Google Photos vs. Amazon Photos: which one best suits your needs?


Cloud storage is one of the most efficient ways to store your photos and videos. Gone are the days when you had to keep them safe in hard-drives, USB drives, and more. Now, you can automatically sync your photos and check them anytime you want. The two most popular cloud storage options are Google Photos and Amazon Photo storage. In this article, we will do a Google Photos vs Amazon Photos comparison and we will check which one is the best for your needs.

There are 5 important things in deciding which cloud storage platform is the best including Platforms, Storage limit & Media Quality, Organization, Sharing, and finally the Cost. In platforms, we will discuss whether cloud storage has its own app and if it is available on different platforms. Storage is a very important part because at the end of the day you have to store data. And other features will also be discussed. Let’s start the Google Photos vs Amazon Photos comparison!

1. Platforms

Google Photos has its own app on two major platforms including Android and iOS. For PC, you can use the official Backup & Sync app for Microsoft Windows. It allows you to sync photos available on your PC to Google Photos. You can also access Google Photos in your favorite browser.  I have personally used the Android app of Google Photos and it works extremely well. The user interface is kept simple as-well.

On the other hand, Amazon Photos is also available on two major platforms including Android and iOS. I did not find the Amazon Photos app for PC. Although, Amazon Photo Storage is also available on other Amazon products including Fire TV devices and Fire Tablets. This functionality is not available on Google Photos. Well, I have to say it is a tie in terms of platforms. Both of the services have their own app on Android & iOS. Google does have the Back & Sync for PC while Amazon has support for its Fire devices. If you have the Fire devices, then Amazon Photo storage has an additional benefit here.

2. Storage Limit & Media Quality

Google recently announced that unlimited storage is finally ending for Google Photos. Unfortunately, you will not have the unlimited feature from June 21, 2021. This means you can only use the storage from 15GB given to you from Google One subscription. This is free data given to every Google user for storing data on Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

Google Photos vs. Amazon Photos: which one best suits your needs?

On the other hand, Amazon Photo Storage lets Prime Users store an unlimited amount of photos. While there is a limit of 5 GB for storing videos and other content. Free users get 5 GB of photo and video storage. So, it is 15GB vs 5GB for free users. But here is a catch. Google Photos do not let you store photos of full-resolution. On the other hand, Amazon Photo Storage lets you store in full-resolution. This is a big pro, and hence for Storage Limits & Quality, Amazon Photo Storage is the clear winner.

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3. Organization

Both are very good in the organization. Both of them can arrange your photos. For example, if I want to search the images of the beach, I will just have to search “beach” and it will show all the photos having a beach. They are powerful enough to sort out people as-well. Both can automatically generate folders for different people and places. Hence, it’s again a tie.

4. Sharing

Sharing is a very important feature of a cloud service app. Fortunately, both of these apps have this feature. On Google Photos, you can share your media through a link, phone number, email, or social media apps. You may create a shared album with another user. 

Google Photos vs. Amazon Photos: which one best suits your needs?

Amazon Photos also enables you to share your images via a link, email, and social media apps. However, on Amazon Photo Storage, there is a feature called “Family Vault.” It lets you create a shared photo archive consisting of a total of 6 people. This feature lets other people add photos to make a family album. I really like this feature of Amazon Photos. In a nutshell, both of these services are good at sharing but Amazon will take a lead here with the Family Vault feature.

5. Cost

In the Google Photos vs Amazon Photos comparison, costs play a major part. Apart from the 15GB free data on Google One, you will have to pay $19.99 annually or $1.99 a month for 100 GB of storage. There are more options including 200 GB storage for $29.99 annually or $2.99 a month. 2 TB storage will set you back for $99.99 annually or $9.99 a month.

On the other hand, Amazon Photo Storage allows Prime users to store unlimited photos and up to 5 GB of videos. If storing videos is your main priority, then you opt for more data without Prime. 100 GB will cost $19.99 annually or $1.99 monthly. While 1 TB costs $59.99 annually or $6.99 monthly. In a nutshell, Amazon Prime is a winner here. With a Prime subscription, you can store unlimited photos. I think it’s a pretty good deal considering Prime membership costs $12.99 per month or $119 annually.

Verdict: Google Photos VS Amazon Photo Storage

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, then Amazon Photo Storage is the one for you. There are changes you have the Fire tablets or TV which is also supported. Plus, the full quality support on Amazon Photo storage is a big benefit. But if you are a non-Amazon Prime user, well Google Photos might be a better one for you. Google Photos popularity is a clear advantage. Chances are you are already using Google Photos, and migrating all your data will be a headache. But if migrating is not an issue for you, then Amazon Photo Storage with Prime subscription is the winner.

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