With the release of Creator update (version 1703), Microsoft added new features and improved many existing features in Windows 10. One of these is “Storage Sense“. As the name suggests, Storage Sense keeps an eye on Hard disk space usage and can free up space when required. Windows can delete unused files from Recycle Bin and temporary files if you are running low on space. All you have to do is to enable Storage sense in Storage Settings and Windows will automatically take trash out of your Windows 10 PC. This way Windows 10 Keeps space available for apps.
Please note that if you are running previous versions of Windows 10 (version 1607, 1511 or older), then you won’t be able to use this feature. This feature is available in Windows 10 version 1703 or later. You may want to upgrade your Windows 10 to latest version. If you have Windows updates enabled (which is enabled by default in Windows 10 and not easy to disable), your Windows 10 will be updated to latest version automatically. In case you don’t have latest version, just go to Windows Updates and click on “Check for updates“.
Note: This tutorial is based on Windows 10 version 1703. Storage Options might have slightly changed in newer versions.
This tutorial shows, how to enable, configure and use Storage sense feature in Windows 10. Follow the steps shown below:
Storage sense is available in Storage settings. Open Settings from Start > Settings or simply press Windows Key + I together to open Windows 10 Settings, then click on System.
In System settings, click on Storage in left pane. This will open Storage settings.
In Storage settings, you will see the details of storage attached to your computer. Below local storage, you will see Storage sense. Toggle the switch ON under Storage sense to enable it. Now, Windows 10 will automatically clean unused files from Recycle bin and temporary files with default settings. To change default settings and configure Storage sense, click on “Change how we free up space“.
Here you can change Storage sense settings. You can see three options to free up space under Temporary Files. You can leave these settings untouched or you can check them all to include Downloads folder. Windows will delete files older than 30 days from Downloads folder.
In case you are currently running low on space, you can immediately free up some space using Storage sense. In Storage sense settings, click on Clean Now button under Free up space now. This will run storage sense immediately and free up some space for you. After cleaning up, it will show you the amount of the space freed up.
What’s more? You can even configure additional storage for your PC. Just click on Manage Storage Spaces.
Here you can configure additional storage pools. You can combine multiple hard disks to get redundant and fault tolerant storage.
Configuring Storage Sense in Windows 10
More changes are expected to Storage sense and have been noticed in Windows 10 insider builds. Microsoft is expected to release next update in April 2018. New update will bring some more exciting changes to Windows 10 and Storage sense. Current version of storage sense is still very useful, it’s like an assistant who will clean your desk automatically if there is any dirt on it. Seems cool, right? Enjoy, have fun!