Let’s face a fact: Our lives without Google is not something most of us would like to imagine. Whether its Gmail, Google Assistant or Google Photos – most services by the technology giant make our life easy. However, there is one thing that most of us face a problem with: Storage on Google. Since our emails, documents, and photos are all crammed into one place, it is very easy to run out of space there.
Google gives all its users 15GB of free space and we are expected to use this for everything related to our account. To be more specific, it includes all the content in Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos. So although at first 15GB may seem like enough space to manage it, any person who uses Google services regularly can tell you it’s not.
And for more storage, Google expects you to pay. Although the fee is as little as $2 a month for 100GB of storage, not everyone is willing to spend money on it, especially if it can be managed otherwise. Here, we are listing down ways in which you can manage your Google storage in order to make the most of the space that you have. Take a look at how you can do it:
Clean up your Google Drive
Google Drive is a place where you will, at times, find documents that are years old. So just take some time out one day and take a tour of your Google Drive. You may find a number of photos, videos and documents shared with you on Google Drive, which you may not need anymore. This may take up some of your time, but it will create a lot of extra space. You can also make use of this link to see which files take up the most space in your Google Drive. It will help you get rid of the ones that are heaviest.
Once you are done with deleting your documents, go to the gear shaped icon on top right of your Google Drive and click on Settings and then on Manage Apps. Here, head to Options, and press on Delete hidden app data. However, make sure that you empty your Google Drive’s trash after this.
Reduce resolution of Google Photos
If you don’t use a Pixel smartphone from Google, all your photos get backed up to the search giant’s Photos app in full resolution. You can convert these into Google’s free and unlimited ‘high quality’ option, which will compress these images to 16MP and leave you with a lot of free space. For doing this, go to Photos settings page and select ‘High quality’. On the same page, if you click on ‘Recover storage’ button, it’ll compress your existing photos and videos and remove them from your Google storage.
Get rid of emails that you don’t need
While emails don’t take up space, attachments do. So if there are any emails in your Gmail account that come with attachments which you think you don’t need anymore, make sure you delete them. For doing this, you can follow these steps:
- Type ‘has:attachment larger:10M’ in your Gmail search box.
- Look out for any emails with attachments that you don’t require and delete them. Make sure they are deleted from trash too.
- Empty your Spam folder. You really don’t need those emails.