On Windows 10, when your computer begins to run out of space, typically, you manually empty the recycle bin and delete temporary files to free up storage space using different tools.One of the standard ways to free up storage space on a PC is to delete temporary files, empty the recycle bin, and maybe dump the contents of the downloads folder. The pain is you usually have to do all this manually or at least semi-manually with a system utility or third-party tool.
With the Creators Update, Microsoft is making things a little bit easier with a new automated feature called Storage Sense. The name Storage Sense is nothing new. It first made an appearance in Windows Phone 8.1 and was even spotted way back when we were calling Windows 10, Windows 9.
Storage sense is disabled by default, but once enabled, it’ll proactively delete certain temporary files, such as those created by apps, and files that have been moved to the recycle bin for more than 30 days.
Storage Sense finds out temporary and junk files created by various apps and remove them permanently. It can clean your Recycle Bin after a predefined time interval. The best part is that Storage Sense does this all automatically in the background without needing your intervention. Once you set it up correctly, you can forget about it.
Enable Storage sense on Windows 10
To Enable Storage Sense in Windows 10, go to Settings > System > Storage. To open Settings, you can press Win+I together.
On the right-hand side in the top, you will see Storage. This helps you clear up Disk Space & manage Local Storage on Windows 10.
Below that you will see an option called Storage Sense.
Once you completed the steps, Windows 10 will automatically delete junk files from your PC, including some temporary files and items in the recycle bin older than 30 days.
Additionally, Storage sense only removes certain files. Other temporary items, such as a previous version of Windows 10, installation files, and Windows Update logs are things that you’ll need to delete manually using the Disk Cleanup tool.
configure Storage sense on Windows 10
To start, open the Settings app and go to System > Storage. Under the sub-heading Storage sense turn the slider to on. That’s it! Storage Sense is now working. Next, let’s click on the link titled Change how we free up space to review the Storage Sense settings.
On the next screen, you will find two options:
Delete temporary files that apps aren’t using
Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days.
The first option will let you remove all the temporary files created by apps but not in use now. The second option will remove all the files which are present in Recycle Bin for more than 30 days.
After setting your preferences, you may exit; and Storage Sense will start working as and when required.
If you wish to clean up your disk space right away you can click on the Clean now button.
Perhaps over time Storage Sense will get smart enough to manage your downloads folder, too. Regardless, automatically deleting files from these two locations is a big help in freeing up extra disk space.