Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Get More Storage for Your Gmail Account Find out what is — and isn't — taking up your Google storage space by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on December 18, 2019 Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email As of 2019, every Google user receives 15 GB of free online storage for use with Google Drive and Google Photos, but your Gmail account is tied in there, too. If you have a hard time deleting messages or frequently receive large email attachments, you could easily approach that 15 GB limit. When this happens to you, Google will sell you additional storage space on its servers. How to Buy More Storage for Your Gmail Account To see how much Google storage you have left or to buy more storage, go to the Drive Storage screen of your Google account. Here's how: Log in to your Google account. Select your profile image. Select Google Account. Go to the Account storage section to see how much storage you've used and how much is allotted to your account. Select Manage storage. You'll see a breakdown of how you use your storage by type. To buy more storage, scroll down to see available storage options. Then, select the storage plan you want to buy, or select More options to see more plans. When you've made a choice, follow the purchase instructions. If you don't want to buy more storage and want to find ways to free up your existing storage, scroll up on the Current Storage screen and select Learn how to manage storage. Explore the options presented for clearing out your existing storage. Other Solutions Beyond clearing out existing storage, there are other ways to gain more storage. If you don't need your mail in one place, forward it to a different email service. When you do, choose an option that deletes the copy from your Gmail account.Sign up for another Gmail account with 15 GB storage and forward recent messages there. Then, use your current address with the new account.Download your mail to a desktop email program and remove it from the Gmail account. The messages remain, but instead of being online and taking up online storage space, messages are saved to your computer's hard drive or an external hard drive.