Google Drive is a blessing for us today and for obvious reasons. It helps you access important files as you need them without much hustle and is one of the most popular cloud storage platforms.
But what if the storage suddenly and unexpectedly goes full? Not only that, when you check for the garbage that has taken up the necessary space, you just can’t find it. Sounds horrific, doesn’t it?
Let’s have a look at the problem and the ways to deal with the issue of full Google Drive storage. But first, we must know about Google Drive itself.
Google Drive storage
Google Drive is one of the most trusted and widely used cloud storage services. And almost every user with a Google account has Google Drive on their phones. In fact, most of the phones come with Google Drive preinstalled in them.
And Google Drive comes with 15 GB of cloud space that is pretty good. In fact, this much space may seem like too much to some people already.
But all for the big space, Google Drive may still get filled up earlier than you expected. And this issue can be problematic, not only for storage but for e-mails as well.
And how is that, you may wonder? Well, your Gmail ID also uses Google Drive storge. So if the storage is full, you may stop receiving your e-mails on your Gmail ID.
Alright, so now does it sound a bit too serious? Of course, it does. Because if you miss one of those important e-mails from your college, office or friends, that might land you in trouble.
But don’t worry, we have just the solution for you. Read on to know what to do when you have full Google Drive storage but no files in it.
Check available Google Drive storage
Yes, that’s always the best way to go about it. Know how serious your problem is, or in this case, how little space you are left with. This can help you prioritize when and how soon you need to deal with this issue.
And another more important reason to know this is to determine what exactly it is that is taking up the storage space. This can help you in deciding what can be the quick fix if you need space immediately for some reason.
Your complete Google storage includes Google Drive, Google Photos and Gmail. So knowing which one is taking the most space will help. Suppose if Google Drive is taking less space than the other two, then it means you need to focus elsewhere.
If Google Photos is taking up the larger space, you can create some immediate storage by changing the quality of the images for the moment. If your e-mails are jammed up, then you have to delete some e-mails.
And, if it is indeed Google Drive that has taken up most of the space, then read further to know how to deal with this issue.
Delete large files
I know this might seem like an obvious first step, but it was important to mention because some people don’t know how to deal with it.
Even when you know that you need to delete larger files, you don’t know how to locate them in the endless number of files.
The easiest way to do this is to sort your files. There are different ways in which files are stored in Google Drive. Just open Google Drive and sort it in order of the file size from larger to smaller files. Delete the unnecessary larger files and free up some space.
In case these files are important, just download and save them on your PC and then delete them from your Google Drive storage. That should clear up some required space.
Clear the bin
Clearing the trash files in the bin is another way to deal with full Google Drive storage. Now how is it different from simply deleting your files?
When you delete your files from Google Drive, it doesn’t simply become non-existent. The deleted file is then stored in the bin.
This is very much similar to the recycle bin in your PC. The selected files in Google Drive are stored in bin temporarily in case you need to recover them again later on. You have to delete the trash from the bin to actually clear up some space.
Just open the Google Drive on the web and select the ‘Bin’ option from the left sidebar. Now select ‘Empty Bin’ option and then refresh the page and check the storage.
On Android, open the Google Drive app and again select the option ‘Trash’ from the sidebar. Select all the files in the trash and then select ‘delete forever’. Restart your phone and check the now available storage.
In case the storage is still showing full, just sign out and sign in again.
Clear the cache
Clearing cache also helps in making up space on your full Google Drive storage. Just go to the settings of your phone and select ‘Apps and notifications’ or ‘Installed apps’. From here, just select Google Drive and clear cache for the app.
Clearing cache will help in clearing up some space in the Google Drive Storage and you don’t have to worry about losing any extra data. Clearing cache will not delete any actual file from the storage.
Just restart your phone after clearing the cache. If this is still not working, then check in on another device after following every other step.
And keep in mind that you should wait for at least 24 hours for the Google Drive storage to refresh itself. In some time, Google Drive will update the storage soon.
Hope this article helped you deal with the issue of Full Google Drive storage.
Until next time!