Google Storage Hacks Save Money and Space

Google Storage Hacks Save Money and Space

How to Free Up Space on Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos

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Are you constantly running out of space on your Google Drive, Gmail, or Google Photos? Don’t worry, you don’t have to shell out extra cash for more storage. We’ve got some tricks to help you clean up your digital storage and make the most of your free 15GB. And the best part? We’ll guide you through the process with a touch of humor and positivity!

Delete Large Files First

If you want to quickly free up space without deleting multiple smaller items, start by deleting a few large files. You can do this for both Google Drive and Gmail.

Deleting Large Files in Google Drive on Desktop

  1. Log in to your Google Drive account.
  2. Click on “Storage” in the left-side menu.
  3. The files should already be sorted from largest to smallest. If not, click on “Storage used” on the right side of the screen.
  4. Select the large files you want to delete and either click the trash bin icon at the top or drag them to the “Trash” on the left side.
  5. Go to the “Trash” menu.
  6. Click on “Empty trash” in the top-right corner.
  7. Finally, click “Delete forever” to permanently remove the files.

Deleting Large Files in Google Drive App

  1. Open the Google Drive app and log in.
  2. Tap on “Files” in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Tap on “Name” underneath “My Drive” to arrange files from largest to smallest.
  4. To delete an item, tap the three dots next to it and select “Remove”.
  5. Go to the “Trash” by tapping the hamburger icon and selecting “Trash”.
  6. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner and choose “Empty trash”.

Clean Up Gmail – Delete Large Attachments

Keeping your Gmail tidy is essential for efficient use of storage. To free up space in Gmail, you can start by deleting emails with large attachments.

Deleting Large Attachments in Gmail on Desktop

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Type “has:attachment larger:10MB” into the search bar and hit “Search”. You can adjust the size filter as needed.
  3. Check the boxes next to the emails you want to delete.
  4. Click the “Trash” icon in the top-right corner.
  5. Go to the “Trash” menu by clicking “Trash” on the left side.
  6. Click “Empty trash now” at the top.

Deleting Large Attachments in Gmail App

  1. Open the Gmail app and log in.
  2. Type “has:attachment larger:10MB” in the search bar and hit “Search”. Adjust the size as needed.
  3. Tap the email you want to delete.
  4. Tap the trash bin icon in the bottom-right corner.
  5. Go to the “Trash” by tapping “Library” and then “Trash”.
  6. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner and select “Empty trash”.

Free Up Google Photos

Google Photos is another service that consumes your free storage. To create space, it’s a good idea to delete old photos and videos manually.

Deleting Photos and Videos in Google Photos on Desktop

  1. Open and log in to Google Photos.
  2. Hover your mouse over the photos/videos you want to delete and click the gray check mark icon in the top-left corner.
  3. Click the trash bin icon in the top-right corner.
  4. Select “Move to trash”.
  5. Go to the “Trash” on the left side.
  6. Click “Empty trash” near the top-right corner.
  7. Confirm by clicking “Empty trash” again.

Deleting Photos and Videos in Google Photos App

Note: For Apple users with Gmail linked to iCloud, deleting a photo on Google Photos will also remove it from your local iPhone storage.

  1. Open the Google Photos app and log in.
  2. Tap on the photo or video you want to delete.
  3. Tap the trash can icon in the bottom-right corner.
  4. Tap “Delete”.
  5. Tap “Library” in the bottom-right corner.
  6. Tap “Trash”.
  7. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner and choose “Empty trash”.
  8. Confirm the deletion.

Empty Your Gmail Spam Folder

Deleting spam emails is another way to create additional space in Gmail. Don’t let unnecessary data clog up your inbox!

Emptying Spam Folder on Desktop

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Click on “Spam” on the left side of the screen. If you don’t see it, click “More” to expand the menu.
  3. In the Spam folder, click “Delete all spam messages now”.

Emptying Spam Folder in Mobile App

  1. Open the Gmail app and log in.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon next to “Search in mail”.
  3. Tap “Spam”.
  4. Tap “Delete all spam messages now” or “Empty spam now”.

Downloading Your Files

If you’re still running out of space after cleaning up, you can download your files and store them on your computer.

Downloading Google Drive Files, Gmail Messages, and Google Photos

  1. Open and log in to the respective Google service on your desktop.
  2. Select the files, emails, or photos you want to download.
  3. Click the three stacked dots in the upper-right corner.
  4. Choose “Download” (emails will be saved as .eml files).
  5. Once downloaded, feel free to delete them from your account and empty the trash bins.

By following these tips, you’ll maximize your free storage and avoid unnecessary expenses. Remember to laugh along the way and enjoy the productivity boost!