Clear Google Drive space and increase storage

Your storage is shared across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos.

To see how much space you have left, on a computer, go to google.com/settings/storage .

Important: When your account reaches its storage limit, you can’t send or receive emails.

What uses your storage space

Items that take up space

Remove hidden data from apps in Google Drive

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. At the left, click Manage apps.
  4. If there's hidden data, you can find the amount under the app's description.
  5. To delete this data, click Options and then Delete hidden app data.
Items that don't take up space
  • Google Drive: ​Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites and files in 'Shared with me'. These files only take up space in the owner's Google Drive.
  • Google Photos: Photos and videos stored in 'High quality'.
Storage differences in Google Drive

Items in Google Drive for your computer take up a different amount of space than the same items at drive.google.com.

  • Items in your bin take up space in Google Drive, but aren't synced to your computer.
  • Shared items will take up space on your computer, but not in Google Drive.
  • Items that are in multiple folders will be synced to all folders on your computer, taking up more space.
  • If you only sync some folders to your computer, the storage on your computer will be less than what is shown on Google Drive.
  • Your computer may show a slightly different file size than drive.google.com due to Mac or PC requirements.
If you run out of space

If you've reached your storage limit or you've down graded your account and your files now exceed your storage space, you'll notice some restrictions. All of your current files will remain but you won't be able to add new files. For example:

  • Gmail: You won't be able to send or receive messages.
  • Google Drive: You won't be able to sync or upload new files. Syncing between your computer's Google Drive folder and My Drive will stop. You can still create Google documents because they don't take up any storage space.
  • Google Photos: You won't be able to upload photos in their original quality. If you want to add any more photos, you can either upload them, back them up in high quality (lower resolution) or turn off backups.

Get more storage space

To get more space, you can delete large items or buy more storage.

Clear space

Clear space in Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos to make room for new items.

Delete files by size in Google Drive
  1. Use a computer to see your files listed from largest to smallest.
  2. Put files that you don't want in your bin, then permanently delete them.

Tip: Within 24 hours, deleted items will show in the available space in your Google Drive account.

Gmail

Permanently delete large emails

  1. In the Search box, type has:attachment larger:10M.
  2. Click Search Search
    Note: Replace '10' with a higher number to delete larger files.
  3. Select the emails you don't need, then click Delete .
  4. On the left side of the page, click More and then Bin.
  5. At the top, click Empty Bin now.

Permanently delete emails in Spam

  1. On the left, click Spam. If you can't see Spam, click More.
  2. At the top, click Delete all spam messages now. Or, select specific emails, then click Delete forever.
Google Photos

Store photos and videos as 'High quality'

Change your photos and videos from 'Original quality' to 'High quality', which doesn't take up storage space.

  1. On a computer, go to photos.google.com/settings.
  2. Click Recover storage. This won't change the quality of your future uploads.

Move photos and videos to the bin

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Point to an item you want to move to the Bin.
  3. At the top left, click Select Select.
  4. At the top right, click Delete Delete and then Move to bin.

Buy more space

Learn how to buy more Google storage.

 

Your storage is shared across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos.

To see how much space you have left, on a computer, go to google.com/settings/storage .

Important: When your account reaches its storage limit, you can’t send or receive emails.

Clear space

Clear space in Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos to make room for new items.

Delete files by size in Google Drive
  1. Use a computer to see your files listed from largest to smallest.
  2. Put files that you don't want in your bin, then permanently delete them.

Tip: Within 24 hours, deleted items will show in the available space in your Google Drive account.

Gmail

Permanently delete large emails 

  1. In the Search box, type has:attachment larger:10M.

  2. Click Search Search
    Note: Replace '10' with a higher number to delete larger files.

  3. Select the emails that you don't need, then click Delete Delete.
  4. At the left side of the page, click More and then Bin.
  5. At the top, click Empty bin now.

Permanently delete emails in Spam

  1. On the left, click Spam. If you don't see Spam, click More.
  2. At the top, click Delete all spam messages now. Or, select specific emails, then click Delete forever.
Google Photos

Store photos and videos as 'High quality'

Change your photos and videos from 'Original quality' to 'High quality', which doesn't take up storage space.

  1. On a computer, go to photos.google.com/settings.
  2. Click Recover storage. This won't change the quality of your future uploads.

Move photos and videos to the bin

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Point to an item you want to move to the Bin.
  3. At the top left, click Select Select.
  4. At the top right, click Delete Delete and then Move to bin.

Buy more space

Learn how to buy more Google storage.

What uses your storage space

Items that take up space

Remove hidden data from apps in Google Drive

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. At the left, click Manage apps.
  4. If there's hidden data, you can find the amount under the app's description.
  5. To delete this data, click Options and then Delete hidden app data.
Items that don't take up space
  • Google Drive: ​Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites and files in 'Shared with me'. These files only take up space in the owner's Google Drive.
  • Google Photos: Photos and videos stored in 'High quality'.
Storage differences in Google Drive

Items in Google Drive for your computer take up a different amount of space than the same items at drive.google.com.

  • Items in your bin take up space in Google Drive, but aren't synced to your computer.
  • Shared items will take up space on your computer, but not in Google Drive.
  • Items that are in multiple folders will be synced to all folders on your computer, taking up more space.
  • If you only sync some folders to your computer, the storage on your computer will be less than what is shown on Google Drive.
  • Your computer may show a slightly different file size than drive.google.com due to Mac or PC requirements.
If you run out of space

If you've reached your storage limit or you've down graded your account and your files now exceed your storage space, you'll notice some restrictions. All of your current files will remain but you won't be able to add new files. For example:

  • Gmail: You won't be able to send or receive messages.
  • Google Drive: You won't be able to sync or upload new files. Syncing between your computer's Google Drive folder and My Drive will stop. You can still create Google documents because they don't take up any storage space.
  • Google Photos: You won't be able to upload photos in their original quality. If you want to add any more photos, you can either upload them, back them up in high quality (lower resolution) or turn off backups.
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