Change Days After Which To Empty Windows 10 Recycle Bin

Windows 10 includes the ability to automatically empty your Recycle bin or delete temporary files to free up disk space. It is definitely a great improvement in Windows 10 over previous versions of the OS. With recently released builds, you can change the schedule for Recycle Bin automatic clean up.


Today, we will see how to change the number of days after which to automatically empty the Recycle Bin in Windows 10. The appropriate option became available with Windows 10 build 17074 and above. The option can be found under Storage Sense in Settings.

Storage Sense

Storage Sense is a nice, modern addition to Disk Cleanup. It allows you to maintain certain folders by preventing them from getting too large and clean them up automatically. The Storage Sense feature can be found in Settings, under System -> Storage. We have reviewed how it can be used in our previous articles:

Storage Sense can be used to remove Windows upgrade log files, system-created Windows Error Reporting Files, Windows Defender Antivirus temporary files, Thumbnails, Temporary Internet Files, Device driver packages, DirectX Shader Cache, Downloaded Program Files and Delivery Optimization Files.

Change Days After Which To Empty Recycle Bin

Starting with Windows 10 build 17074, it is possible to set for how many days Windows 10 should keep old Recycle Bin files before purging them automatically. A redesigned Storage Sense page has a number of options which allows changing the number of days. Here is how it can be done.

To change days after which to empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to System - Storage.
  3. Click on the link Change how we free up space automatically on the right under Storage Sense.Change Days After Which To Empty Recycle Bin Pic1
  4. Under Temporary Files, select the desired number of days in the drop-down list Delete files in my Recycle Bin if they have been there for over.Change Days After Which To Empty Recycle Bin Pic2Change Days After Which To Empty Recycle Bin Pic3

That's it.

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