How to Find Big Email Messages in Gmail

Do you have email messages with large attachments that are taking up a lot of space in your Gmail inbox? If you do and you have a large Inbox with hundreds or even thousands of emails, it will take you a very long time to manually find big email messages in Gmail. Instead, you should opt for a method that does the work for you, and will only take a few minutes of your time.

Below I’ll explain three quick and easy methods for finding big email messages in your Gmail account.

Find Big Mail – Scan Gmail Inbox For Large Attachments

Find Big Mail is a simple Web service that can find email messages with large attachments in your email account. Unfortunately, Find Big Mail is only free for accounts ending in @gmail.com, that means no Google Apps accounts. However, there are affordable pricing plans for those with Google App accounts that want to use the service as well.

If you have a regular Gmail account, here’s how to use Find Big Mail.

1. Enter your Gmail address in the text box on the home page of the Find Big Mail website and click on the “Find Big Mail” button.

Find Big Emails - Enter your Gmail or Google Apps email.

2. You’ll be directed to Google, where you’ll need to give Find Big Mail permission to access your account.

3. Find Big Mail will begin to scan your account; this should take under a minute. Then you can refresh the page to see your scan results.

Find Big Emails - Scan results and summary.

4. Find Big Mail will also send you an email report with links to the top 20 largest emails in your account. From the email report, you can just click on those links and delete the assocated email messages if needed.

Find Big Emails - Scan report in email.

5. Find Big Mail will also automatically create labels in your email account, which will be used to sort your messages by size.

Find Big Emails - Gmail labels automatically created by Find Big Mail.

These automatically labels make it even easier to find those large email messages, since your messages will already be organized right within your Inbox.

Gmail Search

Gmail has a search by size feature that can also come in handy for finding large email messages, and it’s very easy to use. Also read our earlier tip which helps you find old emails in Gmail using Gmail search operators.

1. To find email messages larger than a certain size (i.e. 10MB), type this into the search bar in Gmail: size:10m or larger:10m.

Find Big Emails - Search by size in Gmail.

2. Then all you have to do is go through the results and delete the messages that you want to get rid of. As you can see, this is definitely the quickest and easiest method.

Sort by Size in Google Docs

Amit Agarwal, of Digital Inspiration, has written an awesome tutorial that explains how to sort email messages in Gmail by size within Google Docs. Although this method is a bit more complicated and one of the two above methods may be preferred, this is something really cool that you may want to try out.

How to Sort Gmail Messages by Size using Google Docs

Image Credit: Digital Inspiration

1. Sort Gmail messages by size of attachments: Google Docs will connect to your Gmail account and calculate the size of each messages. If there are messages over 1MB, it will be noted in your Google Docs spreadsheet and then you can sort them.

2. Scan Gmail messages with a trigger: You can also set up a “time-driven trigger to let the script [run] automatically without manual intervention.”

Since his tutorial is so well written, I encourage you to read it in full so that you can read each step in detail.

Over to You

What method do you use to find big email messages in your Gmail account? Do you use one of the above-mentioned methods like Find Big Email, or the search by size method in Gmail?

If you’re using another method, feel free to share in the comments.

Amit Banerjee is the founding editor and owner of Ampercent. He is a die hard technology enthusiast and writes about all things technology, How to guides, tutorials and search engines. Follow him on Twitter, read his personal blog or drop him an email.