Options for adding Drive storage

This feature is not available with G Suite for Nonprofits or the legacy free edition of G Suite. These customers can upgrade to G Suite Basic to get this feature. Nonprofits customers can also buy individual storage instead.

If you're approaching the storage limit in Google Drive or have run out of storage, you have options to create more space.

Get more storage space

Upgrade to unlimited storage

If you're using G Suite Basic, you can upgrade to G Suite Business or G Suite Enterprise for unlimited storage (1 TB per user with 4 or fewer users).

Once you have unlimited storage, you don't need to purchase Drive storage licenses. 

Buy more storage licenses

If you're a resold customer, contact your reseller for extra storage licenses.

Increase a user's storage space

See how much space a user has

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Users.
  3. In the active user list, find a specific user. In the Drive usage and Total storage columns, you can see the user's space details. A user's total storage is the sum of assigned licenses.

    Don't see the Usage or Storage columns? In the top toolbar, click More Settings > Select columns to add them.

Tip: Users can go to Drive storage to see how much storage they have. They can go to Drive quota to see what files use the most storage.

Assign a larger storage license

To give a user more storage space:

  1. Unassign the current Drive storage license.
  2. Assign a bigger license.

Note: A user can have 1 individual license, plus 1 additional storage license assigned by an administrator (for example, a 30GB individual license plus an additional 1TB license assigned by an administrator).

Remove large files to free up space

Drive storage includes more than just files. Gmail messages, Google Photos, and files all count towards filling up your Drive storage.

  • Gmail—As a G Suite administrator, you can reduce a user's email storage space. Learn more
  • Drive—Individual users can delete large files and then empty their trash. Learn more
  • Google Photos—Individual users can delete large photos and videos from their photo library. Learn more

Not sure what your Drive storage limit is?

Drive storage is shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. The amount of free storage for each user depends on the type of your account:

  • G Suite Basic
30 GB
  • G Suite Business
  • G Suite for Education
  • G Suite Enterprise
  • G Suite Enterprise for Education
Unlimited storage
(1 TB if 4 or fewer users)
  • Legacy free edition of G Suite
  • Individual consumer accounts
15 GB
  • G Suite Essentials

No free storage quotas
Pooled storage limits

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