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Weekly Update - November 14, 2020: Photos, Docs, YouTube

TANSTAAFL is the word of the week. Next year Google will start counting new Google Photos uploads, Docs, and Sheets towards your account’s storage quota. In other news, Twitch’s lack of copyright enforcement tools is hurting creators. And YouTube will be skipping a celebratory “Rewind” video this year. Plus there are updates for private video sharing on YouTube, a new “Google Search Central” site for webmasters, new Chat features and more.

This week

Google Storage

  • Starting June 1, 2021, all photos backed up to Google Photos after that date - no matter the quality setting - will count towards your Google storage quota (15 GB free). The same is true for any Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms or Jamboards created or edited after that date. This does not affect YouTube, Blogger or Google Sites; photos and videos backed up prior to June 1; or photos and videos backed up from a Pixel 1-5.

    You’ll find more details at the link, including how to see how much storage you have left in your account. Note that this move probably should not have come as a complete surprise, as people upload 4.3 million GB to Gmail, Drive and Photos every day and storage isn’t free, even if it is cheap.

YouTube and Video

Webmasters and bloggers


Social Sites



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