In November last year, Flickr announced that it would be reducing its free tier from 1TB of storage to 1,000 photos only. As part of the announcement, it gave users until February 5th to make the $50 Pro upgrade to their Flickr account or lose their images which would be deleted on said date. Thankfully, due to a strain on their servers resulting from the onslaught of download requests from users, that date has now been extended to March 12 — giving users a little more extra time.
What this means is that users now have an entire month with which they’ll decide whether to download their images and seek cloud storage elsewhere or simply go for the Pro upgrade.
“Based on feedback from our members and complications some members experienced when downloading photos Monday…we’ve decided to extend our deletion eligibility deadline.” — Scott Kinzie, VP, SmugMug.
Should users decide to go for downloading their data on Flickr, they have two options. The first option is to make the downloads in batches of 500 photos — since manual downloads are limited to 500. This option may not really be convenient for those with more than just a few thousand images to deal with. The second option is to place a request through your Flickr account page for a download file with all of your data. While that may take a few days, you’ll eventually receive an email with zip files containing your images.
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“Our goal has been to ensure that Flickr members have ample time to make an informed decision as to how they can best continue to protect and enjoy their photos on Flickr. Our foremost priority is to be certain that every Flickr member is aware that photographs may be at risk for deletion if they are stored in a Flickr Free account that has more than 1000 photos.” — Scott Kinzie