Manage files in your Google Drive storage

To delete your Google Drive files, move them to the bin. Files in your bin will be automatically deleted after 30 days. You can restore files from your bin before the 30-day time window. You can also permanently delete them to empty your bin. If you delete, restore or permanently delete multiple files or folders at once, it might take time for you to notice the changes. 

Want to get more out of Google Drive for work or school? Sign up for a free Google Workspace trial

Your storage is shared across Google Drive, Gmail & Google Photos

To see how much space you have left, on a computer, go to .

Important: When your account reaches its storage limit, you can’t send or receive emails.

Clear space

Clear space in Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos to make room for new items.


Delete files by size in Google Drive
  1. Use a computer to see your files listed from largest to smallest.
  2. Put files you don't want in your Bin, then permanently delete them.

Tip: Within 24 hours, deleted items will show in the available space in your Google Drive account.


Permanently delete large emails 

  1. In the Search box, type has:attachment larger:10M.

  2. Click Search Search
    Note: Replace '10' with a higher number to delete larger files.

  3. Select the emails you don't need, then click Delete Delete.
  4. On the left side of the page, click Menu Menuand then Trash.
  5. At the top, click Empty Bin now.

Permanently delete emails in Spam

  1. On the left, click Spam. If you can't see Spam, click More.
  2. At the top, click Delete all spam messages now. Or, select specific emails, then click Delete forever.

For other ways to search for emails, learn about Gmail search operators.

Google Photos

Move photos & videos to the Bin

  1. On your computer, go to
  2. Point to an item you want to move to the Bin.
  3. At the top left, click Select Select.
  4. At the top right, click Delete Delete and then Move to Bin.


Delete files you don't need

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.

What uses your storage space

Items that 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.
  • Starting 1 June 2021, newly created Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms or Jamboard files count towards your 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.


  • 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 uploaded in Storage saver (previously called high quality) 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 don't count towards your Google Account storage. Learn more about Photos backup options.
  • If you’re over your quota for two years or longer: All of your content may be removed from Gmail, Drive and Photos unless you free up or purchase more space to get back under the quota. Learn how to keep your Google Account active and under the quota.

Remove hidden data from apps in Google Drive

  1. On your computer, go to
  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.
Items that 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.

Storage differences in Google Drive

Items in Google Drive for your computer take up a different amount of space than the same items at

  • Items in your Bin take up space in Google Drive, but aren't synced to your computer.
  • Shared items will take up space on your computer, but not in 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 due to Mac or PC requirements.
What happens if you run out of space


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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