Tidying up your Google Drive

Instructions on how to tidy up your Google Drive

How do I find how much space I am using?

Just click this Google Storage information link.

Delete the largest files

  1. Go to https://drive.google.com/drive/quota
  2. Login with your @aucklanduni.ac.nz details if prompted
  3. You will see a list of the largest files in your Google Drive. You can right click on them individually and then click Remove. You can also use the Command button (Mac) or CTRL key (Windows) to select multiple files
  4. The files are moved to the Bin where they remain for 30 days until they are automatically deleted. Note that it will take up to 24 hours for the used space to reflect that you've deleted files

Moving files from Google Drive

Check out how to move files from Google Drive to other storage locations.

What takes up space on my Google Drive?

Most files in your My Drive take up space. For example:

As of 1st February 2022, newly created Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings or Forms files count toward storage.

Files that already exist don't count toward storage unless they're modified on or after 1st February 2022.

What doesn't use space on my Google Drive?

  • Files in "Shared with me" and shared drives. These files only take up space in the owner's Google Drive
  • Google Sites
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawings files you create before 1st February 1 2022, and don't edit after that date

More information and questions

Check out this information from Google on other steps to reduce your storage, what takes up storage and questions related to storage on Google Drive.