Google Photos changed the policy so that only Google Pixel owners get to upload to Google Photos for free.

If I own an iPhone and Google Pixel both connected to the same Google account, does iPhone also get unlimited uploads?


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The offer is device-dependent and only applicable for Pixel devices.

This is explained in more detail on Google Photos Help - Choose the upload size of your photos & videos under Android's tab - "Pixel storage info".

Important: If you have a Pixel 5 device or earlier, your current backup options and benefits remain unchanged. Photos and videos backed up in Storage saver quality (previously named High quality) from your Pixel 2-5 devices will continue to receive unlimited free storage. However, as of June 1, 2021 any new photos or videos you back up from other devices in Storage saver quality will count toward your Google Account storage.

(Emphasis mine)

Note that such info is not mentioned on the "Computer" tab and "iPhone & iPad" tab. Even for Android devices that are usually more prone to hack, the available hacks to disguise them as Pixel devices have also been patched.

The in-app Settings also makes it clear based on the device:

Left: Pixel 3a, "Free and unlimited on this device" | Right: Nexus 5, "Store more at a slightly reduced quality"

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