enable storage sense in windows 11

Are you fed up with storage issues on your Windows 11 PC? Or looking for a self-acting mechanism to care for those problems? Then, fret not! You’re in the right place. This article explains exactly how you can enable Storage Sense in Windows 11 to deal with your storage issues.

Storage Sense is a Windows feature designed to monitor your system storage regularly and free up space automatically. Suppose your PC is running low on space. In that case, the Storage Sense feature will automatically detect and delete unwanted files on your system, such as temporary files, cache files, deleted files in recycle bin, etc., to accommodate extra files.

Now, let’s see how to turn on and configure the Storage Sense on your system.

How to Enable Storage Sense in Windows 11

Enabling Storage Sense in Windows 11 is pretty straightforward and takes not more than a few seconds. To turn on this feature, use these steps.

  1. First of all, open Settings > System > Storage. Or simply click here: [Open Storage Settings]
  2. Now turn on the toggle switch for the Storage sense option under “Storage management“.

Once you activate this feature, it will take care of the rest. Your storage management is now automated. No more worries!

How to Configure Storage Sense in Windows 11

Although it’s not necessary to configure after enabling it, it’s recommended to configure it according to your requirements. Otherwise, it will use the default configuration and run as per that.

  1. First, turn on the toggle switch for Automatic User content cleanup.
  2. Configure when to run Storage Sense.
    • You can choose it from four options, viz. every day, every week, every month, or during low free disk space.
    • If you have enough free space on your disk, you can change the default option to every day, week, or month to clean up the disk regularly.
  3. Configure to delete files in recycle bin if they’ve been there for:
    • 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, 60 days, or never.
    • Once you set this, the deleted files will no longer chew up your space after the preferred time.
  4. Configure to delete files in the Downloads folder if they haven’t been opened for more than:
    • 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, 60 days, or never.
    • If this schedule is set, you no longer need to worry about the obsolete files in your  Download folder.

Let Storage Sense Keep an Eye on Your Drive

Storage Sense is a real lifesaver as it keeps an eye on your device storage and automatically makes more room in your drive to accommodate the influx of new files. Also, this automation can help you save a great deal of time to concentrate on your work and give little concern to the storage issues.

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Vishnu is the founder and fountainhead of Makmodo and hails from God's Own Country - Kerala. He has been an ardent tech geek obsessed with technology since he got his first gadget a decade ago. He loves using his technical expertise to write informative and useful content to help people. Besides the techy stuff, he enjoys listening to music, reading books, and playing cricket. Occasionally, you can see him taking candid photographs or nurturing hanging orchids in his front yard.


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