenly disappear. Although passive users are unlikely to notice it.
Google strictly controls another service: free storage is limited
Incidentally, the reason for all the changes is the new storage guidelines of technology companies. This is because they not only delete inactive Google Accounts, but also severely restrict the storage capacity of Google services.
Six years ago, Google announced: “With Google Photos, you can now store more photos and videos in greater resolution.” But suddenly the company changed its mind and reduced or merged the quota.
Prior to June 1, users had unlimited storage space for photos – at least if they were not stored at the original quality, with the standard setting being “high quality”. Starting next week, these photos will be rated towards a storage capacity of 15 gigabytes, with a free warranty for each user.
Is Google full of storage? Users should expect deleted files and restrictions
So far, only 15GB applies to Gmail and Google Drive. Anyone who has stored a lot of photos on Google will have a sudden problem from June 1 and will face the entire storage. Google will not immediately delete all files above the limit, but the restrictions will still be felt.
Emails can no longer be received and sent or new files can be uploaded. Many users will then have to decide: delete them, change providers or pay to expand storage capacity. With Google One, the group naturally prepares a suitable offer for its customers – but it can also be paid for.
New Storage Guidelines at Google: Technology Company Background
Why does Google now restrict storage capabilities? In general, it seems that the American company does the “cleaning”. The Google Play Music service was shut down in February, much to the annoyance of many customers. For changes to the storage guidelines, Google calls accordingly Sdeddeutsche Zeitung Two reasons:
On the one hand, the amount of data in Gmail, Google Photos and Drive is increasing by 4.3 million GB every day – which pushes the group to its limits. Not only does Google store a large amount of data from its users, it also leases storage space to other companies, tags hundreds of billions of websites for its search engine, and wants to have enough storage space for YouTube. On the other hand, Google wants to sell as many subscriptions as possible to its new Google One service. So this is about everything.
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