Google offers Pixel-Phone customers "Unlimited Full resolution photo and video backup". Does anyone know how Google handle this?

I can imagine 3 options - but does anyone know which one matches or how it will be handled exactly?

Three thoughts:

  1. For instance, someone is buying the phone via the Playstore online with his google account and he wants to give it away as a gift.
    Does the unlock only counts for the user who bought the phone?

  2. or will it be activated for the person who activates/registers the phone the first time with a Google account?

  3. or does this always counts for any further user of the Pixel-Phone? Let's say Google Drive excludes the space-calculation for any picture/video which was taken with a Pixel-Phone?

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    Umm... I don't think the "customer" gets that, the device does... Basically if a pic/video is synced to Google Photo by a Pixel device, the space it consumes doesn't count against your account.
    – acejavelin
    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:16
  • @acejavelin ok - so option 3 would be the one you expect?
    – Cadburry
    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:17
  • Yes... #3 is my guess... The other 2 options don't make sense. Google has not been forthcoming with this information, and it hasn't been out long enough to figure it out yet.
    – acejavelin
    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:22

2 Answers 2


From Google Product Pixel help

Question: ....Do you think that the unlimited photo/video backup will be tied to

1) a single account,

2) any account that is signed in on the Pixel

3) any photo/video with Pixel in the EXIF info or

4) something else entirely?

This question is pretty similar to what you are asking

Answer: Essentially you can only backup to one account at a time. the unlimited storage applies to that account. If you switch the account that you backup to , then the unlimited storage applies to that account.

(Emphasis Supplied)

IMO , applying this to your options

  • Option 1: Not Applicable - since it is not yet tired to your account, you can buy and gift it to your friend

  • Option 2: Yes, as long as the person continues to use it

  • Option 3: Counter starts afresh for new user

While this is not the official explanation from Google, it does seem logical


The offer only applies to a single Google account that is signed in on the Pixel, and only photos and video taken on that device is counted under the unlimited quota.

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