Your storage is shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. When your account reaches its storage limit, you can’t upload or create files to Drive. Learn more about Google storage policies.
To see how much space you have left, on a computer, go to google.com/settings/storage. If you use Google Drive for work or school, you can check if your administrator set an individual storage limit.
If you're close to or over your limit, you can:
- Permanently delete files to clear space.
- Get more storage:
- For a personal account, sign up for Google One or buy more Google One storage.
- For a work or school account, ask your administrator for more storage. You can't buy more storage yourself.
How to clear space
Files in trash are automatically deleted after 30 days. Before the time window closes, you can restore your files. After the 30-day window, you may lose those files permanently.
- Use a computer to see your files listed from largest to smallest.
- Put files you don't want in your Trash, then permanently delete them.
Tip: Within 24 hours, deleted items will show in the available space in your Google Drive account.
In the Search box, type
Click Search .
Note: Replace "
10" with a higher number to delete larger files.
- Select the emails you don't need, then click Delete .
- On the left side of the page, click Menu Trash.
- At the top, click Empty trash now.
- On the left, click Spam. If you don't see Spam, click More.
- At the top, click Delete all spam messages now. Or, select specific emails, then click Delete forever.
- On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
- Point to an item you want to move to Trash.
- At the top left, click Select .
- At the top right, click Delete Move to trash.
- To delete single or multiple files that take up storage, use the Google One Storage Manager. Learn how to free up Google storage space.
- If you delete a file by mistake, learn how to recover a deleted file.
- On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
- Click Settings Settings.
- On the left, click Manage apps.
- If there's hidden data, you can find the amount under the app's description.
- To delete this data, click Options Delete hidden app data.
Items that use storage spaceGoogle Drive
- Most files in your My Drive take up space. My Drive contains files and folders you upload or sync, such as PDFs, images, or videos. It also contains files you create, such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.
- Items in your Trash also take up space. Learn how to empty your trash.
- Photos and videos backed up in Original quality take up space.
- 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.
Items in Google Drive for desktop take up a different amount of space than the same items in drive.google.com.
- Items in your Trash take up space in Google Drive, but aren't synced to your computer.
- Shared items will take up space on your computer, but not 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 because of Mac or PC requirements.
Items that don't use storage spaceGoogle Drive
- Files in "Shared with me" and shared drives don't use space. 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.
What happens if you run out of space
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.