How can I put my gmail account on a diet just losing specific attachments?
My google account is up to 12.5 GB. All but a fraction of that is email.
I want to put my gmail account on a diet.
The problem stems from quoted messages. If a message has an attachment, then the reply ALSO has an attachment, unless I explicitly delete it on creation of a reply.
In conversation view I have 79 threads that are over 10 MB. In unthreaded view I have 279 and it's a lot of the same subject lines.
Example: I sent an image to my sister. I don't want it using my Gmail quota which is getting close to max. She replies. Now that image is in my original and in her reply. If I don't explictly remove quoted text, if I reply to her, I now have 3 copies of that image.
Yes, I know. Store the image as a high quality image and send her a link. Gmail's photo repository is not designed for large numbers of images. Finding anything takes half a forever once you have a hundred thousand images or so.
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? Probably not.
Then if I delete it in drive is it gone, leaving an empty link? Ideally this would be implemented internally on gmail servers as hard links.
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.
Option 1: Is there a program that can edit my mail folders, moving images to Drive as mere High Quality images, and replacing the image with a link to the image on drive?
Option 2: Is there an add-on that I can use that will edit my messages and remove quoted text from the messages? Ideally this can target an individual thread or a particular label. Also: This add-on has to be smart enough to recognize that sometimes a reply is interleaved with the original, and in that case, it is NOT to delete the quoted text.
Option 3: Is there a mac email client that understands labels and can archive older email on my local machine, but leave the last N years on gmail's servers?
The solution has to be reasonably quick. I have 18,000 messages.