How to check which file consuming more space in Google Drive? Every new Google user awarded with free 15 GB cloud storage on Google Drive which also integrated to many devices at the same time. This practice makes us more convenient for storing the document and open it later at the home or bus station. Surprisingly, most of us don’t realize that the storage capacity is almost full, so we must clean some unnecessary files or upgrading the Google Drive plan.
If you had not ready to purchase premium plan, I suggest you remove some files for additional space. The high-consuming storage is the priority to remove. However, Google Drive interface doesn’t allow you to sort the biggest file quickly like Windows Explorer. Instead, the option is nearly hidden though Google Drive has refreshed its design in recent years.
See how to find out the biggest file on your Google Drive account here.
How to Check Which File Consuming More Space in Google Drive
Go to Google Drive on the desktop PC, and click Settings which represented by gears icon at the upper-right corner of the page.
Next, click the View items taking up storage.
You will be redirected to the page contains every file stored on the Google Drive sorted from the biggest to the smallest one.
In addition, you can quickly access the page using this link http://drive.google.com/#quota. Like I’ve mentioned previously, checking the disk capacity only available for the desktop version. While Google Drive for mobile currently doesn’t come with that feature, even when you try to access it from the mobile browser.
If your Google Drive account has several items that no longer in use. Consider to remove it from the services to free up some space. Check out the following guide about how to delete files on Google Drive properly.
How to Delete Files on Google Drive Permanently
Right-click on the file you intend to delete and select Remove. In order to select multiple files, please use CTRL+LeftClick or SHIFT+Arrow or other similar keyboard function.
After the file(s) has removed, go to Trash section.
From there, right-click on the file and choose Delete forever.
Finally, click DELETE FOREVER. Please keep in mind, after the files deleted permanently, it cannot be recovered. If you wanted to move files to another account, consider to see my previous article How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account.
Moreover, if you wanna remove all files inside the Trash quickly, click the Trash menu and select Empty Trash.
You might wonder what will happen after the Google Drive storage is out of space?
First, you are not able to upload or add any files, the system will reject them. The syncing process also stopped since it commonly will consume more space. Not only that, when people send you messages contains exceeding files (over 25 MB) will be returned to them.
However, other services like Google Photos would not be affected. You can upload new photos and videos at High quality without limit of space. Creating a document on Google Documents still available despite you running out of storage on Google Drive.
Therefore, it’s highly-recommended to ensure that there is an adequate space to prevent the worst possible scenarios that affected another Google services.