How your existing storage works with Google One

Google One is a subscription plan that gives you more storage to use across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

Your Google One membership will replace your current plan, not add to it.

How much storage you get with a free Google Account

Every Google Account starts with free storage that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. When you upgrade to Google One, your total storage increases to 100 GB or more, depending on the plan you choose. You also get extra member benefits and access to support from Google experts -- all of which you can share with your family.

Special promotions and offers sometimes offer more storage.

How much storage comes with a Google One plan

Your Google One storage is added on top of your free 15 GB of storage space. If you previously got extra storage as part of a promotion, you'll keep that storage, too.

Note: When your promotion expires, your free and paid storage totals go back to what they were before the promotion.

Example: Switch to 100GB storage plan

Your Google account starts with free storage:

15 GB free storage

If you buy storage with a Google One membership, it adds to that total:

  • 15 GB default storage
  • 85 GB storage from Google One membership

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100 GB of total storage


If you receive a promotional deal (such as 50GB of storage from buying a Chromebook), that adds to your storage total: 

  • 15 GB free storage
  • 50 GB storage from any promotional deals*
  • 85 GB storage from Google One membership

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150 GB of total storage
 
*If the promotions end, participation will no longer be available.

Example: Storage upgrade with family sharing

Your free account starts with free storage:

  • 15 GB of free storage per person

 Each member in your family also gets the same free storage:

  • 15 GB free storage 

With a 100GB storage upgrade via Google One, all members of your family share 100 GB: 

  • 15 GB free storage for each person
  • 85 GB storage from Google One membership, shared by all 3 family members
Example upgrade from paid Drive storage to Google One

Before Google One:

150 GB of total storage

  • 100 GB paid Drive storage
  • 50 GB storage from Chromebook, Safer Internet Day, or other promotions*

After upgrade to 200 GB Google One membership:

250 GB of total storage

  • 15 GB default storage
  • 50 GB storage from Chromebook, Safer Internet Day, or other promotions*
  • 185 GB storage from Google One membership

 

* If the promotions end, participation will no longer be available.

What uses your storage space

Not all files use your storage. If you're running low, learn how to clear storage space.

These items take up space

Google Drive

  • Most files in your My Drive. For example:
    • PDFs
    • Images
    • Videos
  • Items in your Trash. Learn how to empty your trash.
  • As of June 1, 2021, newly created Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, or Jamboard files count toward storage. Files that already exist don't count toward storage unless they're modified on or after June 1.
    Important: For Google Workspace and G Suite editions, this change goes into effect on February 1, 2022.

Gmail

  • Messages and attachments, like items in your Spam and Trash folders.

Google Photos

  • Photos and videos backed up in Original quality.
  • Photos and videos backed up in High quality (now named Storage saver) or Express quality after June 1, 2021. Any photos or videos you backed up in High quality or Express quality before June 1, 2021 will not count toward your Google Account storage. Learn more about Photos backup options.

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. On 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.
These items don't take up space

Google Drive

  • Files in "Shared with me" and shared drives. These files only take up space in the owner's Google Drive.
  • Google Sites.
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Jamboard, and Drawings files you create before June 1, 2021, and don't edit after that date.

Google Photos

Photos and videos backed up in Storage saver quality or Express quality before June 1, 2021.

What happens if you run out of space

Gmail

You can’t send or receive messages. Messages sent to you are returned to the sender.

  • As of June 1, 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for 2 years or longer, all of your emails may be deleted.

Google Drive

You can’t sync or upload new files. You can’t create new files in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard. Until you reduce the amount of storage you use, neither you nor anyone else can edit or copy your affected files. Syncs stop between your computer's Google Drive folder and My Drive.

  • As of June 1, 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for 2 years or longer, your content within the affected products may be deleted.

Google Photos

You can’t back up any photos or videos. If you want to add any more photos and videos, you can free up Google storage space or buy more Google storage.

  • As of June 1, 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for 2 years or longer, all of your content may be removed from Gmail, Drive, and Photos. 
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