How to set Windows 10 to automatically free up space on your PC

In Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft included a small and useful feature for freeing up space on your computers and devices. It’s called Storage sense and what it does is to remove files which you don’t need, like temporary files and the contents from inside your Recycle Bin. Storage sense can be run automatically by Windows 10 every month, but you can also free up space manually, whenever you want to. In this guide, we’ll show you how to enable or disable Storage sense, how to configure it and how to use it. Let’s start:

NOTE: This guide is designed for Windows 10 Creators Update, which will be available to all Windows 10 users, for free, starting in April 2017. Previous Windows 10 versions that were released before this date don’t have this feature while newer versions do.

How to enable or disable Storage Sense in Windows 10

Storage sense is a tool that’s found inside Windows 10 Settings app. For starters, you will need to open the Settings app. A quick way to do that is to open the Start Menu and then click or tap on the gear-like icon from the left. Or, if you have a keyboard on your Windows 10 device, press the Windows + I keys simultaneously.

Inside the Settings app, click or tap to open the System category.

On the left side of the window, select Storage.

On the right side, scroll down until you reach the section called Storage sense.

Here, Windows 10 will explain to you what Storage sense can do: “Windows can automatically free up space by getting rid of files you don’t need, like temporary files and content in your recycle bin.” Then, you get a switch that’s used for turning this feature On or Off. By default, it should be Off so if you want your Windows 10 computer or device to regularly clean up unneeded files and recover free space, turn the switch On.

After you’ve enabled Storage sense, let’s see what settings you can configure for how it works on your Windows 10 computer or PC.

How to configure the way Storage Sense works on your Windows 10 PC

Right under the Storage sense switch, you’ll see a link that says “Change how we free up space.” Click or tap on it.

A list of settings opens. The first thing that Windows 10 will tell you is how much disk space was freed up in the past month.

Then, you can choose whether you want Storage sense to “Delete temporary files that [your] apps aren’t using” and “Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days”. Both settings have a switch which you can use to turn them On or Off.

How to manually free up space on your Windows 10 PC

Next on the “Change how we free up space” section, you have another, called “Free up space now.” When you’re running out of free space on your Windows 10 computer or device, running a manual disk cleanup could help a bit. All you have to do is click or tap the Clean now button.

Once the cleaning is done, you’ll be told how much disk space was recovered.

That’s it! Easy, isn’t it?

Conclusion

Although it’s not a major feature that will wow users, the fact that Windows 10 now includes an option to clean the disk and recover free space automatically is an improvement in terms of usability. We like this new feature, and we believe it’s going to prove useful, especially for users with limited free space on their devices. Considering the rise in prices for solid state drives this year, this little feature is a welcome addition. Try the new Storage sense and let us know what you think in the comments below.