See your storage limit

Google Accounts include 15GB of free storage to share across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. If your Google Account is through work or school, you have at least 30GB of storage.

Check your storage

To see how much storage you're using:

  1. Go to
  2. In the bottom left, hover over your storage usage.

A window will appear that shows your usage. You can also see your storage usage at

Storage in Google Drive

Here are some reasons why you may see different storage numbers listed for Drive on the web and Drive for your Mac/PC:

  • Files in your trash count toward your storage on the web, but not on your Mac/PC.
  • Files shared with you don’t count toward your storage on the web. If you move a shared file to "My Drive," it will sync to your desktop and count toward the storage on your Mac/PC

Buy more storage

If you run out of free storage, you can buy more storage. If you’re an administrator, you can buy storage for your business.

Buy storage

Items that count toward your storage limit

  • Gmail: All messages and attachments in your mail, including those in your Spam and Trash folders.
  • Drive: Files up to 5 TB that you’ve stored in Drive, like PDFs, images, and videos. Anything you’ve made with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides doesn’t count toward your storage limit.
  • Google Photos: If you choose "Original" in your Google Photos upload settings, your photos will count towards your storage limit. Learn more about Google Photos storage sizes

Items that don't count toward your storage limit

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, etc.
  • Files shared with you.

Manage your storage limits

If you’re close to your storage limit, you can buy more storage or delete items.

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