Enable Unlimited Google Photos Storage & Pixel Exclusive Wallpapers on Any Android Phone
Step-2 Copy the Xml file you just downloaded.
Step-3 Just paste it in /system/etc/sysconfig.
Step-4 And then, set the file permissions to 644 (rw-r–r–).
Step-5 Reboot your phone.
Step-6 Go to the Settings page for Google Photos and wipe Google Photos’ app data.
Photos will now think that you’re using a Pixel, and as such, you should be greeted by a dialog saying that you’re now able to use unlimited storage on your Google Pixel device. Also, you should now have access to more wallpaper categories on the Google Wallpapers app, as well as access to the default Pixel 2 wallpaper on the Urbane category.
Optional Build.Prop Edits if Necessary
Just placing the file in the sysconfig directory should be enough for most devices. If, however, placing the above file didn’t work for you, you will have to get your hands even dirtier. Download BuildProp Editor and then find and change/set the following build.prop values:
Update 1 – Magisk Module
Here’s a Magisk Module by XDA Senior Member dariomrk in case you want to make these changes systemlessly (and thus pass SafetyNet).
Update 2 – Further Testing
Redditor /u/stek29 has performed some more testing of this trick and has discovered that you may not need to wipe data in Google Photos, the file need not be named nexus.xml, and that the only flag being checked for is apparently NEXUS_PRELOAD.
Update 3 – Uploads May Still Count Against Drive Storage
We’re hearing reports that this trick was discovered by the team over at OpenGapps a few months back and was quietly patched by Google already. In that case, applying this trick will still result in uploaded photos to apply against your Google Drive storage (ie. it doesn’t work). We haven’t confirmed this ourselves, but if/when we do we will update the above tutorial.
Update 4 – Google Photos Unlimited Storage Not Working, Pixel Wallpapers Still Work
I have confirmed that photos uploaded in “original quality” using this trick still count against your Drive storage. My Drive shows that I uploaded 0.2GBs of photos and videos from yesterday. This means that the trick was patched, likely when it was discovered by the people over at OpenGapps. It’s strange that this trick somehow still triggers Google Photos into showing you the original quality onboarding message, though.