How to Get More Storage for Your Gmail Account

Find out what is — and isn't — taking up your Google storage space

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:

  1. Log in to your Google account.

  2. Select your profile image.

    Google account with the profile image highlighted
  3. Select Google Account.

    Google profile with the "Google Account" button highlighted
  4. Go to the Account storage section to see how much storage you've used and how much is allotted to your account.

    Google Account page with the account storage usage highlighted
  5. Select Manage storage.

    Google Account page with the Manage Storage button highlighted
  6. You'll see a breakdown of how you use your storage by type.

    Google current storage
  7. 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.

    Google storage upgrade screen with the More options button highlighted
  8. 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.

    Google Account's Current Storage screen with the "Learn how to manage storage" button highlighted
  9. Explore the options presented for clearing out your existing storage.

    Google suggestions for freeing up Drive spage

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.
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