Automatically delete files in Downloads folder & Recycle Bin after 30 days in Windows 10

Most of the people often download lots of files to their computer but forget to delete the unnecessary files. Windows 10 v1709 now introduces a feature where you can automatically delete files in Downloads folder & Recycle Bin after 30 days.

If you use a file on a daily or even weekly basis, keeping that in your Downloads folder makes sense. However, many PC users often download files but forget about it after some days. The same thing happens with the Recycle Bin as well. Although we delete files from Desktop or other drives but often forget to remove them from the Recycle Bin.

To get rid of the potential low storage problems, Microsoft earlier included a feature called Storage Sense.

Automatically delete files in Download folder & Recycle Bin after 30 days in Windows 10

If you download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update v 1709, you can get even more features alongside Storage Sense. Now you would be able to delete files from Recycle Bin as well as Download folder automatically after 30 days.

Delete files in Downloads folder & Recycle Bin after 30 days

This feature is included in Windows Settings panel. Open it by pressing Win+I and go to System > Storage. On your right-hand side, you will find an option called Storage Sense. If this is turned off, toggle the button to turn it on.

At the same place, you will see another option called Change how we free up space. Click on it to set it up. On the next page, you will see three options-

  • Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using
  • Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days
  • Delete files in the Downloads folder that haven’t changed in 30 days

Automatically delete files in Download folder & Recycle Bin after 30 days in Windows 10

You need to check the 2nd and 3rd options. You can also use all three of them if you want to remove all the temporary files that your apps have used earlier but aren’t using anymore.

Do remember to not keep any useful files file in the Download folder as they will get automatically deleted after 30 days henceforth.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.