Before you start: If you have a cloud storage plan, typically each tier has a certain storage limit. And the last thing you need is to waste space on duplicates.
If you want to save money, download Gemini 2. This popular duplicate finder will scan your Mac or a synced cloud folder for duplicate files so that you can delete them in the blink of an eye.
There are various cloud storage options, but it’s indisputable that Google Drive is one of the most popular and easy to use. But if you use Google Drive regularly, there’s a good chance you have a bunch of duplicate files. And unlike your Mac’s desktop, it’s easy to close the browser and not see the clutter out there.
The fact that it’s easier to ignore your duplicate files in Google Drive only makes things worse. Since Google only offers 15 GB of free storage. Once you exceed that limit, you’ll have to start paying a fee. But if you continue reading this article, you will find out some tips and tricks for doing a Google Drive cleanup. By doing so, you won’t waste storage space and maybe even save a couple of euros a month.
Did you know…?
You can use a duplicate file search app, such as Gemini 2, to help you quickly find and remove both duplicate files and similar files. Gemini 2’s algorithm will select the best file to keep and allow you to delete the rest with a single click. Or it will group your files, making it easier for you to review them to decide which copies you want to keep.
Why are there duplicate files in Google Drive?
Duplicate files are a pretty common thing on any file system you’re using. Whether you have unintentionally saved the same file in several folders, you need to have several versions of the files. And if you work as a team, you’re even more likely to have duplicate files on your system.
This is an excellent reason to check your Google Drive and remove duplicate files, but it’s also a good idea to make this cleaning a habit. Since the more files, you save and upload to Google Drive, the more likely you are to create copies.
How to delete duplicate files in Google Drive
You’re probably waiting for me to tell you that there’s a tool for deleting duplicate files in Google Drive, but unfortunately, there isn’t. But, if you can invest some time, there is always the option to review your files manually. Here are some steps to help you find duplicate files in Google Drive:
- Go to Google Drive in your browser and sign in.
- In the upper-right corner, click Grid View.
- Then, organize your files by name.
Note: Google renames duplicate files to start with “Copy of…”
- Select the files you want to delete.
- Click the trash can icon.
How to delete duplicate files from Google Drive locally
If manually searching for your files doesn’t go as you expected, don’t worry. You can use a duplicate file finder like Gemini 2 to help you speed things up.
The only downside is that Gemini 2 can’t log in to your Google Drive account to do the scan, so you have to download the files and save them locally. If you have the corporate version of Drive called Google Workspace, you probably already have it set up. Otherwise, you’ll first need to download the Google Drive app to sync your account to your Mac.
After downloading your files, here’s how to find the duplicates in Google Drive with Gemini 2.
- Download and open Gemini 2.
- Click + > Choose Custom Folder > Google Drive.
- Then, click Open > Find Duplicates.
When the scan is complete, the Gemini 2 algorithm will select the best version of each file to keep and delete the other copies when you click the Smart Clean button. Or you can review the scan results. Gemini 2 will group the exact duplicates and similar files, which will make it easier for you to choose the files you want to keep.
Using Google Drive is an easy and convenient way always to have the files you need at your fingertips, regardless of whether you’re near your computer or not. But it’s not as helpful if it’s full of duplicate or unnecessary files that you don’t need. We hope this article has helped you know why you have duplicate files in Google Drive and what steps you can take to delete them.