Options for adding Drive storage

Supported editions for this feature: Business Starter; G Suite Basic. 

If you have Google Workspace for Nonprofits or the legacy free edition of G Suite, you can upgrade your edition to get more storage.  Compare your edition

If you're approaching the storage limit in Google Drive or have run out of storage, you have options to create more space. To check your storage limit, go to Compare Enterprise editions.

Get more storage space

Upgrade your edition for more storage

Instead of purchasing storage licenses, you can switch to a Google Workspace edition that gives you more storage per user. For details, go to Switch Google Workspace editions.

Buy more storage licenses

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

Grow your team (Essentials)

If you're using Essentials, you get an additional 100 GB of pooled storage for each new user who joins your team, until you reach the maximum of 2 TB. Learn how to invite users.

If you can’t invite more users or have already reached the storage limit, consider upgrading to Enterprise Plus.

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, Email usage, and Total storage columns, you can see the user's space details. A user's total storage is the sum of assigned licenses.

    Note: Usage columns are rounded to 2 decimals. Usage under 10 MB is shown as 0 GB.

    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 30 GB individual license plus an additional 1 TB 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 an 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 your type of account:

  • Frontline
2 GB per user
  • G Suite Basic

30 GB per user

  • Business Starter

30 GB per user

  • Business Standard

2 TB per user added to pooled storage*

  • Business Plus

5 TB per user added to pooled storage*

  • Enterprise editions

As much as you need.

For details, contact a Google Sales representative.

  • Essentials

100 GB per user added to pooled storage,
up to a maximum of 2 TB

  • G Suite Business

Unlimited storage
(1 TB if 4 or fewer users)

  • Education Fundamentals
  • Education Standard
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade*
  • Education Plus

100 TB pooled cloud storage

Additional storage:

  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade—100 GB per user
  • Education Plus—20 GB per user
  • Individual personal accounts
  • Legacy free edition of G Suite

15 GB

*Requires 5 or more users (1 TB if 4 or fewer users).

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