How to free up space in your Google Account

By Mayank Sachdeva | Published on 20-Jul-2020

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Google provides users 15GB of free digital storage, which includes Gmail and Google Drive. If you choose to upload high-quality photos (16MP) then you get unlimited photo storage on Google Photos. However, if you wish to upload your photos in its Original Quality, your storage is limited to the included 15GB. 15GB isn’t a lot of space today.  Heavy attachment, backing up WhatsApp on Google Drive and more can fill up space very fast. Once you’ve filled up the space, you can neither send emails nor receive them. This restriction comes with little to no warning and catches users off guard.

Here’s how to check your storage status in Google

Open and log into your account.
A line bar will show you your storage usage.

If you face this issue you can either buy an additional 100 GB of digital space from Google for Rs.130 every month or like most, clean up space in your account. If you want to do the latter follow these simple steps.


Method 1: Deleting emails with large attachments from your Gmail account

Method 2: Clearing the Spam mail from your Gmail account. 


Method 3: Deleting social updates from your Gmail account

Method 4: Deleting Promotional mail from your Gmail account

Method 5: Compressing photos uploaded to Google Photos

Method 6: Deleting Files from Google Drive

You can resort to more than one method from the above list to free up more space from your Gmail and Google Drive. Fun Fact: Gmail launched on April 1, 2004, with a whopping 1GB of storage space for users, unheard off at the time. People thought it was an April fool joke from Google. It was in 2013 when Google gave users 15GB of storage for Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos combined. 

In other Google news, Reliance Jio partners with Google to launch entry-level 4G, 5G phones in India. You can read more about that story here. In fact, Google announced a Rs 75,000 crore fund to boost India’s digital growth and you can find out more about that story here. And finally, the search engine giant has also removed 25 apps from the Play Store for phishing Facebook log-in details. You can read more about that here

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