Google Drive 'Storage full' message popping up even with available space issue troubles many

Google Drive is a free cloud-based storage service that provides users with encrypted and secure access to their files.

It also has other useful features like advanced search, starring folders, and files that can be shared with people outside the organization.

However, many users (1,2,3,4,5) have been reporting an issue where they are repeatedly receiving a ‘Account storage is full’ message on Google Drive.


I have a big red message over my Gmail saying Storage is Full GET More Storage

I have a Google Pixel 4a which is supposed to have unlimited lower quality storage. My account shows almost full and I keep getting notices that I won’t be able to use my email.

According to reports, users are unable to upload their data even after clearing up a considerable amount of space. The deleted pictures, videos, documents and other files keep appearing in the Drive folder.

Some affected users have already tried cleaning up space on Gmail and Photos in order to retain some storage capacity but to no avail.


The issue is quite frustrating as users are unable to edit or upload files and only get ‘view only’ permissions.

No official acknowledgment

Unfortunately, Google hasn’t acknowledged the issue where the ‘Account storage is full’ message keeps popping up on Drive.

However, many believe that waiting for some time after emptying the trash fixes the issue for some users.

A Google Product Expert has also recommended some basic steps to refer to for those who are unable to upload their data even after purchasing storage. You can check them out in the screenshot added below:

Source (Click/tap to view)

We hope that the team comes up with a fix soon. We’ll keep tabs on further developments and update the article as and when we get new information.

Thanks for the tip: Shubham Tiwari

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Google Drive Section so be sure to follow them as well.

Featured image source: Google Drive

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