Cleaning out Gmail

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I've had Gmail for a long time and I've used that option whereby you never get to see most of your spam, but only get "important" mail. I'm lazy and never bothered to delete my spam so it collected over the years.

 

A while ago i got a notice on my gmail account saying I'll soon be out of storage space and I can either buy more space or clear out, otherwise I won't be able to send or receive mail. So I cleared out. My spam is now virtually empty, as well as a LOT of old inbox mails especially those with attachments. But I still have that warning, and now it says I'm out of storage space, ie 15 Gb used of 15 GB. Going into the details, it says that 13.49 GB of that is from Gmail, 1.51 from Drive, and 0 from photos.

 

I am wondering now how best to clean up. Is there some system? what is taking up the space, is it attachments, or what? M< attempts up to now, removing thousands dating back to 2006, have not made the slightest dent apparently. I don't really want to do a radical cull as you never know if certain mails  (esp. with attachments) might become useful in the future so to go through everything seems like a chore I'd rather avoid. What kind of mails take up all that space?

 

My spam is not absolutely empty as well as my unread mail except for 2017 and 2016. All of that went apparently to a Bin which I'd like to delete forever -- how?

 

Grateful for all clever tips.

Of course I could just create a new gmail account... which is a hassle.

 

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EDIT: Re-Read see you haven't emptied the bin. OK...

 

They try to hide it for some reason.

 

In the list of folders on the left click 'more'.

Then select bin (or the folder with the trash-can icon if you are using a language other than English).

Then At the top of the folder view should be an 'empty bin now' link which will clean up a lot of stuff.

 

If you have done that and you are still using lots of space you can try searching for emails with large attachments.

 

Try these example searches:-

 

Or you can setup an external mail client to read your gmail and use its tools to manage large files. The details of that will depend on the client you choose.

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7104828?hl=en

 

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Hi Aruna. I have just done this. What I did was installed Thunderbird Mail, then set up on my PC accounts for my mail servers Yahoo, Gmail and Zoho. Under the Thunderbird folders I created within "Local Folders" one titled Gmail. Then I sorted out all the stuff I wished to keep and deleted the rest. In my case as I'd never been a huge Gmail user I deleted the whole account. 

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You can do a search in gmail based on the size.  

 

So if you type in "larger:5m" then it will show you all items which are larger than 5mb.  

So you could maybe start by doing this, change the size and then see what is taking the space and delete them.

 

You can do something similar by date, so "older_than:5y" will show items older than 5 years.

 

And if you combine them "larger:5m older_than:5y" it will show you items older than 5 years which are larger than 5mb.

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1 hour ago, pappnase said:

EDIT: Re-Read see you haven't emptied the bin. OK...

 

They try to hide it for some reason.

 

In the list of folders on the left click 'more'.

Then select bin (or the folder with the trash-can icon if you are using a language other than English).

Then At the top of the folder view should be an 'empty bin now' link which will clean up a lot of stuff.

 

If you have done that and you are still using lots of space you can try searching for emails with large attachments.

 

Try these example searches:-

 

Or you can setup an external mail client to read your gmail and use its tools to manage large files. The details of that will depend on the client you choose.

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7104828?hl=en

 

 

 

Ha! Thanks, found it. It has 56000 mails in there!!! About to delete them all... unfortunately apparently you have to delete one page at a time, with 100 a page. This will take forever...  or is there a way to bulk delete?

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4 minutes ago, arunadasi said:

 

 

Ha! Thanks, found it. It has 56000 mails in there!!! About to delete them all... unfortunately apparently you have to delete one page at a time, with 100 a page. This will take forever...  or is there a way to bulk delete?

 

Yes, there is. Look at the top...

 

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3 hours ago, pappnase said:

EDIT: Re-Read see you haven't emptied the bin. OK...

 

They try to hide it for some reason.

 

 

 

 

The reason I would guess is so you buy more space. The bin is REALLY carefully hidden; as I had a lot of labels I nearly missed it, and it wasn't even in that list under "b".

Up to now I was looking under Trash but Trash was empty; however, when you go to the Bin, it*s called Trash. Very sneaky of them.

 

Eta: it does say that  "messages that have been in Bin for more than 30 days will be automatically deleted) "

So now at least the bin is a bit less full and I guess if I wait a month the rest will be automatically deleted.

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Also, the warnings might continue until all the backup servers get caught up.  Give it a day or so.

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1 hour ago, catjones said:

Also, the warnings might continue until all the backup servers get caught up.  Give it a day or so.

 

The warning has gone and I'm down to 52781...

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Related topic: A few years ago, I wanted to delete/deactivate my gmail account, but I can remember it was quite difficult with some hidden settings and I'm a senior IT consultant for crying out loud :). Basically, they don't want you to delete it.

 

13 minutes ago, arunadasi said:

The warning has gone and I'm down to 52781...

You should be done by Whit Monday :D.

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I go to "My Account" in google and the "Delete your account or services" button is on the first page. I don't really want to delete my google account just to prove a point, but it doesn't seem to be particularly hidden to me.

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Moral of the story - don't get into bed with Google anything. Am I the only one who has avoided them completely?

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3 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

Moral of the story - don't get into bed with Google anything. Am I the only one who has avoided them completely?

 

You dont use YouTube? 

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I do use youtube occasionally but I don't sign up for it or give them any of my private info.

 

I'm well aware that anywhere I go on the internet can track me and all info that I put out there.

 

I just don't register and ask for trouble with the likes of Google, FB, etc.

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1 hour ago, Marianne013 said:

I go to "My Account" in google and the "Delete your account or services" button is on the first page. I don't really want to delete my google account just to prove a point, but it doesn't seem to be particularly hidden to me.

 

I don't want to delete my account, just de-junk it.

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1 hour ago, fraufruit said:

Moral of the story - don't get into bed with Google anything. Am I the only one who has avoided them completely?

 

don't you have an android phone?  

 

 

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Over the last few days I've also opened all my spammy mails and unsubscribed from every one of them. It really annoys me the way as soon as a business has your email they automatically subscribe you. Not any more, not with me. Already I'm getting far fewer of them.

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Aruna check out the site unroll.me. That will collect all spam emailers for you.

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16 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:

Aruna check out the site unroll.me. That will collect all spam emailers for you.

 

Thanks, done. Very useful.

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