Don't Pay Extra if You Run Out of Google Storage - Tips to Free Up Space

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Don't Pay Extra if You Run Out of Google Storage - Tips to Free Up Space

Delete Large Files in Google Drive

To maximize your free Google Drive space, efficiently delete large files. Follow these steps on your desktop:

  1. Log in to your Google Drive account.
  2. Click on Storage in the left menu.
  3. Arrange files by size and select large files.
  4. Click the trash bin or drag files to Trash.
  5. Navigate to Trash, click Empty trash, and confirm deletion.

For mobile users, in the Google Drive app:

  1. Open the app and log in.
  2. Tap Files, then Storage used.
  3. Tap the three dots next to the file, then Remove.
  4. Access Trash, and tap Empty trash.

Organize and Delete Emails by Size in Gmail

Free up Gmail space by deleting large attachments:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Use the search bar with "has:attachment larger:10MB."
  3. Select emails to delete and click the Trash icon.
  4. Move to Trash and empty it.

On the Gmail app:

  1. Open the app and log in.
  2. Use the search bar with "has:attachment larger:10MB."
  3. Tap the email, click the trash bin, and empty the trash.

Empty Your Gmail Spam Folder

Prevent unnecessary data in your Gmail by regularly clearing the spam folder:

  1. Log in to Gmail.
  2. Click Spam on the left side; if not visible, click More.
  3. Delete all spam messages.

On the Gmail app:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon, then Spam.
  3. Delete all spam messages.

Clean Up Google Photos

Manage Google Photos to optimize storage:

  1. Open Google Photos and log in.
  2. Hover over photos, click the checkmark, and press the trash icon.
  3. Move to Trash, then empty it.

On the Google Photos app:

  1. Open the app and log in.
  2. Tap the photo, click the trash can, and empty the trash.

Bonus tip: Reduce photo and video sizes in Google Photos to regain space.

Download and Store Files Locally

If space remains insufficient, download and store files locally:

  1. Log in to your Google Drive, Gmail, or Google Photos.
  2. Select files, emails, or photos.
  3. Click the three dots and choose Download.
  4. Once downloaded, delete them from your account.

Remember to empty trash bins to free up space effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How often should I clear my Gmail spam folder?

It's advisable to clear your Gmail spam folder regularly, ideally every month, to maintain efficient storage.

Q2: Will deleting photos from Google Photos affect my local iPhone photos?

If your Gmail is linked to iCloud, deleting a photo in Google Photos may remove the local photo from your iPhone. Ensure you understand the link between the two storage spaces.

Q3: How can I optimize Google Photos storage without losing quality?

To optimize Google Photos storage, reduce photo and video sizes. Be aware that this may affect media quality.


Discover practical tips to maximize your free Google storage. Learn to delete large files, manage Gmail efficiently, clean up Google Photos, and optimize storage usage. Clear up space without upgrading to a paid plan.

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