Manage your online storage quota

You can store up to 15 GB of content shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos for free. If you use Google Apps at work or school, you have at least 30 GB of storage. If you’re approaching your limit or if you've run out of storage, you can buy storage or free up storage space.

If you choose to buy a storage plan, the plan you select will be your new total storage limit. For example if you choose 1 TB, your new total storage limit after buying the plan will be 1 TB.

Reduce your storage usage

Empty your Trash

Synced or uploaded files that are in your Trash use storage space (Google Docs don’t take up storage space). When you empty your Trash, permanently removing files and folders, you'll recover some of your storage quota. Here’s how to purge items from your Trash:

  1. Click More in the left navigation of your Google Drive.
  2. Select Trash.
  3. Click the Empty trash button, or select an item in the trash and click Delete forever.

Delete files that use the most storage

To delete files that are using the most storage space using the new Google Drive, follow these steps:

  1. Hover over your storage usage in the bottom left corner.
    • Don't see your storage usage in the corner? You may be using an older version of Drive. Try the alternate instructions below.
  2. Click Drive in the message that appears.
  3. You'll see all your files listed by file size.
  4. Select the file(s) that you'd like to delete and click the Trash icon .
  5. Select Trash from the left navigation.
  6. Click the Trash at the top, then click Empty trash or select an item in the trash and click Delete forever.

Alternate instructions

If you're using an older version of Drive, delete files that are using the most storage space:

  1. Click More in the left navigation.
  2. Click All items.
  3. Go to the Sort menu.
  4. Select "Quota used."
  5. Check the box next to file(s) taking up storage space that you'd like to delete and click the Trash icon.
  6. Select Trash from the left navigation.
  7. Click the Empty trash button, or select an item in the trash and click Delete forever.

Check your Google+ Photos storage use

If you've run out of storage, it's possible that you have items stored in Google+ Photos that are using your storage quota. Consider deleting unnecessary items from G+ Photos to recover some of the storage quota you'd like to use for Drive.

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