I've reached the point my drive is almost full. Seemed easy enough to handle by deleting stuff. But it's not so simple. Deleting many large files (2+ GB worth) did nothing to change the amount of storage I'm using and I have no idea why. The files are gone, but they seem to still be taking up space somehow.

I'm sure I'm not the first person to want to free up space on their Google Drive, how do I do it?


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Deleted files and folders from your Google Drive go to Trash which is also part of total storage. So go to Trash icon and delete files from there also. You will be able to see the available space after that.

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Note, once you delete any item from Trash that cannot be recovered. It will be deleted permanently.

  • Thanks! Just found years worth of stuff I've deleted...
    – Shane
    Mar 5, 2020 at 7:31

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