Are you facing a “Storage Full” error on your Google Drive account?
The notice you will be getting, “To copy more files, you need more space in Drive”.
Accompanied by, “To see how you’re using storage or to free up space, manage your storage in Google Drive”.
Google Drive is part of Google One, which contains Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos.
You can subscribe to a Google one plan by upgrading your account.
If you want to avoid purchasing, there are methods that can be used to free up your storage free.
In this article, I will tell you why is your Google Drive storage full and how to fix the “Storage Full” error.
Why is my Google Drive storage full?
Your Google Drive storage is full because you have exceeded the free limit of 15 GB storage available for free accounts.
The storage limit is imposed on Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
If you have reached the threshold, you will be stopped from copying or saving new files.
If you don’t use Google Drive very often but the space is full, it means that the space is used on your Gmail or Google Photos.
To check your storage, you can use this link: https://one.google.com/storage.
This link will give you full details on your storage that how much storage you have used on each Google application.
For instance, if you’ve consumed the most space on Google Photos, the ideal way is to remove unwanted or large photos.
How to fix Google Drive storage full
To fix Google Drive storage full, the best bet is to delete old, large, or unwanted files
Just keep in mind that the storage of your Drive is shared with your Gmail and Google Photos.
Therefore, if your Gmail is consuming enough storage, you have to delete some emails from it.
The same is the case with Google Photos, if it has too many photos, you have to remove useless photos to free up some storage.
You can easily free up space by visiting this link: https://one.google.com/storage/management.
On the page, you will be able to see if you have items in the trash or spam folder that you can remove.
Additionally, Google will let you review large items that you can review before deleting them.
Method 1: Delete unused Google Drive files
- Visit this link https://drive.google.com/.
- Delete large or unused files to free up space.
- Go to the trash and remove the files there by deleting them.
Tip: You can also find large files, you need to go to this link https://one.google.com/storage/management and click on “Review and clean up” under “Large files”.
Method 2: Delete junk, spam, or read mail
- Go to the Gmail app and tap on the menu icon.
- Select “Spam” and empty the spam folder by deleting all of the emails there.
- Tap on the menu icon again, select “Bin”, and permanently delete all of the emails in Bin.
- Tap on the menu icon again, select “Promotions”, and remove all the emails there by deleting them.
Note: You have to get rid of other unimportant emails in your inbox by deleting them to free up space.
Tip: Search for “has:attachment larger:10M” on Gmail that will help you to find large sized emails so you can delete them.
Method 3: Delete media in Google Photos
- Visit this link https://photos.google.com/.
- Delete large or unwanted photos to free up space.
- Go to the trash and remove the photos there by deleting them.
Method 4: Upgrade your Google One account
- If your emails, files, and photos are very important and you do not want to delete them, the only way is to upgrade your Google One account to get more storage.
- To upgrade your Google One account, visit this link: https://one.google.com/about/plans.
- It has several plans such as Basic, Standard, and Premium.
- My recommendation is the Basic plan because it offers 100 GB of space (6.7x larger than the free plan).
Note: The prices might be different from country to country (if you’re a resident of Singapore, the cost of basic plan for you will be SGD 2.79 per month).
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