How to Remove Extra Storage From Google Workspace Users

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators

Which Google Workspace editions support extra Drive storage

This feature is not available for:

  • G Suite Basic
  • Google Workspace Business Starter
  • Google Workspace for Education
  • Google Workspace for Nonprofits

When to remove Drive storage licenses

  • When a user no longer needs additional storage
  • When you want to stop getting charged for extra storage

What happens when you remove extra Drive storage licenses

  • Always make sure to check how much storage someone is using before removing their license.
  • If someone is using more storage than their new limit allows, none of their data will be deleted, but they won’t be able to upload new data or receive emails.
  • For example, let’s say a user is using up 45 GB of storage. You are on G Suite Basic, so the default amount is 30 GB. If you delete the storage subscription, the user will still have all 45 GB of storage, but won’t be able to upload new data or receive mail, because their storage is full.

How to remove Drive storage licenses from Google Workspace users step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Remove Extra Storage From Google Workspace Users - Step 1

In the Admin console at, click Users or Manage.

Step 2

How To Remove Extra Storage From Google Workspace Users - Step 2

Select the users you want to remove licenses from by checking the boxes to their left.

Then click More on top and select Remove licenses.

Step 3

How To Remove Extra Storage From Google Workspace Users - Step

Select the Google Drive storage license and click REMOVE.

Step 4

How To Remove Extra Storage From Google Workspace Users - Step 4

Storage changes delay

Done, you’ll see this confirmation message at the bottom. Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for the user’s storage quota to decrease.

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