Again out of space on Google Drive? Wondering where all the space is going? Find out here how to find the size of Google Drive, how much is left for files, and how to make room for new files.
First, a Tablespoon of Dark, Rich Soil
contains perhaps twice the earth’s human population in bacteria and other microorganisms.
Such is their astonishing size and incredible number, though it can be hard to tell and count from looking at an everyday spoon’s ful of peat.
Do you feel the same way about Google Drive? Somewhat incredibly large — and astonishingly small; just about impossible to tell from just looking at it?
Let’s find out how to tell the numbers about Google Drive with a bit more precision:
How to Find the Size of Google Drive
Time needed: 3 minutes.
To find the size of your Google Drive (including how much of the space is taken up):
- Take a peek at the Storage information inside Google Drive.
Desktop browser: The information appears in the left panel.
Google Drive apps: Tap the hamburger menu button to see the storage information.
Note: The numbers tell you how much storage you have left, but nothing about how much storage space is used for Google Drive (Google One storage is shared between Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos).
Free: A free Google Drive account comes with 15 GB of storage.
How much left: You have the total size minus what’s used left; in the example screenshot below, 4.3 GB of Google Drive storage are left for use.
- Open Storage inside Google One in a browser to see the actual size of your Google Drive.
Google Drive size: Find the current size occupied by Drive data under Google Drive (alongside data for Gmail and Google Photos); in the example screenshot below, 0.94 GB are used by Google Drive.
Google Drive Storage: FAQ
Can I dedicate Google storage to Google Drive?
Google One storage space is always used on a come first, be served first-basis.
To make room for files on Google Drive, you can
- find and delete large email attachments and messages in Gmail,
- remove pictures from Google Photos or, of course,
- find and delete unneeded big files in Google Drive.
Can I expand the my Google Drive?
Other than making room for files in Google Drive (see above), you can
- purchase additional storage space from Google or
- set up a separate new Gmail account.
Can I find the size for a folder in Google Drive?
No, nowhere will Google Drive, alas, add up the bytes of all files in a folder (or label).
What you can do, of course, is inspect the individual documents and add their sizes manually…
What is the maximum size of Google Drive?
Through storage plans, you can expand Google Drive to up to 30 TB.
What is the maximum file size on Google Drive?
Assuming the storage space allows it, individual files on Google Drive can be up to 5 TB.
(How to examine Google Drive storage tested in a desktop browser and the app for iOS; updated July 2020)