How to Use Storage Sense to Manage Disk Space in Windows 10

Windows 10 can automatically free up disk space by getting rid of files and content that you don’t need by the Storage Sense feature. Whenever you are low on disk space, if enabled, Storage Sense will intelligently run and delete temporary files and applications no longer needed.

Windows 10 can automatically free up disk space by getting rid of files and content that you don’t need by the Storage Sense feature. Whenever you are low on disk space, if enabled, Storage Sense will intelligently run and delete temporary files and applications no longer needed. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for the Windows 10 operating system

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Set Storage Sense

First, launch Settings by clicking the Start button, then click the Gear icon on the left side of your screen. Also you can press the Windows+I keys to open Settings. Next, click the System icon, then click Storage. Refer to below image:

Accessing the Storage option

At the top of Storage options, click the toggle to the On position. Next, under the toggle, click Configure Storage Sense or run it now blue ink. See below image:

Enabling Storage Sense

In the Storage Sense options, let’s examine a few different settings. First, is the frequency of when Storage Sense runs You set this option from a drop-down menu labeled Run Storage Sense. You can set it to run Every day, week or month; or whenever disk space is low (the default). Just click the menu and select the option that works best for you. See following image:

Configure when Storage Sense runs

Set Options

Under the Temporary Files section, the first option we want to enable is Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using.

The second option is a drop-down menu labeled Delete files in my Recycle Bin if they have been there for over with selections of Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days. Select an option to your liking.

Finally, the third option is labeled Delete files in my downloads folder if they have been there for over and make your selection from the drop-down menu (default is Never). Automatically deleting files in your Downloads folder may not always be a great idea. However, if you don’t keep important files in the folder you can set a period of Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days or 60 days. In the example below we are enabling the first option, setting the second option to 30 days and the third option to Never. Refer to below image:

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Setting Temporary Files options

Setting OneDrive

Another feature of Windows 10 is  OneDrive which lets you access all the files saved in your OneDrive cloud, with File Explorer, regardless of whether they are downloaded or not on your PC. However, if you work with many of those files locally they can quickly add up and eat up space. If you want, you can configure Storage Sense to automatically mark the OneDrive files that you haven’t opened for a specified amount of time as online-only. That means that those files are still kept in your OneDrive cloud and are still accessible from File Explorer, but they no longer occupy space on your PC.

Under the Locally available cloud content heading there are two options. From the iCloud Drive option, chose an entry from thedrop-down menu. You can choose whethere Content will become online-only if not opened for more than Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days. Simply, repeat the above for the second option, iCloud Photos. However, note that this setting is available in Storage Sense only if the location of your OneDrive folder is on your C: drive, where Windows 10 is installed. See below image:

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Setting iCloud Drive and Photos option

Clear Space Now

Finally, under the heading, Free up space now section is a Clear Now button. If you need to clean your Windows 10 C: drive urgently, click or tap this button. That runs Storage Sense immediately, without waiting for its schedule. See following image:

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Selecting the Clear Now button

Once you are finished, simply close Settings.

Related

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How to Set a Schedule to Empty the Recycle Bin

Storage Sense Contents Removal

Once activated, Storage Sense will intelligently run whenever your device is low on storage space or according to your schedule.

Storage Sense looks for and removes files such as, but not limited to:

  • Temporary setup files
  • Old indexed content
  • System cache files
  • Internet cache files
  • Device driver packages
  • System downloaded program files
  • Dated system log files
  • System error memory dump files
  • System error minidump files
  • Temporary system files
  • Dated Windows update temporary files

If you have turned on the removal of old files in your Downloads folder, these will be removed as well according to your time interval setting.

The fact that Windows 10 includes an option to clean your disk and recover free space automatically is a good thing. It can prove quite useful, especially for users who struggle with limited space on their Windows 10 computers and devices. As a end note, remember that Storage Sence can be very aggressive in removing files.

That’s it. If you didn’t already use it, try Storage Sense and let us know what you think about this feature and/or TechSavvy.Life in the Comments or click to Tweet below.

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What Is Apple’s iCloud Service?

ICloud is Apple’s umbrella term for cloud-syncing feature. Basically, anything that is backed up or synced with Apple’s servers is considered a part of iCloud.

ICloud is Apple’s umbrella term for cloud-syncing feature. Basically, anything that is backed up or synced with Apple’s servers is considered a part of iCloud.

The purpose of iCloud is to store data securely on Apple’s remote servers. All your data is backed up and synchronized between all your devices. This allows you to retrieve your data in case you lose your smart device.

If so, you simply log into iCloud.com to retrieve your data or sign in with your Apple ID to automatically restore your data on your new smart device.

This is for smart devices and desktop/laptops. Screenshots are from iPhone and PC

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Sign In On Your Apple Device

Visit iCloud.com on your smart device and sign in with your Apple account to see what services are cloud synced.

When you sign in you can access most of these features:

  1. Photos
  2. Notes
  3. Reminders
  4. Find My iPhone

Refer to below image:

Your iCloud services on a smart device

Your Account Settings

From your smart device, you can also access your Accounts Settings by clicking the blue link. Here you can view your Storage. See below image:

Your smart device storage

To see everything that your iCloud account is backing up, open the Settings app on your smart device, select your Profile at the top of the list, then navigate to the iCloud section. Here you can enable or disable app data backup. See following image;

Enable/disable apps to be backed up

Manage Storage

To manage your iCloud storage. Click on the Manage Storage section. Refer to below image:

Manage your storage

Here you can upgrade to a monthly storage plan for more storage by clicking on Change Storage Plan. See below image:

Change your storage plan

You can purchase 50GB for $.99, 200GB for $2.99 or 2TB for $9.99 per month. See following image:

Set or upgrade your storage plan

Sign In On Your Desktop

Visit iCloud.com on your iPad, Mac or desktop and sign in with your Apple account to see what services are cloud synced.

When you sign in on your iPad, Mac or desktop you gain access to most of these features:

  1. Photos
  2. iCloud Drive
  3. Notes
  4. Mail
  5. Calendars
  6. Contacts
  7. Settings
  8. Reminders
  9. Pages, Numbers, or Keynote*
  10. Find My iPhone
  11. Find My Friends

See below image:

Your iCloud services from a desktop/laptop

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How to Transfer iPhone Contacts to Windows 10

Have you ever wanted to share your iPhone contacts with your Windows 10 PC? I have wanted to do this for a year. It used to work but my PC went “south” last year. I finally did some research and came up with this post for you to implement. You can share your smart device contacts through Apple’s iCloud service. To use this service, your contacts must be synced with iCloud. So, lets get started.

This is for iPhone or iPad and Windows 10 operating system

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Its usually located on your home screen. Your screen should look similar to the following image:
Win 10 Contacts Settings
My iPhone home screen
  • Tap your name at the top of the screen. See following screenshot:
Win 10 Contacts Profile
My iPhone Settings screen

Syncing Contacts

  • Tap iCloud
  • Verify that your Contacts is being synced. Either the toggle switch will be green or you will see iCloud storage being used like the below image. If not, tap the toggle button to enable the process and sync your contacts.
Win 10 Contacts Storage
My iPhone iCloud Storage screen
  • On your Windows 10 PC, log in to iCloud website with your Apple ID and Password
  • Click on the Contacts applet. See following screenshot:
Win 10 iCloud Contacts
iCloud applets on Windows 10 PC screen

Selecting/Exporting Contacts

  • Select a Contact from your list. See the following image for my selection of Chris Dow:
Win 10 iCloud Selection
iCloud Contacts screen
  • Click the small gear icon at the bottom left corner
  • Select Export vCard. Refer to following screenshot:
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Selecting and Exporting an iCloud Contact screen

You can select more than one contact by selecting a single name and using the “Shift” key to select the last contact. There is an option to Create Group at the bottom right for your multiple contact selection.

Note! It is best to export just one contact. Although you can select multiple contacts, only one contact data (the first one selected) is exported, especially for Outlook.

By default, the exported VCF file is placed in your PC Downloads folder.

  • Open your File Explore and find the VCF file. Refer to following image:
Win 10 iCloud Downloads
File Explorer Downloads folder screen with Chris Dow VCF file

Using Your VCF File

  • Right click on the VCF file and select Open
  • Select where you want to install your contact(s). You have several choices, like Outlook, the People app and Windows Contacts
  • Select your choice and click OK

Your choice will open for your review.

  • For Outlook, click the Save & Close option to complete the export. See following screen::
Win 10 iCloud Outlook
Exported VCF file from iCloud to Microsoft Outlook in Windows 10 screen

That’s it. You are done.

Enable iCloud Contacts Sharing

BUT WAIT, I want to share all my Contacts via iCloud to my Windows 10 PC, not just a few. You can use iCloud for Windows to synchronize your contacts and other data between your iOS device and Outlook. Lets get started.

This works with the following variations of Outlook:

Outlook for Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

  • Download and install iCloud for Windows.
  • After installation, launch the iCloud app and sign in with your Apple ID and Password. Your screen should look like the below image:
Win 10 Outlook iCloud Screen
iCloud for Windows screenshot
  • Select the option to sync Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks. You can select other options to sync from this screen.
  • Click Apply
  • Click Close

Once the setup has finished, launch Outlook. Your iCloud email, contacts and calendars should now be synchronizing with Outlook.

  • To verify, in Outlook, open a new email. In the Address Book drop down box, select iCloud like the image below:
Win 10 Outlook iCloud Names
Windows 10 iCloud contacts screen
  • You should see ALL your iCloud contacts
  • Close Outlook

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How to Locate a Lost iPhone

Did you recently obtain a new iPhone? Are you concerned about losing the device? Apple owners can find the device with the Find My app for iOS 13 and above or Find My iPhone for older iOS. We are going to use iCloud to tract down your device.

Before your iPhone goes missing, there are a few options to turn on. For iOS 13+, do the following:

  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on <Your Name>
  • Tap on Find My
  • Tap on Find My iPhone
  • Enable all three slider controls by tap and hold, then slide until the option is lit (highlighted in green)

For older iOS, tap on Settings, <Your Name>, iCloud, Find My iPhone and enable all three slider controls

Your screen should look like the image below:

Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone Screenshot

First, using another device, try calling your number. If that doesn’t work, lets try using your browser to locate your device.

Once again, the following is for iOS 13+. The steps are similar for older iOS.

  • Start your browser and go to iCloud.com
  • If you don’t have an iCloud account, you can download iCloud for Windows
  • Signin using your Apple ID and password

Your screen should look like the below image:

Signin to iCloud
Signin to iCloud
  • Click the Find iPhone icon
  • Select the All Devices drop down box at the top of the screen and find your iPhone
  • Select your iPhone on the map, its a green dot

Your results should look like the below image:

iCloud Results
Screenshot of my iPhone location

You now have three options:

  1. Play Sound on your iPhone
  2. Place the iPhone in Lost Mode which locks the iPhone so no one can access it. If someone finds its, the device will display your contact information.
  3. Erase iPhone. Please do not do this unless all hope is gone of recovering the device. Once the iPhone is erased, all personal information is gone. Your device can no longer be tracked through the app.

Locate Other Lost Devices

You may want to find any lost device like Airpods, headphones, Fitbit tracker, Apple Pencil, iPad, Apple Watch and others. As of this post, Wunderfind is a free iPhone app from the Apple Store. It is worth a look. Click here for a preview.

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