If you use Gmail, you know that Google gives you a LOT of storage space for your email account. Currently each account gets 7.5 gb of space. However, if you have “friends” that like to send huge photo or video attachments, you might find yourself getting tight on space in your account.
If you want, you can go through your whole Gmail account manually and look for the email messages that take up a chunk of space, and delete them. But that’s rather tedious, and it could take a lot of time – especially if you’ve been using Gmail for several years like I have.
There’s an online service available that will perform that chore for you. It’s called Find BIG email – you can check it out here.
Using the service is pretty easy. Right on the front screen of the site is a place for you to enter your email address and press the “Click Here” button. You will be taken to the Google site, where they will ask you to verify that you are giving your permission for Find BIG email to access your account. Click “Grant Access”.
The next screen you might see for a while – a few minutes, or maybe an hour or longer:
Partway through they will show you a graphic representation of your email account, broken down by size of emails: greater than 2 mb, greater than 500 kb, and greater than 100 kb. There’s even a refresh button so you can check the status of the scan. When finished, you will see a full report:
I was surprised to find that I had 319 emails that were each over 2 mb in size!
Next step is to log into your Gmail account at www.gmail.com. You will see on the left side there are some new labels, according to size of email. You can now view those mails, and delete them if they are no longer needed.
You will also get an email notification of the results. If you find this service helpful, you will see several buttons giving you multiple opportunities to throw them a few dollars as a donation.