5 Ways to Free Up Space on a Chromebook

Sooner or later, you are sure to exhaust the storage limit of your Chromebook. When this will happen you will start receiving errors while downloading files or any other document. Most of the Chromebooks available in the market so far come with 16 GB of internal storage therefore reaching the storage limit in a Chromebook is not a very rare incident.

Therefore it is recommended by experts that if you are using a Chromebook, then you should learn tips to free up space on your Chromebook device. Although, you might have been using cloud-based storage and other online services, but along with that it is also important to keep your local storage space free so that you can do many things offline on a Chromebook like watching offline video on your Chromebook.

With little effort, you can free up considerable space of your Chromebook. Following are some of the easy ways to do that.

Check Storage Used

First check how much space is being used on your Chromebook and how much is still available for usage. For this go to your ‘Downloads’ folder and click the gear (Settings) icon. This will show you the left out space on your internal storage. Here, you should also keep in mind that not the whole 16 GB of internal storage is available for the personal usage, as out of this 16GB a major section of internal storage space will be used by the Chrome’s System Files.

By checking out your storage space you will be able to figure out whether you need to free up space instantly or you can wait for some time. However, it is recommended that management of internal storage space should be practiced on a regular basis so that your available space never gets crowded with unnecessary stuffs.

Clean Out Your Downloaded Files

The next step is to clear the downloaded files. You keep on downloading stuffs, make use of it and then you don’t need those downloaded stuff anymore but it continues to exist on your Download folder, capturing your space. Thus it is important that after making use of the downloaded stuff or getting it saved in some other folder, you must delete it from your “Download” folder as this will free up a lot of space. To do this, perform the following steps:

• Open the “Files” app

• Select “Downloads” to view your downloaded files
• Click the “Size” column to sort the downloaded files by size
• The largest file will appear near the top
• Start deleting the large files that you no longer require
If you still need the files then try uploading those in the Google Drive. In this way not only you will be able to delete those files from “Download” and free up the internal storage space but also your files will become available through Google Drive.
If your Google Drive also doesn’t have space, then save your important files on a SD card or move it to some CD. The crux is to keep the “Download” folder empty.

Check Offline Google Drive Files

Some of the files that you save on Google Drive for online use, automatically also get their offline copy. Owing to this, more space of your Chromebook gets used. However, Google decides itself about which online file needs an offline copy still you can always manually ask Google Drive to save an offline copy of any file. These offline Google Drive files are also consuming your internal storage space. In order to free up the Chromebook space go to the “Files” app, click the “Google Drive” folder and select “Offline” to check out which of the Google Drive files are caching offline.

Here also, you can sort the files by size.

To keep your Chromebook space free you must set your device not to save an offline copy of the Google drive files. For this right-click a file and ensure the “Available offline” option is unchecked.

Clear Browser Cache and Other Data

Chrome OS doesn’t have any settings or gateway to show up how much space the browser cache and other temporary files are consuming. But just like in other devices, even in Chromebook, the browser cache uses up lots of space as this speeds up the web browsing but at the cost of your storage space.

You can easily clear the browser cache and other temporary data by using ‘Clear browsing data’ tool. To make use of this tool, perform the following steps:

• Click the Menu button

• From the drop menu, select “More tools”
• Select “Clear browsing data” to open it
• To clear your browser cache, Check the “Cached images and files” checkbox
As you continue browsing, your Chromebook will gradually accumulate cache data again. Don’t worry this will happen slowly hence, you can be relaxed for a while. But to keep the storage space free you have to continue performing the cache clearing steps at a regular interval.

Uninstall Apps

It is to update you that Chrome OS doesn’t allow you to check out how much space the installed apps in the device are using up. But as we all know, these installed apps are consuming up too much of space, especially those apps that run offline like the gaming apps that consume hundreds of megabytes of space. Hence, you can’t just keep downloading games or other apps rather you have to be judgmental in deciding which of the apps or games you are not using anymore. In particular, you should focus on the games and other larger apps that run offline. Uninstall these unused but space consuming apps by performing the following steps:

• Open the app launcher
• Select the apps you want to remove
• Right-click them
• Select “Remove from Chrome” or “Uninstall.”

The aforementioned tips are effective in creating a lot of free space in your Chromebook. Apart from adopting other things like buying extra cloud storage space, or copying your files in a SD card, it is also equally important to keep the internal storage space of your Chromebook free. Hence, try out the above mentioned tips and you will be able to recognize what is eating up your space and what you must get removed from the drive.

About the Author: Polly M Quinton is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphone. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of online tech support and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe.