Shared drives limits

There are limits to the number of items, members, and daily uploads you can have in shared drives.

Limits for members and items

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Maximum items in a shared drive
A shared drive can contain a maximum of 400,000 files and folders. 
For ease of use, we recommend that you keep shared drives well below the strict limit. Users of shared drives with too many files might have difficulty organizing and finding items, or ignore much of the content.
Maximum daily uploads
Individual users can only upload 750 GB each day between My Drive and all shared drives. Users who reach the 750-GB limit or upload a file larger than 750 GB will not be able to upload additional files that day. Uploads that are in progress will complete. The maximum individual file size that you can upload or synchronize is 5 TB.
Folder limits
A folder in a shared drive can support up to 20 levels of nested folders.
We do not recommend creating a large number of folders in one shared drive. Users might have difficulty organizing and finding content. Instead, you can organize content into multiple shared drives.
Membership limits
You can add users and groups in Google Groups to a shared drive. A group and a user both count as one member.
If you add a user who is a member of multiple groups that are members of the shared drive, the user only counts as one member.
Members Limit
Users and groups


Total individuals (users and group members) 50,000
Maximum shared drives that appear in Drive
A maximum of 1,000 shared drives appear in the navigation list in Google Drive. You can still access additional shared drives using the direct URL.

 Avoid exceeding limits

  • Use Google Groups for membership—Large organizations should manage membership using Google Groups instead of adding individual users. For details, see Add new members.
  • Keep track of hidden shared drives—If you hide a shared drive, its files, folders, and members still count toward the limits for shared drives. For details on hiding or unhiding a shared drive, see Hide a shared drive.
  • Empty the trash for shared drives—Items that are not permanently deleted from the shared drive's trash still count toward the limits for the shared drive.
  • Use shared drives for specific projects—Make sure shared drives are organized for projects and teams instead of general-purpose file storage.


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