Good news for photo fans on Google+ as the tech giant has now enabled users to upload full-size photos to Google+. That is, you’ll be able to upload your photos with highest resolutions and not lose any details. Tough time for Flickr and other popular photo sharing sites.
However, users are limited to 2048 pixel-wide photos, and any photo beyond this threshold (over 2048 x 2048 pixels) will take up space on your Google Drive (5GB free storage) included with your Google+ account.
In December last year, Google enabled full-size backups of Android photos, and today Google’s John Emerson announced in a post about the latest addition to the desktop site. “Today we’re making it possible upload full-size photos from your desktop — whether you’re updating your profile photo, creating a new album to share, or backing up pictures from a recent vacation,” Jon Emerson explained.
To enable full-size desktop uploads, all you need to do is visit your settings at www.google.com/settings/plus, and enable “Upload my photos at full size” by checking it. Please be aware that any photo that is larger than 2048px will count towards your Google Drive storage. However, photo storage at 2048px or smaller remains free and unlimited. Additionally, you can buy more Google storage capacity at $2.49 a month for 25GB or $4.99 a month for 100GB.
The full-size photo uploading feature will now complement the pan and zoom feature that was launched in January this year. Users have to simply open a large photo in the lightbox and then, depending on how they want to view it, can either use their mouse wheel to zoom in or out and/or click and drag to pan right, left, up or down.
Google+ is getting better with very new feature added to it. With full-size photo uploads, Google+ will now compete with popular photo sharing sites Flickr and 500px.