Google Adds Ability to Directly Save Photos From Your Gmail

An easier way to add to Google Photos

Google is making it even easier to save photos you receive in Gmail messages to your Google Photos account. 

The tech giant announced a new update on Wednesday that lets users save a photo they get in a Gmail message directly to their Google Photos account, thanks to a new "Save to Photos" button. Google said the feature frees users from having to download attachments from an email and then having to manually back them up in Google Photos. 

Saving a photo

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The feature is only available for JPEG images at this time. Gmail, Google Workspace, G Suite Basic, and G Suite Business users will be able to use the feature as it rolls out over the next week. 

Keep in mind that Google Photos is ditching its free unlimited storage tier next week and instead will start charging customers to store their photos, so you may want to take advantage of this new Save to Photos feature before June 1. 

Starting Tuesday, Google will start to charge users for storing more than 15GB of photos. The good news is, the images you currently have stored don’t count towards that 15GB cap, but if you need more storage, you’ll have to pay $1.99 a month for 100GB. 

"Keep in mind that Google Photos is ditching its free unlimited storage tier next week and will start charging customers to store their photos instead."

Google said in a recent blog post that more than 80% of Google Photos users should still be able to store roughly three more years of high-quality photos in the 15GB cap. If you near the 15GB cap, Google will notify you in the app and via email. 

Users could move to other photo storage alternatives like Flickr or Dropbox, but ultimately, you’ll run into a similar storage limit with these other sites, as well. 

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