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  1. You may soon save Chrome passwords to your Google Account, even if Sync is disabled Google is testing a new feature in the company's Chrome web browser currently that allows Chrome users to save passwords in Chrome to a Google Account; this will work even if sync is not enabled in the browser. Google Chrome supports saving passwords locally regardless of sign-in state of the user or sync-state. The option is enabled by default and users may disable it, e.g. when they are using a password manager to save passwords. Chrome users may sign-in to the browser to link their account to it, but this won't enable Sync functionality. Sign-ins happen when a user opens a Google property to sign-in using the Chrome browser. Sync needs to be enabled independently of that so that synced data is synchronized between different Chrome installations. The new option to save to a Google Account looks on first glance very similar to Sync, as it provides users with remote storage for saved passwords. One of the main differences is that access to the saved passwords may now be offered on additional devices and applications, independent of Chrome. Google benefits from this as well, as Chrome users who don't use Sync might use the option to save passwords to their Google Account, giving Google more control over the data. The experimental feature landed in Chrome 89 and needs to be enabled before it becomes available. Once enabled, and without Sync enabled, you may open Chrome's password management page by pointing the browser to this URL: chrome://settings/passwords Check "Saved Passwords"; you should see "You can also show passwords from your Google Account here. Additionally, you may get the new "move to Google Account" option for saved passwords that are not stored there yet when you click on the three dots next to a saved password. Google Chrome displays an option to sign-in using passwords saved to the Google Account during sign-in when you select the username or password field. If you use a password that is not stored in the Google Account, you get a prompt to move it to the Google Account to access it from everywhere you are signed-in to the account, and if you sign-up, you get the option to save the account credentials locally or in the Google Account. How to enable the feature in Chrome Canary Google added the feature to its Canary version of the Chrome browser. You need to do the following to enable it: Load chrome://flags in the browser's address bar. Search for "account data storage". Set the flag "Enable the account data storage for passwords" to Enabled. Set the flag "Enable IPH for the account data storage for passwords" to Enabled. Restart Google Chrome. All that is left to make sure of is that Sync is not enabled. Closing Words The feature is experimental at this point in time, and it is possible that it will get removed before it lands in Stable. It looks however as if it could become the new default option for all Chrome users who are signed in to Chrome but have not turned on Sync. Account Credentials are stored independently of the Chrome browser, and that would provide users with access to them in other apps and when using devices that Chrome is not available for. You may soon save Chrome passwords to your Google Account, even if Sync is disabled
  2. How to free up storage space in your Google account Google announced some major changes coming to its storage policy next year. The modifications are going to have a major impact as it would affect a large majority of existing Google/Gmail account holders. As a part of the change, Google is doing away with the free unlimited High quality photo backup option in Google Photos from June 2021. All new files and documents created in Google Sheets, Docs, Forms, and other Google services will also start counting against your 15GB storage quota from June next year. These are some major changes from Google and if you heavily rely on various Google services and have been using Gmail and/or Google Photos for a long time, you are bound to hit that 15GB storage quota sooner than later. If you are worried about the upcoming storage policy from Google, you can prepare for it better by freeing up storage space in your Google or Gmail account by deleting junk files and emails. Read our guide below to know how you can easily free up storage space in your Google or Gmail account. Get an overview of storage used Before you get around to freeing up storage space in your Google account, it helps to first get an overview of how storage is being used in your account. It is possible that a large chunk of space in your Google account is being taken up by photos or by a few large files that you had uploaded to Google Drive a few years ago and completely forgotten about. You can head over to this Google One page to get an overview of the storage used across various Google services including Drive, Photos, and family sharing. Use Google Storage manager Google itself offers a storage manager that one can use to free up storage space in their Google account. The storage manager provides users with an overview of the amount of space they can free up by deleting emails from Gmail, emptying Spam emails, and removing all the large files occupying space in Google Drive, and more. Delete old emails manually If you have been using Gmail for a long time, it is likely that you have accumulated a lot of junk and irrelevant emails with large attachments. Individually, these emails might not matter but add up years of emails and they can easily occupy a couple of gigabytes or more. It is best to delete such emails. You can search for "has:attachment" in the Gmail search box to filter emails with attachments and then delete all old emails that you don't need. You can also filter large and heavy emails by using "larger:10mb" as a search term. You can change the '10' in the search term as per your requirements. This way you can quickly find heavy emails and delete them to free up space. You can also export old and important emails from your Gmail account using MailStore, a free email archiving software. Once exported, you can then delete all the old emails to free up storage space in your Google account. Compress existing photos in Google Photos If you have been backing up photos to Google Photos in original quality, it is recommended that you switch to 'High' quality mode. This will compress all your existing photos and ensure that they do not count against your 15GB storage quota. However, this trick will only work until June 2021 though as after that, photos uploaded in High quality will also count against your Google account storage. Regardless, compressing images can free up storage for more pictures, letting the 15GB storage last longer. To convert your existing photos to High quality, go to the Google Photos website on your PC, click on the cog/Settings icon on the top-right corner, and select the High quality option. You will automatically get a prompt asking if you would like to convert your existing original quality photos to high quality and the amount of storage space you would free up in the process. This will also ensure that all photos and videos you back up to Google Photos going forward are also compressed and stored in High quality. Alternatively, you can use the Recover storage option to compress your existing photos and videos to high quality as well. Empty Google Drive bin If you use Google Drive to share and send files to your friends or family or to back up important files, you should go ahead and check its trash. I managed to free up over 20GB of space by simply emptying my Google Drive bin. Google itself has begun deleting items in the trash that are older than 30 days. Stop using Backup & Sync If you use Google's Backup & Sync to backup files on your PC to Google Drive, you should stop using it. Instead, you can use Dropbox for the same purpose. Alternatively, you can also create a separate Google account just to backup files on your PC. If you have a lot of large files on your PC, then this is the ideal solution as it ensures they don't take up space in your primary Google account. Buy Google One storage Ultimately, if all the above steps do not help in freeing up enough storage space in your Google account, your only option is to go ahead and buy additional storage for your account using Google One. The good thing is that the pricing is pretty reasonable, with Google charging $1.99/month for 100GB of additional storage. This should be enough for most users. And if you are a power user, Google recently slashed the pricing on its 10TB and higher Google One storage plans by over 50%. Subscribing to a Google One storage plan entitles you to other benefits as well including priority access to Google support, discounts on hotels and flight bookings, free VPN service, and more. The additional storage you buy can also be used by your family members making it a very cost-effective solution. How to free up storage space in your Google account
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