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Aizaz khan
Aizaz khan
Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.

On the web, Gmail has long noted how much storage you’re using at the bottom of the page. A “Storage used” indicator is now on Gmail for Android and iOS to save you from needing to open another app or website for space management.

On the Gmail mobile apps, Google added a “Storage used” indicator in the account switcher that opens after tapping your profile avatar. It appears underneath “Manage your Google Account” — which was the previous method for quickly checking storage — and just above the list of other signed-in addresses.

It features a cloud with the four Google colors at the left, the percentage of storage you’re using, and how much you’ve subscribed to. Tapping takes you to a “Manage your storage Google One” page that notes your current plan and provides a usage breakdown by Google Photos, Gmail, Drive, and “Other,” like the Pixel’s Recorder app if cloud backups are enabled.

There are also shortcuts to buy additional storage or “clean up” existing space that opens the Google One app to the Storage manager tool.

image credit 9to5google
image credit 9to5google

Some may find that they are tapping it on accident given the muscle memory of this space previously occupying an account. One alternative would be to just swipe down on the profile switcher for fast switching, though that’s tedious if you have more than two accounts.

Meanwhile, it’s possible that Storage used will come to account menus in other apps. It would certainly make sense in Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, while Google Photos already offers a similar progress bar and Drive has one but in the navigation drawer.

As of today, Gmail’s storage counter is more widely rolled out on Android and iOS.

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