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Find and delete large files in Google Drive, Photos and Gmail

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If you’re running out of free space in your Google account, you can easily find and delete the largest documents in your Google Drive, Gmail, or Photos account. Here’s how.

First, go to Google’s storage management website in your Windows 10, Mac, or Linux desktop browser and sign in with your Google account.

Go to Google Storage Manager

Scroll down until you get to the “Large Items” section. Here you’ll find individual boxes with the largest documents in your Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos accounts.

Click the “View & Clear” or “View & Clear” button under any of these tabs to browse a list of the largest files you have stored on that particular service.

View and delete large items on Google storage

On the next screen, you can click on any file to preview it. To remove one or more of the items shown, first select each item you want to remove by clicking the circle in the upper-left corner of the thumbnail (until it shows a checkmark). Then click on the trash can icon in the top right corner of the window.

Select and delete large files on Google Drive

Please note that files deleted here will not be available in the “Bin” or “Trash” folder (the name differs depending on your region) on Google Drive. They will be permanently removed from your account.

In the confirmation prompt that appears, check the box “I understand that once I delete the files, they cannot be recovered from the recycle bin” and then click “Permanently delete”.

Permanently delete large items on Google Drive

Depending on the total size, Google will take a moment to delete the selected files.

If you often run out of space in Google services, consider upgrading your storage with Google One. Good luck!

RELATED: What is Google One and is it worth paying for more storage?

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