Google Photos is an app that provides users with unlimited photos and videos storage but starting from 6 December 2018, it will now take up storage space when users upload unsupported videos.

While unsupported videos will start to take up space, those that were uploaded before 6 December will remain unaffected. When users upload photo and video files onto Google Photos, the files are usually compressed which cause a loss in quality so to solve the issues, there are users who upload unsupported formats such as RAW so that they can still get high quality files, but with the new update, it seems like they will be unable to do so any longer.

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However, if you’re one of the casual users that are not doing any professional work that requires high quality videos, the new update probably will not affect you because Google Photos still supports many types of files such as .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv files for videos, and .jpg, .png, .webp and some RAW files for photos. The video files that are supported will also need to be at least 1 second long and playable when downloaded to user’s device. If the video is corrupted or less than a second, it will be considered as unsupported video.

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Simply put, the new update will probably be more impactful towards those who’ve been using the Google Photos for professional work, while the casual smartphone users who maybe just save videos and photos for their personal purposes will likely to be unaffected.

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