Google Announces Full Resolution Photo Uploads for Google+


A couple of weeks ago, we shared a hack by photographer Trey Ratcliff that allowed you to upload your photos to Google+ at full resolution by using Google Drive. Android users could already upload full-sized photos from their phone, the hack simply allowed desktop users to do the same.

Fortunately, the hack is no longer necessary now that Google has caught on and integrated the ability right into Google+ itself.

All you need to do to start uploading photos greater than the previous maximum 2,048 pixels across is go into your Google+ settings and check “Upload my photos at full size.” Once this is done, any photo you upload, regardless of resolution, will go up without you needing to change URLs or mess with anything.


Just like the hack, however, there is a catch. Uploads higher in resolution than the previous max will count against the 5GB of free storage Google offers for this and Google Drive. If you plan on uploading more than 5GB of high-res photography, you’ll need to buy more storage at $2.50 a month for 25GB, $5 a month for 100GB, and so on and so forth all the way up to a 16TB max.

The update is another welcome addition for pros and enthusiasts alike that are becoming more and more impressed with Google’s commitment to photography as time goes on. And with pan and zoom capabilities now well established, full-res photos will be particularly fun to browse on Google’s social network.

(via Jon Emerson via Engadget)

  • Martin Beaumont

    Are there any implications to uploading hi res and what are the benefits aside from zooming in when 2048 pixels displays well enough?

  • Sascha Rheker

    I can’t see any real benefits, too.

    If Google someday decides to sell your pictures, the might benefit from High-Res pictures…

  • Antonio Carrasco

    2048 pixels should be more than enough resolution for images to be displayed on the web. I think uploaded full resolution 12 or 24 megapixel files is just asking for your work to be stolen and reused.

  • Neoracer Xox

    Good luck trying to figure it out the google interface, its confusing as ******

  • Thomas Hawk

    This is a welcome move. We have to plan for tomorrow, not for today. Displays are getting larger and larger and higher and higher res. Photos on my 63 inch plasma in my living room are noticeably better at full high res than downsized to 2048. 2048 may be fine for most phones and laptops today, but it’s better to prepare for a world of tomorrow when more and more people consume photos through large living room screens and huge monitors on other devices.

    What Google has done right is giving users a CHOICE. Nobody has to use high res uploads, but if a user wants they have this option. I upload all my photos full high res to Flickr. I probably won’t to Google, only because I don’t like the pricing schedule. Flickr’s all you can eat $24.95 plan is a better plan.

    I also like having full high res versions online because I can simply send someone a link to the highres version when they license a photo from me directly. This is easier than having to mess around with actually getting them a file. Also by hosting my images full high res on Flickr it serves as a sort of backup in the cloud for that particular image. I’ve already got a pretty good backup strategy, but my full res original in the cloud on Flickr or G+ now is one more layer.

    I uploaded a high res photo to G+ the other day and I probably still will upload some periodically. It also gives people the ability to zoom in on an image with greater clarity if they want to see more of a photo’s detail.

    Nice move on Google’s part. Hopefully it pressures Facebook into doing the same.

  • lidocaineus

    Just a point of information – your TV’s resolution automatically tosses out the extra pixels and downsizes to 1920×1080; higher resolutions won’t really help.

  • Thomas Hawk

    my experience is that the full sized high res photos look better than the downsized 2048 sized images. I’m not sure why.

  • James

    My phone reset and changed all my new uploads to Hi Res, thus spending all my 5gb of Drive space! Does anyone know a simple way to search for the high res photos that got uploaded and if possible to re-upload them in standard quality? Thanks!

  • Collin M. Barrett

    I want to know this, too!

  • PotentialChromie

    +1. I’m also trying to figure this out.

  • gulkamran