Gmail Makes It Easier To Find Large Messages [Updates]

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Thanks to a recent Gmail search update, it is now easier than ever before to search for messages by size and date. For example, you can now search for larger:5m to yield all messages that have attachments larger than 5MB. Better yet, you can combine this with the older_than operator and search for size:5m older_than:1y, thus yielding a list of all messages older than a year and larger than 5MB.

Gmail’s free space quota has always been generous, and currently stands at over 10GB (and famously, it is constantly growing, as you can see on the Gmail.com page when you’re not signed in to any account). Still, if you’ve been using a free Gmail account for years, you may have ancient photos, videos, and other large attachments clogging up your inbox and taking up precious space. Thanks to these new operators, you can now download these attachments and delete the messages that contained them, freeing up valuable space.

For a full list of Gmail’s search operators, you can check out the Gmail documentation. The operators are numerous and powerful, letting you search within particular message labels, search only for messages sent to one of your addresses (if you have several), and even search only within Google Chat messages (which are recorded on Gmail by default). Finding the message you need on Gmail has never been easier.

Source: Official Gmail Blog

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Comments (11)
  • Anonymous

    is ‘size:5m’ and ‘larger:5m’ the same??

    • Erez Zukerman

      I believe the former is “exactly 5M” and the latter is “5M or more”.

  • Anonymous

    Worth it anyway! Thanks a bunch for posting this!

  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    Is there any way to remove the attachments but keep the messages intact?

    • Erez Zukerman

      I’m afraid not… You could always copy/paste the message and send only the text to yourself as a reply, though.

  • Kris

    A sort by button with multiple options would be far more useful, similar to the “more” button. It’s rather cumbersome and archaic to have to remember sort operator terms.

  • Florin Ardelian

    I don’t get it. I have a total of 3,697 emails, but smaller_than:100KB gives me 74 results, and larger_than:100KB gives me 78 results. Where are the other 3,545 emails?

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid

      That’s weird indeed. Maybe it only works for messages with attachments?

    • Florin Ardelian

      Okay, this is even weirder: larger_than:100KB yields 78 results, while larger_than:10KB yields 73 results.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid

      You should try contacting Google. Maybe there’s something wrong with their algorithm. Perhaps some hidden limitation so larger_than:10KB will search for messages between 10-90something KB?

    • Erez Zukerman

      If you click next-next-next (i.e, scroll through the pages with results), the count will change. The count you see is just an estimation.

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