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Warning: If you are not using Blogger, do not read this post. It contains information you really don’t want to know. Trust me on this.

After Val asked me what to do about running out of storage on her blogger blog, I made some discoveries while looking into the issue.never run out of storage on blogger

File Size Matters

Blogger gives 1 gigabyte storage on their free blogs. Most people get into trouble using up the allotted space because of the large images they upload. Most bloggers don’t realize that an image size can be rather small and still look good on a computer screen. I show an example of this in an earlier post, Resize Your Photos. As a rule of thumb upload photos that are 150 to 300kb in size or 900×600 pixels. Which one you use depends on which photo editor you have.

Side benefits to resizing is faster uploading of the images for you and quicker site loading for your readers.

Where’s the limit?

Blogger uses Picasa Web Albums to store images. The following is a quote from google support.

Picasa Web Albums offers 1 GB of free storage for photos and videos. However, files under certain size limits don’t count towards this free storage limit. This applies to uploads for other Google product that store photos and videos in Picasa Web Albums, including Blogger, Google+ and Google Maps.

Photos up to 800 x 800 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won’t count towards your free storage.

What does this mean? That if you upload your images under the above mentioned size, you shouldn’t run out of storage! Isn’t that cool? But is it true? Let’s find out.

Find Your Number

Did you know you can check how much space you have used of the 1gb storage? Go to Picasa Web Albums and log in with your google password. At the bottom of the page you will see something similar to this…

storage amount

This number is my storage amount for all my google images of which there are 1,397. That’s right. I have 1,397 images and have used 0%. This is impressive but there is something else…

The Other Limit

Besides the storage limits there are Account Upload limits.

Maximum number of photos per web album: 1,000

Every time you add a photo to your blog it is assigned to an album with your blog’s name as the album title. Each album’s capacity is 1000 photos.

Once you go over that 1000 limit, Picasa Web should create a new album for your blog to store another 1000 pictures. Here’s a catch: adding that 1001st picture has to be done with your computer NOT your smart phone. (Are you pulling your hair out yet?)

What Have We Learned?

I have spent more time researching this than I care to admit. Once I learned one thing I would click to another page and find out more. Then I would search forums and blogs to know if there were ways around the limits. It is never ending really. So, I’ll break it down into two things to remember:

  1. Reduce the size of your pictures to be uploaded to 800×800 pixels. This will not be counted in your storage limit.
  2. When you come to the album’s 1000 photo limit, upload the next photo with your computer (not your smartphone or tablet just to be safe)

Finally

There is this from google support:

When you reach your storage limit, any new photos you upload to Picasa Web larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 800 pixels (on their longest edge).

So if you are over the 1gb limit and can’t upload any more photos to blogger, try reducing the size to less than 800 pixels before uploading. From what the support states, you should be able to.

If you’ve done all that I have prescribed above and continue to get the “Photo Limit Reached” box, you will have to use a photo link from a new Picasa Web album or Photobucket. I described this in my previous post.

For those who didn’t heed my warning: In the next post, I’ll cover wordpress.com’s storage limit.

Tell me: Has this helped or confused you Blogger bloggers?


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  • Thanks for the post!  I actually got the message last week that I had used up all my free space.  I had found that I needed to resize, but didn’t go so far as to find out that at 1000 photos I would be in trouble again.  Have a great day!

    • @A Kansas Farm Mom You shouldn’t be in trouble. Just something to be aware of if you post with your phone or tablet. Picasa should open an new album for your blog automatically.

  • I wanted to add that Picasa Web does have a limit to 10,000 albums per account. So if you use up the 10,000 albums at 1000 photos per album that is the dead stop limit. In reality you could run out of storage, if you blog til you’re 95.
    Blog on!

  • I’ve already told you thanks for all your help with this but I’m telling you again – thanks!

  • ARS

    I’ve done what you suggested and posted up to my 1,000 picture limit and posted my next blog with 3 photos from a desktop which did create a new album but I’m still having a problem posting new blogs from the iPad.

    • Be sure that you log in to picasa on your ipad; so it recognizes you.
      The only other thing you can do is upload the pic to picasa then add the image with a link in your post. Not ideal but can be done.
      Hopefully you get this worked out.

  • I like blogger for posting blogs and Image. But I found a website for Image Upload http://www.basepic.com/

  • johnlatrobe

    You probably know things have changed a lot with Google since you originally posted this but I thought I’d bring it up for anyone else who finds your blog. I’ve been using Google Drive to create and store docs, and decided to look at blogger. Back in May 2013 Google grouped their services together and bumped up the free storage to 15 GB so I was concerned about the 1 GB storage limit on Blogger. As far as I can tell, since Blogger uses Picasa Web, and Picasa Web was absorbed into Google+, the 1 GB Blogger limit is gone. Also, free image size has grown to 2048 x 2048. Here’s a link where you can check your own storage:
    https://www.google.com/settings/storage/summary
    Of course I may be wrong, and it does require a free Google+ account.

    • lili

      Very useful thanks. I don’t know if it’s still valid.

  • Reyna

    Hi, I did this and deleted all my photos so I could clean out my storage and start anew but it still says: You are currently using 2297 MB (14.96%) of your 15360 MB. There are no photos in my albums, why would it still show this? Hope you can help! Thank you! (you can email me if you want at: reynalay@gmail.com

  • MUHAMMAD Qasim

    thanks..enjoyed your post!

  • 90ilsedenbesten

    It was really helpful and clearly explained! Thank you!

  • 90ilsedenbesten You are welcome.

  • stampnscrapjunkie

    This has been ssooo helpful! Thank you!

  • ccathsoon

    Thank you for this post – it was very helpful – I thought it might also be useful for people to know that your storage usage is also shared across your google drive and gmail so if you are utilizing these you will need to follow the same rules.

  • Astrid

    Thank you! This was very interesting. I’ve just started my blog and I’m glad I found it now and not when I’m over my limit.

  • Jaymee Anne Castillo

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’m just starting my blog too and kinda freaking out when I noticed that I’ve already used almost 4mb of around 11mb free storage for just 2 posts (I used dslr for those photos btw). Again, thank you it’s a very helpful post

  • lili

    Written in 2012, still working?

  • Very good read but have to say I switched to Tumblr because they don’t have a limit on what you can post and I don’t have to keep track of storage. There are also a lot more options and customization that you can do with Tumblr that you can’t do with Blogger.