How to Free Disk Space Automatically with Windows 10 Storage Sense

No matter how much storage we have been provided with, it ends one day. And then we run around, emptying Recycle Bin or running some third-party cleaning apps like Disk Cleanup. It sure looks like the obvious things to do, but perhaps not the smartest. With the new Creators Update, Microsoft has provided us with something called Storage Sense, to monitor all our storage needs.

So where has this Storage Sense been so far? Well, it is disabled by default because when enabled it will delete certain files periodically without asking you; even emptying the Recycle Bin every month. Find enabling and configuring it is a piece of cake.

Enabling Storage Sense

The path to enable Storage Sense is:

Settings > System > Storage

Turning the Storage Sense toggle as ON is all you have to do, and Storage Sense all is set to be used.

As soon as Storage Sense is enabled, it will do exactly what I told you: Deleting certain files like junk files and emptying the Recycle Bin for items older than a month. However, it also skips over certain files like files related to the previous version of Windows and files less than a month old in the Recycle Bin; these files would need to be deleted manually, if at all.

Configuring Storage Sense

To configure the Storage Sense Feature, the path is:

Settings > System > Storage

Clicking on Change how we free up space.

A new window will open, where you can choose to enable or disable the following two options:

  • Deleting temporary files not used by apps anymore
  • Deleting files in the Recycle Bin that are more than a month old

In case, you want to free the space immediately, click on the Clean Now option, and the files would be cleaned immediately.

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