A few years ago, I had to up my Google Drive storage to 2 TB because I continually bumped up against the maximum space of a smaller cloud account. Since the increase, I haven’t (yet) had to worry about Google Drive storage.
If you’ve not made the jump into the terabyte levels of storage on Google Drive, you might be having trouble with space. When you run into that issue, the first question might be, “What’s using all of my storage?” Most likely, pictures and videos are the culprits. However, you might be surprised that, at some point during your work with Drive, you’ve uploaded larger files that continue to consume your storage space…until you delete them.
Also: Google Drive has a new search filter to make it even easier to find your files
But how do you find out what’s gobbling up all that space?
There’s actually a simple method for uncovering that information — and I’m going to show you how it’s done.
Also: The top cloud storage services
Locate the files taking up space (web version)
What you’ll need: To do this, you’ll need a valid Google account and a web browser. I’ll first demonstrate on the web version of Google Drive and then demonstrate on the Android app.
On the left side of the window, you’ll see the Storage entry just above Get More Storage. Click Storage to open the Storage viewer.
In the resulting window, the files should be listed by size, with the largest at the top. If not, click the Storage Used arrow until it’s pointing down. You should now see the largest files saved to Google Drive.
To delete a file, you simply select it and then click the Trash icon near the top of the window. If you want to select multiple entries, hold the Shift key on your keyboard and select all you want. After making your selections, click the Trash icon and say goodbye to those large files taking up your space.
Locate the files taking up space (app version)
1. Open Storage
Open the Google Drive app on your mobile device and tap the three horizontal lines button near the top left. From the resulting menu, tap Storage.
2. Open the Storage Manager
On the resulting page, tap Clean Up Space at the bottom to open the Storage Manager.
3. Open the Large Files section
On the next screen, scroll down to Large Items and then swipe to the left until you see Large Files. Tap to open that section.
4. Delete those large files
To delete specific files, tap the associated circle for any file to be deleted and then tap the Trash icon that appears in the top right corner of the window.
And that’s all there is to locate and delete the larger files hanging out in your Google Drive account. Just make sure to not randomly delete files to reclaim space. Delete wisely, so you don’t regret losing a particularly important file.
Jack Wallen: Here’s how to…