Is your account approaching the limit of 15 GB of free storage? See how to release your account with ease.

Is your account approaching the 15 GB free storage limit? See how to free up your account with ease.

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When you first sign up for a Google account, 15 GB may seem like a lot, but by including all the services (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, etc.), you could quickly lose you hit that limit. In ” cleaner ” this one, you'll free up more space for your digital needs while avoiding paying for additional storage.

By “cleaning up”, we mean deleting items that are no longer needed: heavy files attached to emails, subscriptions to uninteresting lists, old messages, etc. There are solutions on the market like Clean Email, but which require monthly or annual subscriptions ($43/year). 

By intuitive search

One of Gmail's best features is its intuitive search function, which you can use to sort through your inbox however you see fit – and pinpoint exactly which messages to delete as quickly as possible. There are also built-in sorting and categorizing features that can help you organize leftover important messages (and better sort incoming messages in the future).

Heavy attachments

To the right of the Search box, select the “greater than” size with a specific size, say 1MB and above. Further down, you can also check the box “Contains an attachment” to only include emails that have a file attachment. Run the search to get a list of emails sorted by size in megabytes. If there are any attachments you need to keep, consider saving them somewhere else – your computer – and deleting them from your Gmail account.

Category Disposal

< p>By default, Gmail classifies your emails into categories, which are in the left column, under Trash. There are elements Social Networks, Notifications, Forums, Promotions. Click one of the categories to choose all the messages of the same nature, check ” Select all messages “, then Delete. Or sort manually if you prefer.

Unsubscribe from lists

Oh the lists! We subscribe to it, but unsubscribing is sometimes a headache and we then prefer to let it go. These messages are added to our inbox every day, we delete them, but everything has to be started over. Use the Gmail search bar to search for all messages that contain the word “unsubscribe” or “Unsubscribe” in the body. for messages in English. It will take some time to manually unsubscribe from all of these lists, but it's worth the investment.

Delete by sender

For messages from a former job or a department you no longer use, collect them with the same Search command, indicating in the “From” field the sender's email address to delete. In the same window, you can refine your search by adding criteria or even several senders at once. Launch the search to lighten your Gmail account.

Delete by date

Your emails from more than three years ago have probably become useless. Select the date range (eg 1 year for all messages from 2010 to 2012) and delete them with one click. Even after the search, you can modify the dates again in the Search box.

Another method by date, just sort the messages by the oldest first. Go to the upper right corner to alternate the classification of the newest messages by the oldest. Select as many old messages as you want to delete them.

Gmail's search function is well designed, provided you know how to take advantage of it to relieve your Google account at no cost under 15 GB.< /p>

In addition, you can apply the same sorting rules to your email software to clean up Mail (Apple), Outlook (Microsoft), and many others.