Since 1st June, Google photos uses the same storage quota as Google drive. Unless you have a Pixel phone, all photos and videos uploaded via Google photos app will consume your Google Drive storage.Google Photos and Google Drive are two different things.
Syncing photos with Google Photos doesn't count against your quota (storage saver, compressed by Google) when Google thinks you have a Pixel phone.
Syncing photos with Google Drive will reduce your free space and it's been that way for a very long time
You also get free storage when using the right custom ROM for our phone or a Magisk module. See screenshot above
This one here should work:
1. All valuable files backed up on PC, Migrate archive created last week also copied to PC.
Cr is my daily driver and am good. Sot is 7-8h, not gaming, social, youtube, browsing, etc... Once i checked it was almost 11h.
*** Disclaimer I am not responsible for any damage you made to your device You have been warned