How many emails does it take to run Gmail out of space?

By on January 17, 2011
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1 million apparently.

Ever wondered if you could run your Gmail out of space? No? Well, Backupify did.

Backupify is a service who provides backup for all of your online data and profiles across a number of platforms like Google Apps, Twitter and Facebook. In one of their internal crazy test to push the limits of their software, they tasked an employee to spam a Gmail account with no less than 1 million emails to see if the popular email service can really indeed be run out of space.

“Here at Backupify, we have to do some crazy things to test the limits of our software.  Often it requires us pushing cloud services to their own limits to see what happens,” Backupify wrote on their blog about the challenge. “As a result of this testing, we recently found out that yes, you can run out of space in Gmail.”

Image credit: Backupify.

Indeed. The Gmail account received emails with a total size of 7532MB and usage of 99%. Enough to have Gmail issuing warnings, which says “You have run out of space for your Gmail account. You will not be able to send or receive any emails until you delete some items.” Google then links you to a support page with tips and tricks to clear out some of that junk.

Although quite interesting, we are not sure why Backupify specifically choose to disprove if Gmail can be filled up or not when Google never claimed it could not be. The email service clearing states the amount of MBs you have left before you will run out, with no promises of ‘unlimited storage’ as some may like to believe.

But people like to do crazy stuff, right?

Source: Backupify.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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