How to Automatically Delete Temporary Files in Windows 11?

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Windows 11 includes many folders and files, and you might never access them, but they are required to run your system properly. It does not stop here; when you use your PC for some time, it keeps generating temporary files and folders that are safe to delete. These temporary files are unnecessary and may take a lot of storage space and slow down your PC. These temporary files may include application data, error logs and data, browsing data, window updates, and installation files, amongst others.

Even if you upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, it will occupy about 15GB of space. Under the Windows installation drive, you will see a Windows.old folder that Microsoft creates in case you want to go back to the previous OS. However, after upgrading your PC, if you have decided to use the latest Windows 11 OS, this Windows.old folder is useless for you and unnecessarily occupying the space on your computer; why should we not delete these useless files/folders and keep our PC trim.

If you are running low on storage or notice a slow down in system performance, deleting the files makes sense. You don’t have to find temporary files manually on Windows 11; Microsoft has made it is easy and will clean automatically after configuring the Storage Sense. Microsoft had introduced the Storage Sense feature on Windows 10, and now it is also a part of Windows11.

This gearupwindows article will guide you on configuring the Storage Sense and automatically cleaning temporary files/folders in Windows 11.

How to Automatically Delete Temporary Files in Windows 11?

Step 1. Launch the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys simultaneously from the keyboard or using any other method that you prefer. On the Settings windows, click on the System category from the left side pane.

Step 2. On the right-side pane of the System category, find and click on the Storage tab.

Step 3. Turn on the toggle switch next to the Storage Sense option. Now, click anywhere on Storage Sense to open its settings.

Step 4. On the next window, check the checkbox labeled with “Keep Windows running smoothly by automatically cleaning up temporary system and app files.” Turn the toggle On next to “Automatic User content cleanup.”

Step 5. Click on the Run Storage Sense drop-down to find available options. You will see the following settings here:-

  • Every day
  • Every week
  • Every month
  • During low free disk space

By default, if you have turned on Storage Sense, Windows 11 will clean your PC if it has low free disk space. If you use your PC more often, you can choose either the Every day or Every week option.

Step 6. Next, after turning on the Storage Sense feature on Windows 11, it will empty the recycle bin in 30 days.  However, you have the following options to choose from:-

  • 1 day
  • 14 days
  • 30 days
  • 60 days

Step 7. You have two more options to clean up your PC; however, it remains turned off by default. Windows 11 can automatically delete files from the Downloads folder if you need them. Next, you can configure OneDrive settings to make content offline if you do open them in few days.

Step 8. Finally, Storage Sense also allows you to clean up your Windows PC manually. For that, click on the Run Storage Sense now button.

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