How to free up space in Gmail

Collect spherical, buddies. Collect spherical. It’s story time.

It was April 2004. “Yeah!” by Usher was burning up the music charts. Folks had been nonetheless reeling concerning the notorious wardrobe malfunction throughout the Tremendous Bowl halftime present. And Google launched Gmail.

Again then, a gigabyte was a heckuva lot of storage space. And Gmail supplied everybody their very own valuable gigabyte of storage. Hotmail and Yahoo Mail—two large e mail gamers on the time—supplied mere megabytes.

Factor was: Gmail was launched on April 1—April Fools’ Day. As such, thanks in giant half to its far-too-generous allotment of space, many people thought Gmail was a hoax. A hoax!


Quick-forward to at present, and Gmail provides you 15 GB of storage. It’s . . . eh . . . a good quantity, but it surely’s now not revolutionary. And now you could have to share these gigabytes with Google Drive and Google Pictures.

There’s a superb likelihood that should you use Gmail as your principal e mail service, it’s consuming up the lion’s share of these 15 GB. Listed below are a couple of methods to filter the litter and reclaim some space.

How to examine your present storage degree

Log into Gmail and scroll all the way in which to the underside of your inbox. Within the lower-left nook, you’ll see how a lot storage you’re utilizing in contrast to how a lot you could have obtainable. If the bar is generally mild grey, good for you; you’ve received loads of space left. If it’s principally (or all) black, it’s time to roll up your sleeves.

You’ll discover in this picture above that I’m utilizing a whopping 85 GB out of a complete of 216 GB obtainable. That brings us to our first tip.

The straightforward route: pony up for extra storage

I’m no digital hoarder; I’m simply lazy. As such, I way back began paying for additional storage from Google so I wouldn’t have to hold pruning my inbox, Drive, and Pictures collections.

Google sells storage underneath the Google One model. Head to and scroll down a bit to see the obtainable plans. For reference, I pay $30 a 12 months for 200 GB.


Is it value it? My brother-in-law was complaining about working out of space the opposite day, complained additional about having to pay for additional space, after which after asking what I paid for my space, paused for a couple of seconds and eventually mentioned, “Rattling. That’s just about the precise value the place it’s a no brainer.”

If it’s not a no brainer for you, there are nonetheless a number of methods to free up storage with out paying for extra.

Clear it up mechanically

You will get a superb overview of what’s hogging space by visiting the Storage Management web page. From there, you’ll be able to evaluation deleted emails that haven’t but been expunged, spam, attachments, and different giant recordsdata.

Click on into every part, the place you’ll be able to evaluation the objects Google thinks you may want to jettison, after which both delete them one after the other or examine the “All objects” field in the upper-left nook to go nuclear.

I discover the interface for this to be uncharacteristically clunky given Google’s typical UI chops, so let’s transfer instantly over to Gmail to do issues a bit extra surgically.

Delete giant attachments

In Gmail, click on the little downward arrow on the far proper of the search field to deliver up the superior search menu. Now, there are a bunch of fields we are able to fill out right here, however the one we’re on the lookout for is the “Dimension subject” about midway down. Let’s select 15 MB, which kinda-sorta teeters on the sting of being a storage-sucking message.

Click on the blue search button and also you’ll see a listing of all of the emails you could have with attachments totaling 15 MB or bigger.

This view right here is way simpler to work with than the Google One auto-clean view. At a look, you’ll have a reasonably good concept of which messages you may want to hold and which of them you’ll be able to safely torpedo primarily based solely on the senders.

Examine the packing containers subsequent to the emails you need to delete, then click on the rubbish can icon in the row of icons on the high of the messages listing.

You’ll then want “empty” the trash to really filter these messages, which in flip frees up the storage space. Click on “Trash” in the left sidebar, then click on the “Empty Trash now” hyperlink. It’s also possible to watch for 30 days: The trash will then mechanically empty itself.

Delete outdated messages

One other great way to free up space is to merely delete outdated e mail you don’t want anymore.


Utilizing the identical drop-down from the search bar, set the “Date inside” choice to one thing like inside one 12 months of the second 12 months because you first opened your Gmail account. That manner, it’ll search backward a 12 months and ahead a 12 months.

Discover that the search field says one thing like “after:2006/1/1 earlier than:2008/1/2” now. You’ll be able to manually modify the earlier than and after years to create a wider vary for your self.

You in all probability don’t need to simply wholesale delete each single e mail you bought over a interval of some years, and it might take ceaselessly to undergo all these messages to select which of them to oust. However there’s a fast manner to filter messages that weren’t vital to you again then and possibly aren’t vital to you now.

Up above the messages listing the place all of the icons reside, click on the left-most icon that appears like a sq. with a touch in the center of it. From the dropdown listing, choose “Unread” and it’ll put checkboxes in all of the messages you by no means bothered to learn manner again when.

Delete these, empty the trash, and be in your merry manner.

Combo time

You see the place that is headed, proper? Why not pull up outdated messages which have large attachments?

By now, you’re a complicated search professional. All you could have to do is seek for messages bigger than 15 megabytes inside a 12 months of the second 12 months you opened your account. Or no matter. Decide your personal date vary. You don’t want me anymore! Fly!

Delete ’em, empty the trash, you understand the drill.

Bury the majority mail

Except you’re hyper-organized about e mail, hypervigilant about undesirable messages, or each, it’s doable that your inbox is a dumping floor for bulk mail you both by no means requested for otherwise you don’t care about anymore.

A easy seek for “unsubscribe” in the search field works wonders to flip up an enormous assortment of outdated newsletters, advertising emails, order updates, discussion board posts, and who is aware of what else. This search provides you fast entry to filter outdated and/or giant messages, too. You’ll be able to pull down the superior search field and work your magic in there: The “unsubscribe” parameter shall be crammed in for you already.

That is additionally a great way to look over your latest messages to see all the e-mail lists you’re on and unsubscribe from those you don’t discover useful. In any case: For each message you forestall from coming into your inbox, it’s one fewer message you’ll want to filter later.

Glad looking!