Having previously conducted a brief four-month test of a print subscription service, Google is now bringing it back with a renewed focus. The ‘Premium Print series from Google Photos‘, as it’s being called, will cost $6.99 + tax per month. That’s a dollar less than it used to cost. Your money will get you ten high-quality premium prints from your library straight to your doorstep (or more likely your mailbox) so that you can decorate your home with important memories, create scrapbooks, and share them with loved ones. Unlike the test pilot of the service, which randomly chose which prints you would receive and gave you minimal control, the new service will allow you to hand-pick and have full control instead. Google will use machine learning to automatically suggest photos, but you’re not locked into those suggestions.
You will have the ability to modify your selection at any point up until the photos ship and you can cancel at any time. You can also skip any month you wish, which seems to indicate that the service can be paused. This is important because it significantly reduces the risk and stress that comes with a subscription service, especially one as non-essential to daily living as this. Choose between a high-quality matte or glossy cardstock or even get the photo printed as a postcard. The date it was taken can be added to the back and you can choose a border too. Unfortunately, photo frames can not be added.
Additionally, the Walgreens near you has joined your local CVS and Walmart stores in printing photos for you through a same-day pickup service. As of today, you can begin ordering 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10 prints straight through the Google Photos app or website and drive down the street shortly afterward to pick them up. I’ve included all of the print options in the image below for your convenience. Photo books can now include up to 140 pages as well as a part of today’s announcement. Previously you could only get one printed with a max of 100 pages. Photo books, canvases, and individual prints remain separate from the new premium print subscription, though I imagine Google will roll everything into it eventually as the name alone does a great job of encompassing all of these offerings.
While a lot of outlets have reported that Google’s photo print subscription service failed miserably and that it became the newest member of the Google graveyard, it’s clear from the cancellation email we received in July that it was always Google’s intention to run a short test to receive feedback and then to provide a superior offering down the road. Let us know in the comments section if you would buy into such a service and whether or not you even get photos printed anymore.
“Thank you for your invaluable feedback these last several months. You have provided us with a lot of helpful information about how we can evolve this feature, which we hope to make more widely available. Please keep your eyes open for future updates.Google Photos print subscription cancellation email
Although we will be ending the trial program, we hope that you have experienced some joy from the prints you received along the way.”