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Example: I sent a music track to my sister. I don't want it using my Gmail quota which is getting close to max.

One option is to delete the thread. Less than useful.

One option is to delete just the message. But the message is quoted in other messages. I don't think this will be fruitful.

One option is 'save to Drive'

If I save to drive, is it's presence in my email replaced by a link in Drive?

Then if I delete it in drive is it gone, leaving an empty link?

The first obvious answer is 'try it and see'. But from other readings I suspect that Google is lazy about file clean up. Certainly the update time between deleting something and getting it to show up on your quota is far from instant.

I suspect this doesn't work either, that in fact there the file exists in some blob, and that in both drive and email all that exist are links to that blob.


How can I put my gmail account on a diet just losing specific attachments?

The solution has to be reasonably quick. I have 18,000 messages.

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Gmail and Google Drive share the same storage quota, so if you move your attachments from Gmail to Google Drive you will not save storage space.


If I save to drive, is it's presence in my email replaced by a link in Drive?

Then if I delete it in drive is it gone, leaving an empty link?

No, If you save to Drive, you are saving a copy then you will be closer to the max quota than before until you delete the attachment.

You could use Google Apps Script to save the attachments to Google Drive then delete the original messages (I think that I read some articles but I don't have at hand right now).

An "advanced" solution could be saving the emails messages as Google Documents as they don't consume storage quota, with links to the Google Drive copy of the attachments but this will not same significant amounts of storage quota.

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