Do You Need More Gmail Space?
Free Gmail storage grows over time. If you manage to store only as much new mail as the additional storage allows, you don't have to do anything else. There is great freedom in getting rid of unneeded stuff, after all, and in not accumulating it, too.
If you need more space right away, try getting rid of messages with large attachments. You can either see all emails that contain attachments in Gmail or download all your mail to a desktop email program (which, of course, might take a while) and sort them by size there.
Alternatives to Additional Gmail Storage
Do you just need more space for your emails and do not care so much where that space is or whether it connects with your Gmail account?
You could forward some old or all newly incoming messages to an email service that offers unlimited space such as Yahoo! Mail or AIM Mail. Alternatively, you could download old mail to a desktop email program and remove it from the Gmail account. Of course, you could also get another Gmail account, forward all new mail arriving at your current account to it and use your current address with the new account.
All these alternatives are not the real thing, of course: not a single space that keeps all your emails ready to be found in seconds, organized in threads and connected to your key contacts. Fortunately, you can get additional GBs of Gmail storage, and you can share the space with other Google services such as Picasa, too.
Get Additional Storage for Your Gmail Account
To expand your Gmail storage with additional space (which other Google services such as Picasa can use as well when their respective space gets tight):
- Visit Google's Buy Storage page.
- Make sure the desired storage plan is selected.
- Use Google Checkout to complete the recurring service subscription.
First Come, First Served
Additional Google storage is served first to the service that comes first. Of course, the additional storage does not have to be all email or all photos. You can mix all kinds of data.
If you need lots of storage for your emails, do hold off uploading the TB of photos, though.