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I had 22GB of emails usage in Google. Then I went and deleted all emails bigger than 5M, then all with PPT or PPTX files. Then all from forums, promotions, updates and social. All in all over 60k emails. Now my usage is still showing 22GB and they want me to pay for more space. How can that be?

I also did delete the trash manually.

After some 30 minutes, the usage fell from 22GB to 18GB. So I managed to delete 4GB with 60k emails. However it's still strange that I have 18GB in only 20k emails, and 4GB in over 60k deleted emails.

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migrated from superuser.com Nov 16 '15 at 19:17

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The question is tagged with google-drive, so I have to ask: Do you keep a lot of photos or movies on your google drive? They are almost always the bulk of people's data. A text email uses almost no space. The PPTs use a little bit. You essentially deleted 60K grains of sand from the beach when the large rocks are what are using your space. – Zach Mierzejewski Nov 17 '15 at 1:20
This might be helpful: How do I free up my Gmail's storage? – Al E. Nov 17 '15 at 2:23
Storage is also shared among all google apps - photos and drive included, I think. – Zlatko Nov 17 '15 at 10:53
22GB of space is nothing. But how the hell do you have 60k emails? – blankip Nov 17 '15 at 18:25

It could take up to 24 hrs. to the storage meter to be updated.


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If you're using Google Drive/Images, your storage space is shared across all three applications.

You can check your photos account here: https://photos.google.com/

And Google drive here: https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive

Clearing down data in these areas should help.

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Deleted messages are kept in Trash (gmail trash) for 30 days.

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I Did that too. – Ska Nov 16 '15 at 20:11

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