How to Search for Big G-mail Attachments & Why You Should

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I assume most people don’t come close to filling up their allotted 10 GB in the free G-mail accounts. But for folk out there like me who have 10 years worth of e-mails, you can come close!  Especially if you’ve never deleted any e-mails.  So the ability to sort your e-mails by size is a relatively new feature in G-mail that I really appreciate!

I actually suggested a “Lab” to G-mail years ago for the ability to sort e-mails inside G-mail by size, from biggest to smallest preferably. And I’m sure a zillion other folk did, and I’m glad Google listened!  The ability to identify what I call “whopper” e-mails as I like to call them is invaluable.  Whopper e-mails, generally e-mails over 8MB, usually contain large attachments that I’ve already downloaded and no longer need.  So it only makes sense to delete such whoppers to free up space in my G-mail account.


I wish it were possible to also sort those results by size, but I’m happy to simply be able to search by size, trust me!

Side Note: I have a kazillion e-mail accounts, and I respond to them FROM whichever account they come into, but behind the scenes, it’s all coming to G-mail.  One of these days I’ll post a tutorial on how to do that because some people are under the impression that they must have a POP3 account to achieve this. Not true.  And you can easily use FILTERS and LABELS in G-mail to seperate e-mails by account, if desired.

Here’s two ways to search your e-mails by size:

One:  Search for messages larger than the specified size in bytes. For example, if you wanted to yeild search results of all e-mails larger than 1MB (1,000,000 bytes) in size, you’d put this in the search box inside G-mail: size:1000000 

Two:  Similar to the size method above, you can do the same type of search using abbreviations for numbers.  So for example, if you want to locate all e-mails  that are at least 10M bytes (10,000,000 bytes) in size, you can simply use:  larger:10M 

The second method is probably easy to remember and easier, too.  I almost forget how many zeros to use in “bytes” when I really want megabytes.  But I’m not very good with numbers.

Before I delete a whopper, I download the attachment, and I stick all my downloaded attachments onto a thumbdrive for safe keeping, or pop it in my Dropbox to sort through later.  I don’t keep ANYTHING on my local PC anymore. It’s all cloud based for me, baby!  A harddrive crash over a decade ago still makes my eyes tearup. Well, not really, but you know what I mean! I’m 100% docs in the sky kinda girl and that’s largely why.

For even more cool search parameters in G-mail, click here to see the full list!

Happy searching & purging!