How storage is counted in Google Drive on the web

Any file that you sync or upload to drive.google.com counts toward your storage limit.

While you may have a lot of files, folders, and Google Docs in your Google Drive, only items that you've synced or uploaded use storage space.

Items that don't count toward your storage limit

  • Google Docs (Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, etc.)
  • Files that others have shared with you

Tips to get the most out of your storage

  • Delete versions of files.
  • Empty your trash. Even items moved to Trash take up storage space.
  • Check if you're the owner. When you transfer a file's ownership, it no longer counts toward your storage limit.