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How to create more space and manage your Chromebooks storage

by Dan Millward
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A couple of years ago it was not really necessary to manage your Chromebooks storage space. The Chromebook is set up to save your work files in the cloud. Using a service such as Google Drive to save your work files reduces the amount of storage space you use from your Chromebooks internal storage.

Since the take off of Android Apps on the Chromebook. It’s now more important than ever to manage your Chromebooks storage. If you manage your storage correctly you will be able to free up valuable storage space on your Chromebook computer.

How to open your Chromebooks storage management

One of the first things you need to do is to see how much internal storage you have available on your Chromebook. This is easy to do and it will instantly let you know whether you are running low on storage. You can then find further details by acccessing your Chromebooks storage management.

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Follow the steps below to open your Chromebooks storage management

  1. Open your Chromebooks file manager

    You can find the file manager from the app launcher, which is the circle in the bottom left of your Chromebooks desktop. You want to look for an icon similar to below, which will open your file manager.

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  2. Click on the top right menu from the file manager

    On the top right of the file manager, you will see three diagonal dots. Click on this and you will see an item in this menu, which shows the amount of storage available on your Chromebook.


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  3. Click on the option showing the amount of available storage

    Click on the option, which is showing the amount of storage available. This will open your Chromebooks storage management menu.

  4. You will now see your Chromebook Storage Management options

    From this menu, you can manage your Chromebooks storage space. We will now go through each option and what it means if you delete files from the sections in your Chromebook storage management menu.

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What files are safe to delete

From your Chromebooks storage menu you can instantly see what is taking up your valuable Chromebook storage. Before you consider deleting any files. Let’s take a look at each section and what it would mean if you delete files from any of the sections.



Downloads

This section is where all of the files you have downloaded from the internet are stored. If you have created new folders to store certain files. These files will still be under the heading of ‘Downloads’. It’s a good idea to regularly check what is in your Chromebook downloads folder, as it can increase in size very quickly if you don’t keep on top of it.

You should regularly delete the files you no longer need from this folder to free up space for your Chromebook. If you do need to keep files consider moving them to the cloud. If you want to keep certain files locally it’s a good idea to create a new folder. By doing this you can separate the files you want to keep from the files you have downloaded that can be deleted.

To create a folder right click on the Downloads folder from your file manager and choose ‘New Folder’. Enter a name for your new folder. This will then show underneath the ‘Downloads’ folder. You can then easily drag and drop files from ‘Downloads’ into your new folder. By doing this you will be able to delete files from your ‘Downloads’ folder regularly without having to worry if you are deleting files you need to keep.

Your new folder will show under the downloads folder

You can see above that I have created a new folder called ‘My Files’. Although you have created a new folder it’s important to remember these files are stored in your Downloads section. By creating a new folder it allows you to manage the downloads you want to keep.

If you always remember to move downloaded files you want to keep into your new folder. You will easily be able to delete all the files in the Downloads folder when you need extra storage space. Just make sure you do not delete your new folder by accident, as this folder will be listed when you click on ‘Downloads’.

Offline Files

This section temporarily stores files from Google Drive. Files are stored in this section so they are easily accessible, and are files you have been working on recently. You can easily delete the files in this section to free up some storage space. Any files you have requested to be available offline will not be removed from your Chromebook.

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Browsing Data

This section can take up a lot of storage space, so it’s a good idea to try and manage this section from time to time. When you click on this section you will realise it is split into three different areas. You can choose which sections to delete by ticking or unticking the box next to each section.

You will also notice you can delete files stored in the last hour, 24 hours, seven days, four weeks or all time. If you choose all time it will delete all of the files from the sections that you have chosen to delete files.

Browsing History

These files are stored when you visit websites. It basically leaves a footprint of all the websites you have visited. It stores information about the websites visited by all users that are registered on the Chromebook. This means it can easily take up a lot of storage space in a small amount of time.

You can easily delete the files from this section without it causing you any future problems. Doing this on a regular basis will help free up valuable storage space on your Chromebook.

Cookies and other site data

This section stores all the cookies and other relevant files from the websites you visit. You should not delete these files without thinking about the impact it will cause. Cookies are necessary to offer you a seamless internet browsing experience.

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If you delete cookies you will have to enter your login details again for any site where you previously logged in automatically. So any websites you currently visit that store your login details to make it easy to access will be deleted. This can be a problem if you have forgotten your username or password details. So before deleting cookies, make sure you are happy to enter these details for each site.

Cookies also store other valuable information about websites you visit. You may have a website set up a certain way for you. If you delete cookies any settings you have set up on websites will be deleted. This may not sound like a big issue. However, you may be surprised about how this changes websites you visit regularly.

I would only delete cookies if it’s absolutely necessary because they make your internet browsing a pleasurable experience.



Cached images and files

When you visit websites they cache images and files, so when you visit the website again in the future it’s much quicker to access the website. Nearly all websites do this because it makes accessing their website faster. There are many files and images that websites use regularly, which take time to load. Caching these files makes sense when it comes to having quick access to websites.

I would only recommend deleting files from this section if you really need the storage space. You should also check how much space these files are taking up. If the files are only taking up a few MBs it may not be worth deleting the files. However, you can easily delete these files without any problems. You may, however, notice it takes longer to load websites that you visit on a regular basis.

Android Storage

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This is where your Android Apps are installed. If you have a lot of Android Apps installed you may notice a lot of space is used up by these apps. It’s a good idea to regularly check what Android Apps you have installed on your Chromebook and regularly delete Apps you no longer use.

It’s very easy to download Android Apps on the Chromebook. It’s also very tempting to download multiple apps that do the same thing to see which is best. However, when you are busy it’s easy to forget to delete the Apps you no longer use. Try to keep on top of this, as it will help with any storage issues you may have with your Chromebook.

If you regularly delete Android Apps you do not use on a regular basis. You should not have many problems with the amount of storage you have available on your Chromebook.

Regularly check your storage management

If you follow the steps above it will help you keep on top of your Chromebooks storage. Regularly deleting files you no longer need will help create more storage space.

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