How To Know Which Files Are Taking Up A Lot Of Your Space In Google Drive

Indeed, Google Drive is a great platform for storing and saving a lot of our important files, documents, images, and videos. Besides the fact that it’s secured and protected, it also doesn’t ruin the quality of everything we’re storing on it. However, we should take into account the fact that it offers only limited storage and so over time, you might use up all the space already.


When that happens, what usually needs to be done is to delete unnecessary files from your Drive if you want to have some more of its storage available for future use. Yet in doing so, we should be careful of which items to delete because you might accidentally make mistakes and completely erase files you still need. To avoid such problems, one thing that could help is to identify the kinds of files that are taking up a lot of your storage.

Yes. You can do that in Google Drive and in this guide, we’ll teach you how to do it the easy way.

1. Go to the Settings in Google Drive.

Open Google Drive either on your mobile device or desktop. After that, click on the gear icon symbol located at the upper-right part of your screen. That’s the settings in Google Drive.

2. Click the “Settings” option.

You’ll be presented with three options after clicking that, make sure to click the very first one, “Settings”.

3. Select “View items taking up storage”.

Then, a new window will pop out that looks like the one in the given example below. On the storage section, click on the red text that says “View items taking up storage” to be directed to viewing all the files on your Drive.

4. Identify the files to or not to delete.

The arrangement of the files would be from the biggest to the smallest storage used, thus, it will actually be easier for you to pick out large files that you think are unnecessary anymore. The amount of storage used for each file shows directly on their right, like what’s boxed in the picture.

You can freely scroll through all the files, even until the end of it if you want, and choose which you think you don’t need anyone so that they can be deleted.

5. Delete your unnecessary files.

Once you’ve identifies the files you wish to delete, place your cursor on them, right-click on your mouse, and select the “Remove” option. This will automatically move your deleted files to the trash.

Remove Unnecessary Files From Your Drive

Now that you know how to see the files that are taking up too much of your storage in Google Drive, I suggest you begin with deleting all the unnecessary items you have there. This will enable you to use Drive for a much longer period of time, otherwise, you won’t be able to store any more files in it — unless you’re willing enough to purchase more storage.

Start applying everything you’ve learned here this instant!