My whole google drive, with files, consist of only 2.5 GB.

I have no idea what else I should throw away.

Yet google insist I am using 30GB of space.

I wonder if I can see detail where do I use those space

Google claim I uses 30GB more

But the screenshot clearly shows that I am using a mere 3.5 GB. I wonder what I actually used. The google photos is moved somewhere else too and that's at most a few gigabytes. Trash is empty

enter image description here

enter image description here

The duplicated question have no answer.

In fact, I upgraded my storage to 100GB. Guess what? Google still complain that I don't have enough room.

  • Your storage may include items not in your local Google drive, such as deleted items in Bin and back-ups from 'phones and other devices in Backups. Have you looked at these folders?
    – AFH
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 15:43
  • So did you check Google Photos and Google Mail yet? There may be an accounting error. Also, do you even have the entirety of your Google Drive synced to your PC?
    – Daniel B
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 16:28
  • phones and other devices in backups? Where can I see it?
    – user4234
    Commented May 20, 2018 at 7:29
  • I have my entire google drive synced to my PC. First time it hits 30GB is a long time ago. I removed some files and it still have problems. What back up folders?
    – user4234
    Commented May 20, 2018 at 9:32
  • In response to your edit, the duplicate definitely has an answer. It's likely that you haven't emptied the trash as the answer states.
    – jonsca
    Commented May 20, 2018 at 22:30

1 Answer 1


These items take up space:

  • Google Drive: Most files in your "My Drive," including PDFs, images, videos. Items in your Trash. Learn how to empty your trash. Note: Your storage isn't used by Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Sites.

  • Gmail: Messages and attachments, including items in your Spam and Trash folders.

  • Google Photos: Photos and videos stored using the "Original" size. (You can change the size so photos and videos don't use storage. Learn more about photo storage.)

Source: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6374270?hl=en

Edit: Also the earlier versions of files (file change history) may take up that space.

  • That doesn't answer the question. I already reduce google drive and google photos
    – user4234
    Commented May 20, 2018 at 7:29
  • Maybe the earlier versions of files (file change history) take up that space, as the answer in the duplicate question suggests.
    – root
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 9:54

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.