Many of you are questioning your Google One subscriptions –

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A few weeks ago, my colleague Rita El Khoury wrote that Google One had lost its appeal but was stuck in the service mainly because of Google Photos. We also asked our readers and YouTube subscribers what they thought of Google One. The results indicate growing discontent among those currently subscribed to Google One plans.

Our website and YouTube polls garnered more than 14,000 votes combined, and while many people said they plan to keep their Google One subscription, the reasons for sticking around come from compulsion, familiarity, and lacks better Google Photos alternatives than anything else.

The general sentiment of current subscribers should worry Google.

“It’s more expensive than other options available. But Google Drive’s forward and backward syncing capability is unprecedented, at least on Android. So until the day Microsoft or someone else offers similar sync and storage capabilities at a lower price, I can’t switch. I’m stuck,” said one YouTube user who voted in our poll.

At the same time, a large number of Google One subscribers are wondering whether to continue paying for their subscriptions or migrate to other cloud storage services. Of course, there are those who never subscribed to Google One and a small group of users who subscribed and moved on to other options. However, the general sentiment of current subscribers should worry Google.

“Google One scammed me by offering me a trial of their AI plan and obviously converted my 2TB plan to a 2TB AI plan. When I decided to go back to my regular plan, they saved four months and said my new renewal would be in August instead of December. This is a sort of “drop in the bucket” with Google. I bought a OneDrive plan (which is actually cheaper and gives each family user their own 1TB bucket and includes MS Office) and am upgrading to that. The tricky problem concerns – of course – the photos. I use Google Takeout to get all my photos back, but I’m still figuring out the best way to organize everything in OneDrive Pictures,” commented one Android Authority drive.

“I’ll just install a NAS on my own network and probably save all my photos there. I currently have a 2TB family plan and the only reason I bought it was for storage for photos. I have a Pixel and I use VPN but I can do without it. I wish there was a new kid on the phone game, but we’re stuck with Google or Apple services,” said another.

It looks like Google has its work cut out for it.

“I threw out Photos as soon as Google pulled the “free” rug out from under us because the writing was on the wall. Thanks to the draconian way Google has acted about YouTube and ads, I will not invest in any of their products or services in the future,” said one reader who left Google One altogether.

Meanwhile, many Google One users would like new additions to the service to make it more lucrative for them.

“I still hope Nest Aware and Fitbit subscriptions will be included, as they are in the UK. This would save me money and help me stay in the ecosystem,” said one user.

“I use cloud storage and YouTube Premium. I would like Google to merge these two subscriptions into one. But that will probably never happen,” said one of our YouTube subscribers. Another reader echoed this request, saying: “I hate paying for One and YouTube Premium. Give me a combined offer.

It looks like Google has its work cut out for it. The company recently announced that it was removing Google One VPN to make way for better features in Google One plans. We hope the company will listen to some of this user feedback and take the necessary steps to make Google One more attractive over time.

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