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.

How much storage you get with a standard Google Account

Every Google Account comes with 15 GB of cloud storage at no charge, which is shared across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos.

When you upgrade to a paid Google One monthly subscription, 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 offers and promotions sometimes offer more storage.

How much storage comes with a Google One plan

Your Google One storage is added on top of the 15 GB of storage included with your Google Account. If you've previously received extra storage as part of a promotion, you'll keep that storage too.

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

Example: Switching to a 100 GB storage plan

Your Google Account comes with storage at no charge:

  • 15 GB cloud 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


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

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

Example: Storage upgrade with family sharing

Your Google Account comes with storage:

  • 15 GB personal storage per person (no charge)

 The three relatives who you add to your family have Google Account storage too:

  • 15 GB personal storage per person (no charge)

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

  • 15 GB personal storage per person (no charge)
  • 85 GB of Google One storage (with monthly subscription charge), shared by all four family members of your family group
Example: Upgrading from paid Drive storage to Google One

Before Google One:

150 GB of total storage

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

After upgrading to 200 GB Google One membership:

250 GB of total storage

  • 15 GB default storage
  • 50 GB of storage from Chromebook, Safer Internet Day or other promotions*
  • 185 GB of 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
    • Meet call recordings
  • 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 2021.
    Important: For Google Workspace and G Suite editions, this change comes into effect on 2 May 2022.


  • 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 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
  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.
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.

Learn 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.
  • Google Drive:
    • You can't sync or upload new files.
    • Syncs stop between your computer's Google Drive folder and My Drive.
    • You can't create new files in:
      • Google Docs
      • Sheets
      • Slides
      • Drawings
      • Forms
      • Jamboard
    • Until you reduce the amount of storage that you are using, no one can edit or copy your files.
  • Google Photos: You can't back up any photos or videos. If you want to add more photos and videos, you can clean up your Google storage space or buy more Google storage.

Clean up storage space

Use Google One with Workspace Individual

Your Workspace Individual plan comes with 1 TB of storage. You can buy more storage with Google One. Learn about Workspace Individual.

If you're a Google One plan member:
  • Your Google One plan storage is in addition to your Workspace Individual storage.
  • There's no change to your Google One subscription or family plan and membership sharing.
  • You stay enrolled unless you choose to cancel. 
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