How to Clear Storage on Google Drive

Have you got any warning messages like your storage is full in Google Drive? Then this is the time to check which files take up large space in Drive.

Google Drive is a professional and free cloud backup storage to access data. Some unwanted files and duplicate files will occupy and make the storage full. Google Drive has proven over time to be one of the safest and most secure places to store and easily access our files anytime anywhere.

Google Drive provides 15GB of free space but it is not only used to store files but also shared with Google Drive photos and Gmail. Files stored on Google Drive are well-secured even mobile or PCs have some damage.

If the 15GB space is over on your Drive, you can go for an upgrade by paying money or else delete some unwanted files to get some space on your Google Drive.

Things to Know Before Clearing Google Drive

Before clearing up Google Drive, you need to know to help in better ways of clearing.

  • People may occasionally think about how to remove all files from Google Drive with a single click. If you have a small number of files or folders, you can use the keyboard shortcut “CTRL” to select one or more files you wish to remove, even though Google Drive does not offer that feature.
  • Before clearing out, make sure you understand that Google storage includes space for Google Drive, Google Photos, and Gmail, but it does not include Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, or shared files that you haven’t downloaded yet. This will help you avoid deleting data carelessly.
  • Since files and data in the trash count toward the storage limit, you must clean up the trash after deleting files or data in order to make space. The files and data in the trash can be manually removed in the interim, or you can choose to restore them within 30 days. Alternatively, the files and data in the trash can be automatically deleted after 30 days.

How to Clear Storage on Google Drive using a MacBook

MacBook is a powerful computer designed by Apple Inc. It also supports the use of Google Drive for storing and accessing all sorts of files.

Here are steps on how to clear Google storage using a MacBook.

  • On your computer, open your Google Drive app or move to the Google Drive website; https://drive.google.com and sign in with your Google account.
  • Select the files you want to delete
  • Select or drag files to ‘trash’.
  • Click on the ‘trash’ icon.
  • Select files in the trash you want to permanently delete.
  • Click on ‘delete forever’.

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How to Clear Storage on Google Drive using a Desktop

Similar to Android devices, we can clear storage on desktops as well.

  • On your computer, go to Google Drive and sign in with your Google account.
  • Click on the Settings icon at the top right.
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  • Click on View items taking up storage.
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  • You will see a list of all the documents taking up space, then highlight the ones you want to remove and click on remove.
Clear Storage from the Google Drive

Your files are removed and storage space also will be cleared in Google Drive.

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How to Clear Storage on Google Drive using an iPad

iPad and iPhone are similar because they will be functioning on the same operating system. Follow the steps to clear storage on Google Drive.

  • Open your Google Drive on your iPad and sign in with your Google account. 
  • Click on the ‘files’ icon at the bottom left.
  • Long press on a file to make a selection of other files you want to remove.
  • Click on the three vertical dots at the top right and select ‘remove’.
  • Select ‘remove’ to move files to the bin.

Note – Files moved to the bin occupied for some time and can also be accessed before it is permanently deleted. To permanently delete files from Google Drive storage follow the below steps.

  • Tap on the three horizontal lines at the top left.
  • Click on ‘bin’.
  • Select from the files that were moved to the bin you want to delete.
  • Click on ‘delete forever’.

Now your unwanted files have been deleted, you can get some space to store the important files in it.

Clear Storage on Google Drive using an iPhone

iPhone is preferred as the most popular feature designed and marketed by Apple. Google Drive easily accesses all sorts of files on iPhone. Sometimes unnecessary files occupy the space of Google Drive so there might be no space for storing important files in Drive.

The following step-by-step instructions involve how to clear storage using an iPhone

  • Open your Google Drive app on your iPhone and sign in with your Google account.
  • Select the file’s icon at the bottom right.
  • Long press on a file to make the selection of other files you want to remove.
  • Click on the three dots at the right top and select ‘remove’.
  • Select ‘remove’ to move files to the trash.

 To permanently delete files immediately on Google Drive involves the following steps.

  • Tap on the three horizontal lines at the top left.
  • Click on ‘bin’.
  • Select from the files that were moved to ‘bin’ you want to delete permanently and select ‘delete forever’.

It’s done, your storage has been successfully cleared of unwanted or unuseful files.

How to Clear Storage on Google Drive using Android

Clearing files from Google Drive with an Android phone is very easy and it involves the following steps. Follow the below easy steps to clear storage on Google Drive using an Android device.

  • Open your Google Drive app and sign in with your Google account.
  • Click on the files at the bottom right.
  • Long press a file to make a selection of other files you want to remove and click on the three dots at the top right.
  • Select Remove and Click on move to the bin.

Points to be noted – Files deleted from the Drive will be available for 30 days before being permanently deleted. If you want to delete the files immediately in Google Drive using Android follow the steps to do so.

  • Click on the three horizontal lines at the top left.
  • A menu will appear, then select ‘bin’.
  • Select files that have been moved to the ‘bin’ you want to delete permanently.
  • Click on delete forever.

By doing this, your files have been deleted and storage space has been cleared.

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Clear Gmail and Google Photo Space

If the Drive space is blocked by Gmail and Google Photos, you have to clear that as well to get some storage space in Drive. It is recommended that you change from original quality to high-quality for unlimited storage space in the photos app. Go to settings in Google Photos and click on Recover storage to get back the space taken by current uploads.

Conclusion

From this, you have learned how to clear the storage in Google for different platforms. Clearing unwanted files in Google Drive makes space to store the important files.

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