How to Clear Temporary Files Automatically in Windows 10 (Storage Sense)

Want to free up some space on your Windows 10 automatically? Actually, it is possible and here in this article, you will read detailed steps on how to do that.

How to Clear Temporary Files Automatically in Windows 10

The TEMP folder in the Windows 10 gets bloated over a time as most of the application keep data in the same folder and do not always delete the folders and files they created.

While there are software installers that extract the setup packages content to the %temp% directory and fails to clean the files after installation is completed.

Sometimes, when the current version of Windows 10 to the latest version, the system keep the previous version of Windows so that you can roll back to the previous version if you face any issues while using the latest version. The backup of an old version of Windows is stored under Windows.old which also consume lots of space. Here is how you can delete Windows.Old folder from Windows 10

This problem become bigger when you own a computer or laptop with very less storage or solid-state drive (SSD), which have very less capacity in comparison of tradition hard drives.

If you’re facing the same thing and noticing that your computer hard drive space is shrinking rapidly, then you shouldn’t think of purchasing a new drive to increase the storage at first place. Rather, you should examine the files and folder consuming valuable space for nothing and delete them.

In this Windows 10 tutorial, you will read about some possible ways using which you can clear temporary files automatically in Windows 10 to reclaim valuable space.

How to Clear Temporary Files Automatically in Windows 10

Starting with the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 15014, the company has introduced a new setting that let you clear temporary files automatically in Windows 10. Here is what you need to do:

1. Launch the Windows 10 Settings app. For that, press WIN + I hotkeys.

2. Click on the System -> Storage

3. On the right pane, Under Storage, you will find new settings labeled as Storage sense. Enable it using the toggle switch.

storage sense in windows 10

Once the Storage sense option is enabled, it will automatically free up space by cleaning unwanted temporary files and content lying in the Recycle bin for more than 30 days.

In case, you want to choose what things system will delete automatically, then click on the link which reads “Change how we free up space


The next page will look just like shown in the following screenshot. On the page, you can enable and disable what you want to keep and delete

  1. “Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using.”
  2. “Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days “

Note: It is a good idea to enable the first option available on the page. As it will clear all the temporary files created by the windows services, tools, and apps.

You can clear the temporary files on demand too. For that, you need to click on Clear now button on this page and system will start cleaning the files according to your preference.

That’s it.

Why don’t you give a try to this new Storage sense settings available in the Windows 10 Creator update? Let me know in the comment if the new Storage sense feature is useful or a fail.

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