Google Photos is a well-known photo and video backup service. Its unlimited uploads (which expire on June 1st) and high level of integration with services such as Google Drive make it a must-have software on many Android and iOS devices.

Now that Google Photos no longer provides free unlimited storage, photo management is more important than ever. Whether you’re transferring all of your photos to iCloud or switching to one of the many Google Photos alternatives, you’ll need to free up some space. So, if you’re considering doing so, here are the best ways to free up space in Google Photos.

How to Delete and Free up Space in Google Photos

To manage your cloud storage, you can use Google Photos’ new storage management tool or the tool included in Google One. We’ve included instructions for both, and you can choose the one that works best for you. Let’s get started with the steps to delete unwanted media from Google Photos right away.

Use Storage Management Tool on Google Photos Mobile

You can clean up your photo library on an iPhone or an Android device by following these simple steps.

  1. Open the Google Photos app and tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner.
  2. Tap on Account storage in the pop-up that appears now. Account storage is also accessible via Settings -> Photos settings -> Back up & sync -> Manage storage.
  3. You should now see several options for reviewing and deleting your photos and videos. Google Photos categorizes potentially unwanted media files as follows: Large photos and videos, Blurry photos, Screenshots, and Other apps. It is worth noting that only photos and videos that are part of your Google Account storage will appear here.
    How to Delete and Free up Space in Google Photos
  4. Tap on any of the aforementioned categories you want to review and uncheck the ones you don’t want to keep. Once the files have been selected, press the trash icon in the upper right corner to move them to the trash.
    How to Delete and Free up Space in Google Photos
  5. Once the files are in the trash, go to Google Photos’ Trash section and click the Delete all button to permanently delete them and free up space on Google Photos.
    How to Delete and Free up Space in Google Photos

Use Storage Management Tool on Google Photos Web

You don’t need to pick up your phone to clear out your Google Drive account storage if you’re trying to clear out your photos. You can also do it from the web app. This is how.

  1. Navigate to the Storage section from the left sidebar of Google Photos on the web. This link will take you directly to the storage quota management section.
  2. When you arrive, you’ll see the same options to review and delete photos as you would on the mobile app. To view media in that category, select one of the options.
  3. Select the images and videos you no longer require and delete them by clicking the ‘Move to Trash’ button in the top right corner.
  4. Google will permanently delete files from the trash after 60 days, but you can delete them immediately by going to the Trash section in the left sidebar and clicking the ‘Empty trash’ button.
How to Delete and Free up Space in Google Photos
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That’s how you clear out space in Google Photos to make room for new files. You can use the built-in tools to quickly and easily remove unwanted and duplicate photos and videos that are eating up your storage space. Also, I recommend that you check your Gmail storage because it may be consuming a large portion of your account’s storage quota. In any case, if you require additional storage, you could consider purchasing a Google One subscription, which starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB of storage.