Cloud storage is an excellent resource for documents and files that you want to be able to access from anywhere and that don’t contain any particularly private information. Google’s cloud service under the overarching “Google One” brand, offers fifteen gigabytes of free cloud storage and allows you to pay for up to two terabytes of storage.
If you’re coming close to filling up your storage allowance, you’ll probably want to free up some space, to make room for new content. Thankfully, Google has a simple tool that you can use that shows you items from across its platform that you can likely delete to free up space. This includes items marked for deleted but not actually permanently deleted yet, large files and attachments, and videos that can’t be processed or played.
To access Google One’s storage management functionality, you can click on the nine-dot icon in the top-right of most Google pages, then click on the top-left option “Account”, then click “Manage storage” in the bottom left square of the Account page.
Once on the Google One storage overview page, scroll down to the “Get your space back” header, and click “Free up account storage”.
In the Google One storage management page, you can then review your discarded but not yet deleted items from Gmail and Google Drive. You can also review large files from Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos, as well as any unsupported videos that can’t be played or edited in Google Photos.
You can then review the content in the respective categories and select which data you want to keep and which you want to get rid of. Alternatively, you can just click “Delete All” in the top-right corner if you’ve not yet selected any files for deletion.
If the storage management tool isn’t able to clear up as much space as you want, you will have to manually go through the data you have saved and review it for yourself, or pay for a larger tier of storage.