Google Drive offers a free 15 GB storage capacity to all account users, but it can soon run out of space if you’re hoarding old and obsolete files on the cloud. As amazing as the option to back up and store free data is, it can become a junk collecting corner if you don’t review what is on the cloud. Running out of storage space is a common problem for most people due to the number of devices that are linked to their Google and Drive accounts. Additionally, users have the option to purchase extra storage space, but it can become quite pricey in the long run.
If you don’t have any utility for extra storage space and don’t want to purchase it, we have a neat alternative for you which involves cleaning up your Google drive space. This blog will guide you on how to go about it; we’re sure you will have a lot of free memory storage after following our instructions.
What Takes Up The Most Google Drive Space?
The following may not take up lots of space individually, but stacking them together forms a substantial part of your Google Drive Space.
- Emails and received attachments.
- Files Stored Actively on Google Drive
- Photographs, videos, and media (original quality) you sync from your mobile device to Drive.
What is Not Included in Google Drive Space?
- Files from your Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, Forms, and site data
- High quality backed up images and media
How To Free Storage In Google Drive?
Given below are a few aspects that you can check out to manage your Drive storage better:
- Emails: sort through your years’ old mails, forwards, threads, promotions and delete the ones which are irrelevant today.
- Large Files: Find files that occupy the most drive space and sort through them. Some you can compress and back up while the others you may not need.
- Duplicates: It is easy to save multiple versions of the same files on a drive due to the automatic backup feature. However, many of such duplicates will lead to blocking your storage space. You can scan for duplicate files using the control panel and delete them.
- Photos: Google Drive is so efficient in backing up images that it may hoard ones you don’t want anymore, including screenshots and forwarded memes. Delete these to make space. Additionally, reset the quality of your image backup settings to “high quality” from original quality since the former has unlimited storage capacity.
- Empty Your Bin: It is necessary to empty your bin to make sure all the files get deleted. However, Google does it automatically every 31 days. If you delete something by accident, you can retrieve trashed files with the help of the control panel.
Now that you have these steps in your list of virtual organizing, we hope you will follow them from time to time to keep your Drive space clutter-free organized, and up to date!