Top 6 ways to free up space on Windows 11 without deleting apps
Using a Windows computer running low on storage is slow and sluggish. You will face performance errors, application errors and a degraded gaming experience due to less space on your hard drive or SSD. You can always delete unnecessary apps. But what if you still want to keep those apps and free up space? Here are the best ways to free up space on Windows without deleting apps.
You can always replace your current hard drive or SSD with a higher capacity variant. But it’s not the most convenient way to unlock more space on Windows. Also, the trick is not relevant for Windows laptop users, as most models from the leading laptop manufacturers come with an SSD. Instead, use the tricks below to reclaim valuable space on your Windows 11 PC.
Check storage on Windows drives
Before we start, let’s first check the total storage space left on the Windows computer drives. You can either use the File Explorer app or the default settings menu.
Step 1: Press the Windows + E keys to open File Explorer.
Step 2: Select “This PC” from the left sidebar.
Step 3: Right-click a drive and click Properties from the context menu.
Step 4: Check available storage on a particular drive.
You can also check the same from the Windows Settings menu.
Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings.
Step 2: Select System from the left sidebar and click Storage.
Step 3: Expand “Advanced storage settings” and select “Storage used on other drives.”
Step 4: Check a detailed storage overview from the following menu.
1. Remove temporary files
You can use the default storage menu to find and remove temporary files on your PC. This is how.
Step 1: Go to storage in Windows settings (see steps above).
Step 2: Select “Temporary files”.
Step 3: Enable checkmarks next to Recycle Bin, Windows Update Cleanup, Delivery Optimization Files, Windows Upgrade Log Files, and other suggestions.
Note: Be careful before activating the tick next to ‘Downloads’. It will delete all your personal files from the download folder.
Step 4: Click “Remove files” at the top.
We freed up around 10GB using the trick on our PC.
2. Check and remove other files
Thanks to a redesigned Settings menu in Windows 11, you no longer need to navigate the File Explorer menu to find large folders. You can check the same from the Windows 11 Settings menu. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Go to the storage menu in Windows 11 settings (check the steps above).
Step 2: Select Other.
Step 3: Check large folders from the following menu and delete unnecessary files.
You can also open the File Explorer app to find large folders. Right-click on such large folders and press the Delete icon from the context menu.
After removing large files, go to the Recycle Bin to empty it.
3. Manage your email storage
When you send or receive dozens of e-mails daily, you need to re-check the e-mail storage on your PC. It is another effective way to free up space on Windows without deleting apps.
Step 1: Go to the Storage menu in Windows Settings (check the steps above).
Step 2: Select Mail.
Step 3: Click Manage Email from the following menu.
Step 4: Remove unnecessary emails from the default Mail app.
4. Find large, unused and synced files
You can find large, unused, and files that are already synced to your OneDrive account on your PC. You can remove them to free up space on Windows.
Step 1: Go to the storage menu in Windows settings.
Step 2: Select “Cleanup Recommendations” and expand Large and Unused Files.
Step 3: Select the files you want to remove and press the Clean Up button.
Step 4: Expand “Files synced to the cloud.”
Step 5: Select files and click the Clean Up button.
5. Free up space using OneDrive
Thanks to OneDrive files on demand, you can upload large files to the cloud storage service and make them available offline only when you need them.
Step 1: Open the File Explorer app (Windows + E keys).
Step 2: Move large files from your local drive to OneDrive.
Step 3: Right-click on such files or folders and select Free up space from the context menu.
File Explorer will remove these files and store them only on OneDrive.
6. Enable Storage Sense
Enabling storage sense automatically frees up space, deletes temporary files, and manages locally available cloud content.
Step 1: Open the Storage menu in Windows Settings (check the steps above).
Step 2: Enable the “Storage Sense” switch.
The option will keep Windows running by automatically cleaning up temporary system and app files. You can manage cleanup schedules from the Storage Sense menu.
Leave the storage anxiety behind on Windows
You don’t need to uninstall important apps to free up space on your computer. You can achieve the same without deleting a single app. How much storage space did you free up by using the steps above? Share your experience in the comments below.