When Is Flickr Free and How Much Can It Cost?

Last updated: April 25, 2017 - 4:33pm EDT

Now that you’ve learned about what Flickr is and how it works, you might be curious about how much it could potentially cost you to use the site. In this article, we’ll go over when Flickr is free and how much it can cost if you decide to pay for additional features.

Is Flickr free?

Yes, you can sign up and use Flickr for free, but doing so comes with certain limitations. However, Flickr also offers two paid subscription options that remove some of these limitations and give you some other added benefits. Some of the paid benefits include advanced features, and no ads.

Let’s go over the different types of accounts, what each of them cost, and what features each one has to offer. This should help you decide which type of account will best suit your needs.

Flickr account types

Flickr has three types of accounts: Flickr Free, Flickr Pro, and Flickr Pro +.

Flickr Free

COST: Free

FEATURES AND LIMITATIONS:

  • 1 terabyte (that's 1000 gigabytes or 1,000,000 megabytes!) of memory storage space
  • Upload photos of up to 200 megabytes in memory storage size
  • Upload videos of up to 1 gigabyte in memory storage size and up to 3 minutes in length
  • Download your original photos as many times as you like
  • Advertisements will appear when you browse or share photos

Flickr Pro

COST: $5.99/month

FEATURES:

  • Advanced photo stats that show how often they're viewed and how people find them
  • Removal of advertisements when you browse or share photos

If you subscribe to the monthly Flickr Pro plan, you get five bonus features:

  1. 20% off the first year of a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography program (which allows you to use the Creative Cloud editions of photo editing programs Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom CC for one year)
  2. Free standard shipping (and 50% off international shipping) on photo-related merchandise orders from Flickr that total over $25 (includes things such as photo books and wall hangings)
  3. Ad free browsing and sharing
  4. Desktop Auto-Uploadr – automatically adds photos from your computer to your account
  5. Advanced stats on your photos

Flickr Pro +

COST: $49.99/year

FEATURES:

  • Advanced photo stats that show how often they're viewed and how people find them
  • Removal of advertisements when you browse or share photos

If you subscribe to the monthly Flickr Pro+ plan, you get the same five bonus features as with Flickr Pro, but you save money by paying yearly instead of monthly.

Can you pay for more storage on Flickr?

Unfortunately, no, you can’t pay for more storage. Flickr used to have an alternative account option called “Doublr,” which allowed users to pay a whopping $499/year to get an additional terabyte of storage. However, a couple of years ago, Flickr decided to do away with this account option.

Flickr no longer allows users to pay for more storage, even if you pay for one of their Pro or Pro+ subscriptions. Even though the storage limit for all of the account options is limited to one terabyte, you probably won’t ever use up that much storage space. If you’re interested in trying out a different photo-sharing website that does allow you to purchase additional storage, have a look at our Flickr alternatives article to learn about some other options.

 

That's a bit about the (potential) costs involved in using Flickr! To learn more about the photo sharing platform, be sure to read the rest of our free Flickr course. We’ll teach you the basics, like how to upload photos, as well as more advanced features, like how to organize your photos into albums and collections.

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