Storage quotas coming to UW Google June 2024

August 1, 2022

Users whose UW Google storage currently exceeds 80GB received a version of the following on Tuesday, July 26.

What is happening?
As initially announced in June 2021, Google is implementing major changes to their Google Workspace for Education product.

Among other changes, Google is moving to a shared storage pool. We are sharing this information now so that you may prepare and find alternative solutions for data storage. Learn more about Google’s new storage policy.

Google’s shift to shared storage for Google Workspace for Education means that every UW Google account will be subject to a 100GB storage quota, effective June 11, 2024.

As a step toward establishing the 100GB quota, UW-IT will implement tiered storage quotas that are greater than users’ existing data storage usage, effective August 23, 2022.

When is it happening?

August 23, 2022 Free and unlimited storage in UW Google ends; temporary tiered quotas implemented

  • Maximum quota of 100GB is established for any users whose current total utilization is less than 80GB. This applies to most UW Google accounts.
  • For users whose current storage exceeds 80GB, quotas will be established in tiers greater than their current total storage utilization.
  • No user accounts or data will be deleted due to tiered quota implementation.
  • Owners of accounts that exceed the storage quota for 14 days or by 25% (whichever comes first) will be unable to edit existing or save additional content until storage is below quota again. Email will continue to be available. Learn about managing files in Google Drive.
June 11, 2024 100GB quota implemented for all UW Google accounts

  • All user accounts must be below 100GB in total storage utilization before this date.
  • User accounts that exceed 100GB and all associated data will be permanently deleted in order to comply with the terms of Google’s new storage policy.

What steps can I take to prepare for the storage limit?

  1. See how much UW Google storage you are currently using.
  2. Learn how to manage data stored in your UW Google account.
  3. Create a migration plan for email, files and business processes that must be retained.
  4. Review alternatives to UW Google, such as:

Where can I go for help?

UW-IT’s service technicians stand ready to answer any questions you may have about this change, and about the different storage options available. Please contact the UW-IT Technology Service Center at or 206-221-5000. You can also visit IT Connect to learn more about migrating your own data.

Users can also work directly with their department’s IT support group for specific recommendations and more individualized help.

UW-IT is currently working with vendors to determine the feasibility of providing a tool to migrate data from UW Google to an alternative repository. We will communicate about available solutions as soon as possible.

The UW Google Changes Project Team