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 that 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: Switching to 100 GB storage plan

Your Google Account starts with free storage:

15 GB free storage

If you buy storage with a Google One membership, it is added 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 50 GB of storage from buying a Chromebook), that is added 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 100 GB 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: Upgrading 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 an 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 bin. Learn how to empty your bin.
  • As of 1 June 2021, newly created Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms or Jamboard files count towards storage. Files that already exist don't count towards storage unless they're modified on or after 1 June.
    Important: For Google Workspace and G Suite editions, this change goes into effect on 1 February 2022.

Gmail

  • Messages and attachments, such as items in your Spam and Bin 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 1 June 2021. Any photos or videos that you backed up in high quality or Express quality before 1 June 2021 will not count towards 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 that you create before 1 June 2021, and don't edit after that date.

Google Photos

Photos and videos backed up in Storage saver quality or express quality before 1 June 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.

Important: As of 1 June 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for two 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 that 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.

Important: As of 1 June 2021, if you remain inactive or go over your storage quota for two years or longer, all of your emails 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.

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

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