Google+ Allows Full-Size Photo Storage With A Catch

Google+ Allows Full-Size Photo Storage With A Catch

If it’s going to compete with Facebook in any real way, Google+ has to do things Facebook doesn’t.

I prefer Facebook because of its richer engagement experience. The thing that Facebook does that I like least is over-compress my photos.

Google+ may be recognizing an opportunity. It is popular with professional photographers like Trey Ratcliff and Thomas Hawk. Trey dropped the news about Google+ giving users the option of saving full-sized photos.

Google+ previously limited photo size to a maximum width or height of 2,048 pixels. Now there is a setting to turn that limit off.

To do that, go to settings in Google+ and click Google+ from the left menu. Scroll almost all the way down until you get to the Photos section where you’ll see a check box that says, “Upload my photos at full size.”

It’s not all all a bag of happy chips sprinkled with bacon bits, though. There is a catch. You have to use your Google Drive storage account. That only gives you 5GB of free storage.

If you’re going to upload full-size, high-quality photos, you can use up 5GBs quick. To add more Google makes you pay.

It’s 25GB for $2.49 a month and 100GB for $4.99 a month. Google Drive plans top out at a whopping $799.99 a month for 16TB of storage.

Allowing full-size, uncompressed photos is a nice way for Google Plus to get ahead of Facebook for photo sharing, but Google Plus isn’t hurting for profits. Charging photographers to share their work on Google+ does more for Google+ than for photographers. I’m sticking with SmugMug for sharing my art uncompressed.

Photo Credit: Trey Ratcliff – Stuck In Customs

Neal Campbell

Neal Campbell is a writer and artist with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, which may or may not explain why he is a writer and artist. In 2005, he launched and produced GeekBrief.TV, one of the first and most successful video podcasts. Neal writes about technology, pop culture, science, TV, the Internet, and sometimes bacon. He lives on the Internet, and loves his Chihuahua, Zoe, who hasn’t left his lap in eight years.


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  1. Google+ just isn't making it… I'm just not sure it'll ever catch on. Good concept though.

  2. I agree, I'm not sure that Google+ is a good fit for most people; being able to have full sized pictures would be great, but the fee, as well as such a smaller demographic that really desires that for a price, a little out there to me.

  3. I'm starting to think I should use Google+ more often over Facebook… I like that it is so easy to share things with specific people – a lot easier than Facebook. And I think we retain the rights to our own photos, which is not the case with Facebook I think?