If you feel that the files and attachments on your Gmail are critical and you want to keep them, then you can opt to purchase additional storage from Google by paying a particular fee. But if you do not wish to purchase extra storage, then you have no other option but to delete files from your Gmail. You must remember that the 15GB of storage is shared between Google Drive, Gmail and Google photos. So, you would need to delete unnecessary files from all three to reclaim substantial storage.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create more space in your Gmail inbox: –
Step 1: – Open your Gmail Inbox. Now you will see different tabs under which the emails have been categorised such as Social, Promotions, Updates, Forums etc.
Step 2: – Open each tab and select all emails on one page by ticking on the selection option towards left corner which looks like an empty square shape.
Step 3: – When you select all emails on a page, you will also see an option written towards the centre of the page “All 50 conversations on this page are selected.” Next to it would be a link titled “Select all ……conversations in………..” Click on this link to select all conversations under a tab at once and then press the trash icon. If you want to keep some of the conversations, then you must uncheck the boxes manually.
Step 4: – Repeat the same action for all tabs including spam. Now towards the left of your screen, you will see an option titled “Trash”. Click on it. Now you will see many email conversations that have been deleted from your inbox but are still using up space.
Step 5: – Repeat Step 3 and select all emails under trash. Then you will see an option next to the selection button titled “Delete Forever”. Press it, and all these emails would be deleted. This would free up some space in your inbox.
Step 6: – Repeat the step for Primary Inbox, but here you must select only those emails that are unnecessary for you and have big attachments. This you must do manually. As files once deleted from the inbox and trash, cannot be recovered. This would free up a lot of space in your Gmail inbox.
Step 7: – If you want more free space, open your Google Drive and Google Photos. Select and delete unnecessary files from them also. As the storage space is shared between Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos, removing files from either would free up space for all three to use.
Just make it a habit of deleting unnecessary emails from your Gmail inbox regularly so that there is sufficient free space available otherwise you would be unable to receive emails if the storage space is full.