5 Minute HelpDesk – How Do I Free Up Space On My Google Account?

5 Minute HelpDesk – How Do I Free Up Space On My Google Account?

5 Minute HelpDesk – How Do I Free Up Space On My Google Account?

My Google account has run out of space – this is one of the most common queries our IT HelpDesk in Perth gets. In this article, our helpdesk experts tell what you can do to free some space on Google account and get you back on track.

Google One Cloud Storage

The Google One cloud storage service is going through major changes, which includes the all-new iOS app, free data backups for phone, and the latest data management tool on both Android and iOS.

Your Google storage is shared across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. It provides users 15 GB of free cloud storage and these days 15 GB isn’t a much big space, especially if you are backing up your phone data. Heavy attachments, backing up WhatsApp on your Google account and more can fill up space quickly. Once you fill up all your storage, you can neither send nor receive emails, and this restriction can come with no warning and can catch you off guard.

To Check Your Storage Status In Google

Go to ‘one.google.com’ and log into your account. Your storage usage will be displayed in a line bar. You can buy extra space on the cloud. But if you prefer to find some space for free, there are a few methods to free up space on your google account.

Google One’s Data Manager

Currently, you can use the management tools on the desktop. The Android and iOS apps may have the same steps once they are updated.

  • Go to https://one.google.com/ and log in to your google account.
  • Click on the “Storage” tab from the left-side menu.
  • Scroll down and select “Free up account storage.”
  • The page will display all the suggested files, photos, and emails that you might want to delete. Select and remove according to your requirement
  • Close the page once you’re done.
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There are a few simple things to free up space that you can do alternately.

Delete Files From Google Drive.

  • Go to ‘drive.google.com’ and sign in to your account.
  • The files will be listed in descending order according to file size in the Files menu.
  • Select and delete unwanted files.
  • Empty the Trash
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Compress Google Photos

  • Go to photos.google.com and sign in to your account.
  • Click on the Setting menu (top right).
  • Switch upload quality to High Quality from Original and click on the checkbox.
  • Press confirm to proceed. This will compress your images.
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Delete Emails With Large Attachments.

  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • Enter the text” has: attachment larger: 5M” in the search bar. This sort out emails with attachments larger than 5 MB. You can change the size according to your requirements.
  • Select the unwanted emails and press the delete icon.
  • Remember to empty the Trash folder to delete the messages permanently. From the Trash menu in the sidebar click on empty trash.

Delete Spam Mails

  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • You can find Spam menu in the sidebar.
  • Tap on ‘Delete all spam messages now’ and give confirmation.

Delete Social Updates And Promotional Mails

  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • Go to Categories(sidebar) and click on Social/Promotions.
  • Select the checkbox on the top left to select all emails.
  • Click on the delete icon.
  • Empty the trash.

Jargon Buster

Cloud Storage – a computing model in which data is stored and transmitted through the internet. The provider offers cloud storage as a service and typically owns the physical storage.
Google One – an expanded cloud storage subscription service provided by Google.

Gordon Murdoch | Blog author | Computing Australia

Gordon Murdoch

Gordon is the Service Delivery Manager at The Computing Australia Group, he is responsible for the delivery of all Computing Australia technical support services. It is a busy portfolio to manage as we have a lot of techs and our clients generate thousands of new tickets every day. If you are looking for a tech company that is passionate about service delivery, give Computing Australia a go. Many of our clients have been with us for all of our last 20 years of operation which is something we are all proud of here.

Gordon Murdoch | Blog author | Computing Australia

Gordon Murdoch

Gordon is the Service Delivery Manager at The Computing Australia Group, he is responsible for the delivery of all Computing Australia technical support services. It is a busy portfolio to manage as we have a lot of techs and our clients generate thousands of new tickets every day. If you are looking for a tech company that is passionate about service delivery, give Computing Australia a go. Many of our clients have been with us for all of our last 20 years of operation which is something we are all proud of here.