I can't figure out how to solve this. GDrive says I'm out of space - WAY OUT OF SPACE. As in, 44.6GB out of 15GB used. This can only be because I had a ~40GB iPhoto Library that got backed up because it happened about a day after that backup started. My understanding was that those photos would not count towards my quota, but regardless I went ahead and deleted it, and all the photos it had backed up from my phone, and yes I emptied the trash days ago. But it still says I'm completely, massively out of space.

How can I get back to under 15GB as I was before this?

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    Does this answer your question? What is consuming my Google Drive space? Mar 17, 2020 at 17:37
  • Nope not at all. As far as I can see there is nothing consuming the space. I can't see any reason why GDrive apparently refuses to recognize that I deleted the largest file(s). Also, Drive does not display the allocation when hovering as indicated in that answer (at least it doesn't for me in Chrome). I'm guessing it was a feature that is no longer implemented.
    – JVC
    Mar 17, 2020 at 21:14
  • Error 404... D'oh...
    – JVC
    Mar 17, 2020 at 21:40
  • Check this one.google.com/storage (only works for consumer accounts) Mar 17, 2020 at 21:40
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    So I see... I believed I was set to High Quality mode but apparently not. Thankfully they give an option to compress everything and reclaim the space. If you care to make an answer about the high quality option, I'll accept it.
    – JVC
    Mar 17, 2020 at 21:57

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It's very likely that the photos are counting against your storage quota because, due to some reason, they were upload as "original quality" (or something like that) instead as "high quality"

If you have a free/consumer account you could check what app is using the storage quota in https://one.google.com/storage

NOTE: The above link only works for consumer accounts.

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