Google Drive is a great service for storing your files and photos. You get 15GB free and if you want or need more storage, you can get an additional 100GB for just $1.99 per month. But let’s suppose for a minute you signed up for 100GB, use about 30GB and decide you want to cancel your subscription? You are 15GB over the free limit so what happens to your files, photos and other things you have stored in Google Drive? In short, not much. It comes down to the service you are using tied to Google Drive but the data that you have there will remain there and not be deleted. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that your Gmail will start bouncing incoming messages.
Let’s deal with Google Drive itself first. If you are over your quota, you won’t be able to upload new files. Period. Equally, syncing between your Google Drive folder on your PC or Mac will stop. But, and critically, you can still create Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides files as they don’t consume any space anyway. It isn’t necessarily a loophole in that the Google apps never used your quota anyway but it certainly is a way to keep on creating documents. But keep in mind that the sync between your computer and your Google Drive stops so any Google Docs files created will only show up online in Chrome. Those PDFs and Microsoft Office files? Yeah, no more uploading and syncing.
An option you would have – which I have done – is to convert your Microsoft Office files to Google. This can be done via the web app or the Android app quite easily. Just open up that Word document then go to File and convert it to Google Docs. You can do the same for Excel files and PowerPoint files. Once you have done your conversions, be sure to go to your Google Drive trash folder and empty it. That will delete the Office files and reclaim your quota. Keep in mind that reclaiming can take up to 24 hours to happen.