There are ‘hooks’ like the 5GB free iCloud that I filled up very soon, but others like the 15GB of Gmail mail that take a long time. I have had my email address for almost 20 years and not only have I never filled it out, but today I think I never will and the best thing is that I have not needed advanced configurations or thorough periodic cleaning: enough a couple of tricks to keep Gmail storage at bay. And if it’s too late, I leave you another easy, quick and free emergency solution.
Unsubscribe He is my best friend
If there’s one thing that’s bombarded my email over the years, it’s spam., and it is not always unwanted: sometimes I want to receive newsletters, but over time they take up space until it is time to put in the scissors. Plus, my tastes and interests have changed over the years, so something I subscribed to in 2010 may be indifferent to me right now.
By law It is mandatory that these types of emails have the information to unsubscribe, something that is generally included in very small font at the bottom of the email and even in gray, so that it goes unnoticed. If the email is in Spanish, it is likely that something like ‘unsubscribe‘ either ‘Drop out‘, but in other automated services or in English, it comes directly ‘Unsubscribe‘. When you tap, you are taken to another screen where you can execute the discharge.
A good habit that does not take too much time is precisely unsubscribe when an email arrives about something that does not interest us. Thus, progressively our email becomes less filled. The problem is that when you have had an account for almost 20 years like I have, many unwanted emails have already slipped in, taking up space.
It has an easy solution: Go to the search box and type ‘Unsubscribe’ (without the quotes). When we run the search, we will see the emails that are in our account with that word and that are highly likely to be promotions, newsletters and so on. Now just select them all by checking the box in the upper left corner and delete them. When you check this box, you will see that Gmail warns that it only deletes the 50 included on the page, but right next to it and in blue you will see the option to ‘Select all conversations that match this search’. Then just tap on delete and confirm. With a stroke of a pen you can delete GBs at once.
Several things to keep in mind: There are 30 days to recover any email from the trash and it does not imply deleting yourself from those mailing lists or deleting your account, nor will it prevent you from unsubscribing.
This simple action is a good and quick way to keep the occupied space at bay and from here on, when I receive an email from one of those websites again, I will have the option of going to the link to unsubscribe at the bottom or directly , look for it on its own website.
Goodbye to emails with large attachments
The second action that has helped me take care of Gmail storage space is to delete emails with large email attachments (the maximum allowed is 25 MB), something that can be done by tapping on the settings icon in the search box and selecting the size ‘greater than’ and here marking, for example, a limit such as 15 MB. Now you can delete them all or take a look at what you are interested in saving and what you are not. Also remember that you can set the date, in case you want to get rid of emails with large attachments that are old.
Both the ‘Unsubscribe’ trick and this large attachment trick can be automated by simply creating filters in Gmail.
If you still run out of space, there is a free plan B
If for whatever reason your email ends up filling up completely, you will always have one resource to use to avoid paying: create another Google account and then configure it so that the original account automatically forwards the messages it receives to the new one, which will be at. In this tutorial we tell you how to do it step by step.
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In Genbeta | This is the Gmail trick that I always use to subscribe to websites and control spam