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If you use Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive or if you take pictures with your Android phone, you should be aware that Google is changing its storage policies on June 1, 2021. You are allowed 15 GB of FREE storage from Google before you must pay for extra space. As of June 1st, they will be including photos in that storage allotment. As we know, storing a lot of photos can quickly add up on the gigabits.
Google has some tools available on its website that will help you manage your storage space. While you can log on to your google account on your phone, it’s best to use a browser on your computer or tablet for this task.
To manage your storage, go to one.google.com/storage/management.
You will be shown a page that lists places where you may be able to save space – emails, files, photos, even emails that have large attachments could be things that you can delete to free up some space.
If you click on any of those categories it will take you to another page where you can directly delete the items from your google storage. You can select the items individually or delete all the suggested items at once.
If you have a lot of photos stored, there is a tool to estimate how long you have before your storage is full. To view yours, go to photos.google.com/storage.
You will see a screen with the number of GB you have left and approximately how long your FREE storage should last. There is also a breakdown of how much of your storage is used by photos, mail, and files.
Next week we will go over the easiest way to delete some of your old emails in Gmail to free up some of this space.
Have a great week!
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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