Sunday, August 13, 2023

How to Clean Up Your Gmail Storage

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Do you ever feel like your Gmail inbox is overflowing with messages? 

And do you ever wonder if some of those messages are taking up valuable storage space? 

Have you received an alarming email from Google that you are running out of storage space?

Gmail Almost Out of Storage
fig. 1 - Gmail Almost Out of Storage Warning

Many people have Gmail accounts that are full of old emails, many of which have large file attachments.

Here's a Cool Tip:  Delete Emails with large attachments.

These large file attachments can eat up a lot of storage space, which can eventually lead to your Gmail account reaching its limit. 

When this happens, you won't be able to receive new emails until you free up some space.

Or pay Google for more storage space.

Here are the steps on how to clean up your Gmail storage by searching for large file attachments:
  • Log in to your Gmail account.
  • In the search bar, type the following: has:attachment larger:10MB.
  • This will search your inbox for all emails with attachments that are larger than 10MB.
  • Review the results
  • Download to your computer and/or delete any emails that you no longer need.
  • Items in the Gmail trash will be deleted after 39 days but you can empty if you want to clear up space immediately.
  • Repeat until you've freed up enough storage space.

Do this clean up on a regular basis to keep you Gmail account lean and clean!

This will help to prevent your Gmail account from reaching its limit and make it easier for you to find the emails that you need.


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