Don’t get too hung up on how much space Chrome OS uses

If you own a Chromebook you may get to a stage where you’re concerned about how much storage space you have available. Although Chrome OS computers need a lot less storage than other types of computers. You’ll still want to make sure you have enough storage for your needs.

There are a few things you can look at when trying to reduce the storage being used. One of them is Chrome OS itself, and you may be concerned about how much storage Chrome OS uses. The amount of storage used by Chrome OS will vary from one user to the next. This is because Chrome OS uses storage when it’s available and reduces how much it needs when you’re low on storage.

This means you should not be too concerned about how much storage space it uses. I recently experimented to see how much you can install on a 32GB Chromebook. The one thing I realised as I installed more apps is that Chrome OS actually reduced in size. Therefore, worrying about how much space the operating system needs is pointless.

Chrome OS and how it uses storage space

All operating systems need to use a certain amount of storage space. In relation to other systems such as MS Windows, Chrome OS takes up very little storage space. As I’ve already mentioned it’s difficult to put a number on it because it will vary, but it usually takes about 10GB of storage on average.

If you’re using a Chromebook with 32GB then that may sound like a lot. However, the OS is essential and without it, you’d have a laptop you couldn’t use. This is why you shouldn’t really get too concerned about how much space it uses. There is no getting around the fact that you need it.

Also, Chrome OS will use more or less storage depending on the situation. If you have lots of storage space available. Then you’ll find that Chrome OS uses more space than if you had less storage space available. This is because the OS uses up more storage space to make regular tasks faster.

Virtual RAM

All computers use virtual RAM and Chrome OS is no different. Your Chromebook may come with 4GB of RAM. This RAM is an actual chip where data can be stored and retrieved at extremely fast speeds. This is why RAM is important when it comes to performance, as the processor can access vital data stored in RAM when performing different tasks. Find out how much RAM you need for a Chromebook.

If your computer runs low on physical RAM, it will then start storing data in virtual RAM. This is slower than having data stored in physical RAM because virtual RAM is stored in your storage temporarily. However, it still allows a computer to perform faster using up storage for virtual RAM rather than swapping all the data in and out of physical RAM.

Because of this Chrome OS will use up storage space for virtual RAM. It does this automatically and you don’t have to change anything for this to take place. You can change your Chrome OS virtual RAM manually, but it isn’t necessary for most circumstances.


When it comes to managing your Chromebook’s storage. I hope I’ve managed to explain why you should ignore how much space Chrome OS uses. The more storage space you have available and you’ll most likely see Chrome OS increases in size. Have very little storage space available and Chrome OS will reduce the amount of storage it uses.

Therefore, when you reduce what is using up storage on your Chromebook. You shouldn’t get too concerned if this space is then used up by Chrome OS. It’s just the way the system works, and you really don’t need to get too hung up on it.

If you need to try and reduce the amount of storage being used on your Chromebook. Then have a read of five ways to reduce the storage being used on Chrome OS.