Undocumented Gmail Size Search Operator Lets You Find Large MailsAdvertisements:
Gmail gives you more than 10GB of free space. But often you start running out of space due to those large attachment mails which you can never find. Though Gmail provides handful of search operators for conveniently finding mails but surprisingly there was no operator till date to find those large mails.
Now, Network administrator Josh Gilmour happen to discover undocumented operator size which lets you find mails larger than the size specified. Search format is
size:[size in bytes]
For example: If you are looking for mails with attachment size 5MB or more, then you should search for size:5242880. For 10MB or more – size:10485760. Ideally, each MB is equal to 1048576 Bytes but you can assume 100,000 for the sake of simplicity.
Previously, we used online services like findbigmail to know large size mails but now we don’t need them anymore.
Once you have found out your big mails, there are two things that you can do to free up some space. Either you can download them to your computer and delete those mails or you can move them to Google Drive which offers additional 5GB of storage.
In addition to this search operator, you can also use filename operator to search by file type. For example – filename:(mpg OR mpeg OR avi OR wmv OR mov) searches for mails with videos in attachments. Similarly you can use filename:zip OR rar or MP3 to quickly find space hogging mails.