Solved I need to empty Google My Account.

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May 23, 2020 at 05:16:33
Specs: Windows 7, 4096 D MMb
Need to empty and close My Account in Google. This frustrates me to no end. I'm getting messages from Microsoft or is it Google? that I'm running out of free space on the 15gb allocated to me. Clearly they want me to buy extra space which I refuse to do. So my intention is to empty this account or even better, delete it. I don.t need anybody to sync and backup my folders as I do it regularly using other software. Try as I might, I find no way of deleting the files, pics and folders. Can somebody help me to get rid of this monster please. Sorry I can't find a relevant sub category.

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May 23, 2020 at 10:33:50
Dawie

I use G mail also and have found it's usually your pictures & videos that hog all the space
and I've learned the secret is to Turn Off Syncing.

My phone currently has Syncing with Google turned Off.
What I do is after I have shot a bunch of photos & vids on my phone,
I'll turn the Syncing function ON with Google,
give it a few hours for google to upload my pics, from my phone to Google Photos,
then I go to Google Photos,
download my pics from Google Photos and then delete them off Google Photos and
Turn Syncing OFF
If you don't turn the Syncing OFF Google Photos will simply download them again.
I them delete them OFF my phone.

For getting your photos off Google Photos try this link:

https://davescomputertips.com/how-t...

That should hopefully open up some storage space.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/



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May 23, 2020 at 06:52:34
Seems they sort of expect it at times; as they offer this "how to..."

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May 23, 2020 at 07:18:17
"I'm running out of free space on the 15gb allocated to me. Clearly they want me to buy extra space...."

No, they want you to clean up your mess.

"Your storage is shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
Important: When your account reaches its storage limit, you can’t send or receive emails."

https://support.google.com/drive/an...

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May 23, 2020 at 07:44:46
Thanks for responding. riider I can assure you when i open My Account I also see those three categories but couldn't open them to "sort" them out. I even clicked on a link where they could be changed to HIGHER quality and I seem to have saved about 1gb, sitting now at 13,5gb. As I said, I save my important stuff using Macrium Reflec so I don't need them to do it for me. OR, am I missing an important function of these 3 units. Even if I sort out the mess as you said r eventually I'll be running out of space.

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May 23, 2020 at 09:19:51
I don't know what to tell you. I don't use Gmail, Google Drive, or Google Photos. The link I posted provides all the info about where to look & what to delete.

Do you empty the Trash Bin? Until the bin is emptied, everything in it is still taking up drive space, same as the Recycle Bin in Windows. I don't know how many times people have told me they've cleaned up their HDDs but it didn't make a bit of difference. Then I look in their recycle bin & there's over 10GBs of files that have never been dumped.


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May 23, 2020 at 10:33:50
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Dawie

I use G mail also and have found it's usually your pictures & videos that hog all the space
and I've learned the secret is to Turn Off Syncing.

My phone currently has Syncing with Google turned Off.
What I do is after I have shot a bunch of photos & vids on my phone,
I'll turn the Syncing function ON with Google,
give it a few hours for google to upload my pics, from my phone to Google Photos,
then I go to Google Photos,
download my pics from Google Photos and then delete them off Google Photos and
Turn Syncing OFF
If you don't turn the Syncing OFF Google Photos will simply download them again.
I them delete them OFF my phone.

For getting your photos off Google Photos try this link:

https://davescomputertips.com/how-t...

That should hopefully open up some storage space.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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May 24, 2020 at 04:54:32
Hi Mike. Thanks for the advice. Ok, I turned off sync and managed to download all photos and videos but it shows that my "space" is still 93% full. So the rest must then be taken up by other folders and files. I tried to turn off Google sync but get a warning that I won't have access to amongst other things, my passwords, etc.

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May 24, 2020 at 05:15:47
Just to report back. I find that after I had switched sync off in google Photos, and I reboot my pc, sync is automatically switched on again. Maybe I'm not switching it off at the correct point in the program.

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May 24, 2020 at 10:45:03
I turned off sync and managed to download all photos and videos but it shows that my "space" is still 93% full.

After you have finished downloading the pictures from Google Photos on to YOUR computer as outlined
in the link I posted, you now have to Delete the photos off of Google Photos.
It pretty much the same process but instead of downloading you Delete. Should be an Icon like a trash can.

sync is automatically switched on again
Gotta love Google. :-)
Your probably better off turning the Sync off on your Phone.
On your phone find the Google Photos Icon and press it.
In the upper Left corner there should be three parallel bars, press them
A new menu should slide out or up,
Select Settings
Select Backup & Sync
Slide the button OFF

Not sure it's true of all phones, but under the Settings menu you may also have:
Free Up Device Storage
If you have already downloaded the pictures off of Google Photos on to your computer,
you can now delete them Off your phone by selecting Free Up Device Storage.


The process is:
You take a photo on your phone
Your phone stores the photo in the Google Photo folder
Software on you phone then Syncs with Google and your picture is copied to them.
But the Sync goes both ways,
So if you just delete the picture off your phone, then the next time Google Syncs,
it copies the picture from Google back to your phone.
By downloading your pictures from Google, and then Deleting them from Google,
you no longer that that problem.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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May 25, 2020 at 05:47:33
Thanks Mike. I think I have finally managed to get them off my phone and my laptop. Thanks for your guidance in this regard.

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May 25, 2020 at 05:48:19
Thanks r. Got it off at last.

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May 25, 2020 at 05:49:10
Thanks T. Your'e always first to respond. Appreciate it.

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May 25, 2020 at 07:46:31
Mike just a question. i did mention it but didn't get an answer. If you turn Google Sync off you loose access to your passwords amongst other things. How do you handle that.

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May 25, 2020 at 10:08:43
off my phone and my laptop.

You mean off your phone and ONTO my laptop correct?

If you turn Google Sync off you loose access to your passwords amongst other things.

If you only shut off Syncing for Google Photos how do you loose access to passwords?

What exactly are you doing, step by step, to turn off Syncing?

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/

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May 27, 2020 at 07:02:32
I have opened google Photos, clicked on 3 dots on right side, clicked Settings and turned off sync. I then downloaded all photos and videos and lastly I deleted it all on Google Photos. But 2 things puzzle me. One, after cleaning GP I still get a line that reads: Your account is 87% full...Secondly, when I turn my pc on, the little icon in the taskbar on the right starts "turning". You click it and it informs you that it is the "Backup and Sync from Google and it is updated 17 minutes ago". This is all on my pc. Yes it's off my phone and my laptop. That was my original goal.

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May 27, 2020 at 09:07:01
Did you empty the Trash?

In the upper left corner, click the three parallel bars
and about three quarters of the way down you'll see TRASH

Click on Trash and all your deleted pic's will appear,
in the upper right corner click on Empty Trash

See if the helps.

As for why it's still syncing, I don't know,
could be any one of the Google Apps such as Drive, Calendar, etc. etc.

Do you use the Calendar feature?
Have you downloaded any documents to Google Drive?

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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May 27, 2020 at 09:49:50
Don't use calendar. I think in the past other documents were or are still being uploaded. Will check.

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