Options for adding Drive storage

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

If you have G Suite 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.

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.

If you're using G Suite Basic, you can upgrade to G Suite Business 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.

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:

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

No free storage quotas
Pooled storage limits

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