How to free up space in Google Contacts when your contacts limit is reached?

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If you have reached your google contacts storage quota and while adding a new contact, Google is prompting you that you have reached your contact limit. Please follow the below instructions to solve the problem:

Google Contacts has five limits for all accounts. These limits are:

  • Maximum of 25000 contacts

  • Total storage space of 20 MB

  • 128 KB of storage for each contact

  • Maximum of 500 fields per contact (like full name is one field)

  • Maximum of 1024 characters in each field


Note: Pictures associated with any of the contacts do not count in any of these limits.


As Google Contacts has these limits of storage, when you reach the limit, it prompts you to free up some space, which means that you will have to remove your old or unused contacts from your account.


In order to delete these unwanted contacts and free up some space to add new contact in your Google account, you need to follow the steps given below:


  1. Select all the unwanted contacts that you would like to remove from Google Contacts.



  1. Now, on the top bar, click on the icon having three dots and click on Delete.



  1. Now, go to the tab called Other Contacts, because Google also stores some contacts in Others and they also take some space. 



  1. Select all the contacts in Other Contacts (or you can choose to keep some which are important for you) and delete them.



  1. When done, go to the Trash folder, found on the left hand panel in your Google Contacts screen. This step is very important because Google does not permanently delete the contacts and keep them in Trash for 30 days, unless you delete the contacts from the Trash as well. 



  1. You will see all of your deleted contacts here. Select one and go to the Selection Action button appearing on the top bar and select all.



  1. Once selected, click on Delete Forever and select the same option in the pop-up again.



Now you have successfully freed up some space in your Google Contacts to add new contacts.

Furqan Tafseer

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