Changes to Your Google Account Storage Limits


Google recently announced that they are changing from an unlimited storage model to a limited storage model and will impact the services Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos in higher education environments. This change will take effect in July 2022. To prepare for this upcoming change, we would like you to review your current storage usage and delete any unnecessary files in Drive, Gmail, and Photos. It is anticipated that all users will have a quota of 15GB. Removing unneeded files may take some time, but doing a little each week can help make sure that you are in a good spot when the change takes effect next summer. Here are some tips to help get you started.

Tips to Manage Your Google Storage:

  1. To view how much storage you’re currently using, go to
  2. To review and delete files that you no longer need in Google Drive, go to
  3. To review and delete files that you no longer need in shared drives, go to
  4. To search for and delete emails that you no longer need, go to Manage files in your Google Drive storage and follow the instructions for Gmail.

Please note: Media files like videos, photos, audio files take up the most amount of space. Deleting these sorts of files are likely to make a bigger impact on your storage utilization. Additionally, it can take a few days for your space to recalculate after deleting files.

When will this take effect?

These steps will be voluntary through 2021. Beginning in 2022, we will implement storage limits on all users in our organization. Please complete the steps above as soon as possible. We’ll share more information, including your specific storage limit, later this year.

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Article ID: 137900
Fri 9/17/21 4:28 PM