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How to Turn on and Configure Storage Sense in Windows 11

Are you tired of frequent storage issues in your Winodws OS, or Looking for some automation to clean unused files from the system?

fix storage issues in windows 11 using storage sense
Automate Storage Cleaning in Windows 11

If that’s the case, then, this article is meant for you.

Storage Sense is an in-built Windows feature assigned the task of monitoring and freeing up the device’s space automatically.

Whenever your device is low on storage, this feature will automatically clean up the junk files in recycle bin, temporary files, and cached data.

In this way, your device can take care of itself in terms of maintaining sufficient storage so you can perform your important tasks.

By the end of this article, you will be able to understand:

  • how to turn on storage sense in Windows 11.
  • Configure Storage Sense Properly.
  • Pros and Cons of Storage Sense.
  • Whether or not to use Storage Sense.

Step #1: Go to the ‘Windows Settings’ App from the Start Menu or by pressing the ‘Windows + I’ Key Combination.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the “System’ option from the left sidebar.

system option in left sidebar in windows settings
System Option

Step #3: Select the ‘Storage’ option.

select storage option in system settings in windows 11
Storage Option

Step #4: Toggle on the “Storage Sense” option.

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Toggle on the ‘Storage Sense’ option

If you don’t configure Storage Sense by yourself, then, Windows will use default settings.

It is recommended to configure it as per your preference to avoid untimely data deletion, also it’s a one-time effort.

Step #1: Set desired time range when to run storage sense.

Following are the available time ranges to run storage sense in windows 11:
– Every day
– Every week
– Every month
– During low free disk space

configuration to run storage sense in windows 11
Configuring to “Run Storage Sense”

Step #2: Set time range to delete files in recycle bin.

Following are the available time ranges to delete files in the recycle bin:
– Never
– 1 day
– 14 days
– 30 days (default)
– 60 days

Once Set, storage sense will automatically delete the files in the recycle bin after the selected time interval.

configuration to delete files in recycle bin using storage sense in windows 11
Configuring Storage Sense to Delete Files in “Recycle Bin”

Step #3: Set the time range to delete files in the download folder.

Following are the available time ranges to delete files in the download folder:
– Never (default)
– 1 day
– 14 days
– 30 days
– 60 days

Once Set, storage sense will automatically delete the files in the download folder after the selected time interval.

configuration to delete files in download folder using storage sense in windows 11
Configuring Storage Sense to Delete Files in “Download Folder”

Automate Storage Cleaning

Lack of Space Availability is one of the common problems faced by users. To overcome that, Storage Sense can be very helpful in cleaning files, folders, documents, etc, and freeing up storage in Windows.

Time Saving

It would be very convenient to automate the cleaning of unused files in windows, so you can focus on the work that holds more importance and matters for you the most.

Uncertain File Deletions

You might end up deleting necessary files if the storage sense is not configured properly on your system.

The configuration totally depends on your own needs and preferences, so it’s better to spend some time configuring it once and for all.


What time of day does storage Sense run?

Storage sense will run once your device runs out of space, depending on the configuration you’ve set.

Is storage Sense on by default?

No, the storage sense is switched off by default. When you turn it on, it will automatically alert you and clear up the utilized space based on the configuration you provide.

Does Storage Sense clean virus?

Yes, if storage sense automatically cleans files that contain a virus, then it is possible that it will clear viruses from your device.

Why does my Windows 11 not have storage sense?

Storage Sense may or may not be pre-activated by default on the version of Windows 11 you are using. You may use Windows Search to find the storage option by searching ‘Storage Sense’ in the start menu. Now, simply turn on and configure Storage Sense.


I wish I could tell you that turning on the Storage Sense in Windows will serve the purpose to free up storage but actually, it won’t, until it’s configured properly.

Its configuration depends on your requirements and it’s not mandatory to copy the same settings as in the screenshots above.

So integrating all the above, we have covered the following key points in this article:

#1: Turn on Storage Sense in Windows 11.

#2: Configure Storage Sense in Windows 11.

#3: Pros and Cons of Storage Sense.

#4: Whether or not to use this feature.


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