Google Camera (GCam) has now received a new update for its version 8.1, bringing a new feature that could be extremely useful for many users. The new “Storage saver” mode has the main objective of helping users to save as much storage on their smartphone as possible, whenever necessary.
This new implementation could become even more important as of June 2021, as Google Photos will no longer offer unlimited storage. With these changes, many users may return to prefer to save their photos and videos only on the smartphone.
How “Storage saver” mode will work on Google Camera
First of all, it is important to note that this new feature can be configured so that it is active only when the smartphone’s internal memory drops by 1GB.
Basically, by activating this new feature, you will give Google Camera permission to considerably reduce the resolution of your photos and videos, so that they take up the minimum space possible on the smartphone.
As you can see in the image above, you will be able to access this feature following the path “Definitions — device storage — storage saver“.
Among the various changes that will be made automatically by the application, are:
- Photos will only be saved as JPEG (RAW format is no longer used)
- Videos will be stored in H.265 / HEVC
- “Live” images will be saved as traditional photos
- Photos will be saved at medium resolution
- Depth data for images will not be saved
- Video resolution will be limited to Full HD (1080p)
- Frames per second of videos will be limited to 30fps
Also in the “device storage” options you will soon find information about the status of your smartphone. At the top of the screen, a graph is displayed showing how much space you have on your smartphone and how many photos / videos it corresponds to.
Finally, still in this section, you will be able to take advantage of the shortcut to the Files by Google application that helps you free up space on your smartphone.
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