Manage your online storage quota

Learn how to free up storage space.

You can store up to 15 GB of content shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos for free. If you’re approaching the 15 GB limit or if you've run out of storage, you can purchase additional storage or reduce your storage usage.

Purchase a Google Drive storage plan

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

You can also delete the files that are using the most storage space. Here’s how:

  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.