How To Free-Up Storage Space On Google Drive If You Are Running Low On It?

  • Posted on: 13 April 2017
  • By: sasi

Google Drive provides 15GB of free storage. If you are running out of space, which files should you delete to free-up space? This post helps you decide.

Step I: Check your used space

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You can see your used space in the pie chart. Click 'View details' to see the breakup.
Google Drive Storage Details

Counts towards quota: Google Drive files, Gmail messages and Google photo
Does not count towards quota: Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations. You can create as many as you need.

Step II: Delete large Gmail messages

Gmail allows you to search for all messages above a certain size.
Gmail Size Search
Example: Search for size:5m to get a list of all emails that are 5MB and above.
Delete the messages that you do not require.

Step III: Delete large Google Drive Files and Google Photos

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  • This shows you all the files and photos with the largest ones first.
  • Delete the files and photos that you do not require.
    Note: it can take up to 24 hours for the freed-up space to reflect in storage details.

Step IV: Delete Trash

Files in the trash folder also count towards the quota. Delete all files from trash.

Step V: Delete hidden app data

  • Login to Google Drive
  • Google

  • Click the gear icon and open settings.
  • Click 'Manage Apps'
  • Google Drive Hidden App Data

  • Scroll till the end to see if there is any hidden app data that you do not require. Click 'OPTIONS' and delete.