When was the last time you used a portable hard drive for storing data? Must been a while, right? Well, thanks to cloud storage services, the traditional ways of storing data have surely become obsolete. Now we have a bunch of cloud storage services that can keep our data safe and allows us to access it easily from any place or system.
Be it Dropbox or Google Drive, each service comes with its own set of pros and cons. But if compared to Dropbox’s 2 GB space, Google Drive surely looks like a pretty good deal in comparison which offers 15 GB of free space. So, if you’re primarily using Google Drive to store majority of data including all your files, videos, pictures and more, here are a few simple steps that’ll help you free up some extra Gigabytes on your Google drive.
Let’s reclaim some extra space on your Google Drive account!
1. Detect the Problem
The first step to free up space on your Google Drive is to find out what’s occupying the maximum storage percentage on Drive. To check that visit Google Drive Storage page and see how much space is take up by your data. On this page, you will also find a few options to upgrade your existing plan in case you need more space.
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2. Analyze Smartly
Well, believe it or not it’s a natural human tendency that whenever we‘re running out of space on any device, we start deleting files haphazardly. So, before you start doing that just take a moment and realize which kinds of file occupy maximum space. Don’t just start deleting your Google Docs and Google sheets first, instead look for videos and heavy files who might be the actual culprits gulping down your storage space.
3. Clean Up Drive
The first thing to keep in mind while deleting files from Google Drive is to delete files permanently. So basically, once you have deleted files from Drive it’s also important to remove it from Trash folder. To save yourself from this overhead you can use the “Delete Forever” option which deletes a file permanently. To do so right click a file and then select “Delete Forever” option.
4. Manage Your Google Photos Settings
Many of us are not aware about this, but our Smartphones automatically store all your pictures and videos to your respective Google Drive account. And due to this a majority of space is occupied on Google Drive without our conscience as all the pictures are stored in high quality format. To stop your Smartphone from saving pictures automatically on your Google Drive, open the menu icon on the top left and go to Settings > and select High Quality. By selecting “High Quality” images will not be saved in their original resolution and only a limited amount of space will be occupied on Google Drive.
5. Get Rid of large Attachments from Gmail
Last but not the least, if you’ve come this far let’s take a moment to organize your Gmail inbox as well. First, let’s get rid of all unwanted newsletter and promotional emails which keeps dropping in your inbox regularly. Next, delete all large attachments from your mailbox to free up some space.
So fellas, here were the five simple steps to free up some space on Google Drive. Hope this will help you reclaiming a few more extra Gigabytes to store your data!