How to release space in Gmail: 5 tricks that work

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Gmail's inbox can accumulate thousands and thousands of emails over the years. However, you only have 15GB of free storage in your Google account, and you need to share it with Google Photos and Google Drive as well. Therefore, in this article we explain to you 5 simple tricks that work to free up space in Gmail and thus recover the storage space occupied by the emails you no longer need.

È normal to accumulate those emails of we are talking about: old messages that are no longer needed, spam that we forget to delete or large emails that we do not give the necessary importance. Until you check the free storage in your Google account and see that those 15 GB are about to be consumed. If you don't want to pay for a Google One subscription, you can free up space in Gmail with these 5 tricks.



These 5 tricks will help you free up space on Gmail quickly.

Use Google's storage manager

Google's storage manager is a good tool for checking out those 15GB of free storage or the ones you're subscribed to. As the name suggests, this feature helps you manage that space informing you of the largest files stored and discarded in so that you can delete them with just one click and thus easily free up storage space.

Therefore, using Google's storage manager is one of the tricks that works to clean up Gmail. These are the steps you need to follow to do it, they are the same in both the Android app and the web version:

  1. Log in to Google Storage Manager.
  2. Look for windows with the Gmail logo, because there is content that the tool recommends you to delete. For example, you can delete spam emails and emails with large items.



Eliminate heavier emails

Another good way to free up space on Gmail is to delete emails that contain large files. In this case the procedure to follow varies if you do it from the browser version or from the Android app. In the first case, Gmail has a specific filter to find the heaviest emails. So you can use it:

  1. Open Gmail in your web browser.
  2. Click the down arrow to the right of the search bar.
  3. In the "Size" section, select "Greater than" and enter a number in the text field. Also, you can select whether they will be MB, KB or bytes.
  4. Click «Search» to find the largest emails. Now you just have to delete the ones you don't care about.

Apply the size filter to find the largest emails in Gmail.

If you use Gmail from the Android application, you can find even the heaviest emails, but in this case it is by entering a specific command. So you can do it:

  1. Apri Gmail nell’app Android.
  2. Enter the command "Has: largest attachment: 10M" to find files larger than the entered size, in this case 10 MB. You can change that number without any problems.
  3. Search, select the emails you no longer need and delete them to save space in Gmail.

Empty your message bin

Another trick you can do to free up storage space in Gmail is to empty the trash, that section where The emails you have deleted are kept for 30 days from the inbox. As we said, that trash can automatically delete emails that have been around for more than 30 days, but it's good to delete them directly so they don't take up space, because you already know you don't need them.



To empty the Gmail trash, follow these steps both from the app and in the web version:

  1. Apri Gmail.
  2. Scroll the menu on the left and access the "Trash" section.
  3. Click on the option "Empty trash now" and confirm the procedure by clicking on «Empty».


Delete all spam emails

If the emails are in the spam folder, it is it is almost entirely probable that they will not be useful to you. For this reason, we recommend that you empty that tray regularly to eliminate unnecessary messages and save space. Here's how you can delete all spam emails, a similar procedure in both Android and the web version:

  1. Apri Gmail.
  2. Scroll the left menu and enter the "Spam" section.
  3. Click on the option "Clear spam now" and confirm the procedure by clicking on «Empty».

Delete years old emails

As we said at the beginning of this article, it has happened to all of us - and it happens to us today - of accumulating emails for years and years that we forgot to cancel earlier. The most normal thing is that these messages have already lost their usefulness, so we recommend that you look back to delete older emails.


In this case, there is a filter to find these specific emails in the web version of Gmail. So you can do it:

  1. Open Gmail in your web browser.
  2. Click the down arrow to the right of the search bar.
  3. In the «Date range» section you can configure a specific search period and, in this way, find the oldest emails. Then you will just have to select the ones you don't care about and delete them.

Another method of finding older emails is go directly to the last page of the inbox, which you can do directly by clicking on the number of pages that appears in the upper right corner of the Gmail interface, above the tray with all the emails.

If your 15GB is running out, we recommend that you practice these 5 tricks to gain space that you were missing out on due to frequent use of Google's email service.

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