For many of us, Google storage is today's hard drive. It is the place where our most important thoughts, documents and memories reside. But just as with a traditional hard drive, space is not infinite, and running out of space can be a real problem.
By default, Google gives you 15 GB of space to use with everything related to your account. (If you have a paid G Suite account, your limit is likely to be higher). That includes content connected to Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos (if you're saving your photos at full resolution). It goes without saying that the data accumulates quickly.
You can check your current storage status by visiting this page, and if the time comes, you can also buy more space there, for as little as $ 2 per month for an extra 100GB. But disbursing more money may not be necessary. A quick round of old-fashioned cleaning might be enough to clear your virtual cobwebs and give you ample space to grow. Here's how to do it.
Remove the waste from the unit
Google Drive is a common place where spaces are accumulated and take space, but ordering things does not take much time.
- Open this link, which will show you a list of all your Drive files sorted by size, with the largest items at the top.
- Look at the strongest criminals and eliminate everything you no longer need.
- Click on the gear in the upper right corner of Drive, and select "Settings," followed by "Manage applications."
- For any application that has a note about hidden data, click on the gray "Options" box on the right and select "Remove hidden data from the application."
Applications associated with Google Drive storage can sometimes have hidden data, but it only takes a few clicks to remove it.
- Open the folder in the Trash Bin, click on the word "Trash" at the top of the page and select the option "Empty Trash".
Free photo storage
Unless you have a Pixel phone, each photo and video backed by Google Photos in full resolution counts for your Google storage. You can free up a lot of space by converting those files into Google's free, unlimited "high quality" option, which compresses images to 16MP and 1080p videos (a change that probably will not be noticed for most people and purposes).  Go to the Photos settings page and select "High quality (free unlimited storage)".
Say goodbye to unwanted Gmail messages
Emails do not take up much space, but you know what Attachments do. Most likely, you have many old attachments in your Gmail account that you do not really need.
Here's how to fix it:
- Go to the Gmail website and type "has: Largest attachment: 10M" in the search box at the top.
- Identify messages with disposable attachments and delete them. (Unfortunately, there is no excellent way to get rid of an attachment without deleting the associated email, but you can always forward a message and manually delete the attachment before removing the original).
- Open your Spam folder and click on the link to "Delete all spam messages now".
- Open your Trash folder and select "Empty Trash now" to send everything immediately.
Feeling lighter is liberating, is not it?
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