How to Free Up Space in Gmail

Gmail offers 15GB of the free space to every email a user created. Once it gets full, either you have to purchase storage or delete previous data associated with the email.

15 GB is considered to be enough of you just use it for emails. But Google offers so many services such as Google Drive, Google Photos which keeps on consuming the space and ultimately your storage becomes zero.

how to free up space in gmail

Here in this tutorial, we are going to check how you can free up space in Gmail.

NOTE: When your account reaches its storage limit, you can’t send or receive emails.

Before that let us check what consuming most of your space.

How to check Gmail storage?

Well, it’s easy to check Gmail storage, follow some simple steps here

Go to Make sure you are login with the same email you are looking to free up space.

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Here you get the complete details about what exactly consuming your memory.

In our case, Google Drive alone consumes 13.87 GB which is more than 92% of the total storage whereas Gmail occupies 4.4%.

We have regular backups on Google Drive which is the main factor for this much consumption.

Now the question is how to get the storage.

If you are looking to buy the storage more then you have to select plans as per your requirements otherwise the free method is to delete the existing files.

Check: How to delete Unread email in one step

How to Free Space in Gmail

Well, we are going to check in all different cases i.e. Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

Clearing space in Google Drive

  • Go to your Google Drive Storage. Check out the files you won’t require anymore. You can also sort the storage on reverse order.
  • Select the files to delete and click on the bin icon to send files to the trash folder.
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  • Now go to the Trash folder on the left side and permanently delete the files from Google Drive.

Once done with these steps, you see the huge drop in the memory consumption percentage.

Clear space in Gmail

We recommend you to delete the emails which include attachments more than 10 MB, this is the main reason for occupying the storage.

To delete the files above 10 MB, in the search box, type has:attachment larger:10M

You can replace 10 with any digit, this means if you replace with 15, the files above 15 MB will appear in the search result.

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Select the email from the search result to delete. You can also select all to delete at once.

The emails shifted to trash, go to the Trash folder, permanently delete them.

Free up space in Google Photos

  • Go to the browser and open
  • Click on the Photos and here you can see all your photos, check out the photos and videos you won’t require anymore.
google photos free space
  • Select them and click on the bin icon.
  • After that, empty your Trash folder.

Follow all the 3 steps to free up your space. Definitely, this would get you space which is unnecessary occupied by the files, emails, and photos which are no longer in use.

still, if you want to keep all those files and emails, the only option left is to purchase storage plans to continue using Gmail services.

Otherwise, create a new Gmail account where you get another 15 GB of the free space.

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