It was recently reported that Pixel 4 users will not get free original quality image backup for
. Days later, another report suggested that it is not the case for iPhone users as they continue to get free backup for photos in original format. Now, a fresh report has emerged online confirming the same and saying Google is working to fix this ‘bug’.
According to a report by Android Police, Google has indeed confirmed this anomaly and calls it a ‘bug’ that will be fixed soon. The report cites a Google spokesperson saying “We are aware of this bug and are working to fix it.”
To understand it better,
users till now could upload original quality images in Google Photos for free. This, however, is not the case for Pixel 4 series phones. Instead, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL users will get free backup for compressed images only. To upload original quality images in Google Photos, one needs to have a premium (paid in simple terms) Google account.
Interestingly, this did not change for iPhone users as pointed out by a
user who goes by the name ‘stephenvsawyer’. The Reddit user said that iPhone users continue to get original quality image backup on Google by simply clicking photos in HEIC/HEIF format by default. This is because compressing HEIC/HEIF format images will actually make it larger. Thus, saving high quality images (free) instead of original quality (paid) on Google Photos
app would mean extra storage cost for Google. All this Apple iPhone users get without paying anything to Google, the Reddit user added.
This, however, is set to change as reported by Android Police report. Although it is yet not clear whether Google will start charging for HEIC images stored in Google Photos app for iOS or will forcibly compress the photos to JPEG.