How To Free-Up Storage Space On Google Drive If You Are Running Low On It?
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
Login to www.google.com/settings/storage
You can see your used space in the pie chart. Click 'View details' to see the breakup.
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.
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
- Login to https://drive.google.com/drive/quota
- 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
- Click the gear icon and open settings.
- Click 'Manage Apps'
- Scroll till the end to see if there is any hidden app data that you do not require. Click 'OPTIONS' and delete.