Remember when Google launched Gmail and promised you’d never have to delete an old email message again? The company offered 1GB of free storage space at a time when few competitors in the web-based email business were offering more than 10MB. And Google has added a little more space for Gmail users every day since then.

Flash forward a few years, and as of yesterday Gmail users had 7.5 GB of storage space for their messages and attachments. But today the company has announced it will bump everyone up to 10GB.

Gmail 10GB

The move comes on the heels of the launch of Google Drive — a service for storing your documents, photos, videos, and other files in the cloud.

All Google users get 5GB of Google Drive disk space for free, and you can pay for premium plans if you need more space than that.

But it seems a little silly that Google gives away twice as much free space for email alone. I might just keep emailing documents to myself as needed.

If you’re still not seeing 10GB in your Gmail inbox yet, just sit tight. Google says they’re rolling out the upgrade over the next 24 hours.

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3 replies on “Gmail now offers 10GB of storage”

  1. Agree Mike but that depends on the usage also. As there can be case when one receive a lot of emails in a day with attachments and can utilize most of space. In my case itself I consumed most of space in last 8 years since I started with Gmail and now have a paid space account with Gmail with extended space of 25 GB.

  2. I have seen this change on gmail, I thought it is a mistake, really it is a good news, but I think the Live Skydrive is giving more…
    Thnks for the info

  3. It may seem kind of silly for Google to give away double the email storage, but it’s also a lot easier for them to do so, given that it’s a lot harder to fill 10GB with emails (including attachments) that it is fill 10GB directly with documents/photos/images etc.

    Yes, you can save documents in attachments, but remember that applications that turn Gmail storage into a backup medium violate Gmail’s terms of use, so in theory the only legit way to use Gmail’s full 10GB is to manually send emails with attachments. (Also, attachments are limited to 25MB in size.) As it is, I’ve been using Gmail as my primary email for many years, and I am only up to 180MB total. Text is very compressible, and duplicate copies of emails (which includes almost all spam and commercial email) can be eliminated very easily these days.

    The vast majority of Gmail users (over 99% I’d wager) will never come close to using 1GB, let alone 10GB, so the bump in disk space for Gmail is more of a publicity stunt than anything else. The bump from 1GB to 5GB for the rest of Google services is a far more significant (and welcome) step.

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