How to Start or Stop Recycle Bin Automatic Deletion in Windows 10

In this post, we will see the steps to empty Recycle Bin and turn on or off the automatic deletion of Recycle Bin in Windows 10. Let us start.

How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10

Right-click on the “Recycle Bin” icon on the desktop and then click the “Empty Recycle Bin” option. Hit “Yes” in the confirmation pop-up. That’s it.

Alternative Methods

You can open Recycle Bin and then do any of the following:

  • Hit the “Empty Recycle Bin” option, which you can find under the “Recycle Bin Tools” tab in Ribbon at the top. Click on “Yes” in the confirmation pop-up.
  • Right-click on the blank space and then hit the “Empty Recycle Bin” option. In the confirmation pop-up, click “Yes.”
  • Press Ctrl + A keys and then hit the “Delete” key. In the confirmation pop-up, click “Yes.”

Start Automatic Deletion of Recycle Bin in Windows 10

Storage Sense, a feature in Windows 10, auto-delete the contents that have been in the Recycle Bin for over 30 days.

By default, this feature is not enabled.

Follow the below steps to turn on Storage Sense:

  1. Open Settings app.
  1. Click on System > Storage.
  1. You can see a toggle switch at the top. Enable it.

That’s it. From now on, contents that have been in the Recycle Bin for over 30 days will be deleted automatically.

If you want to change that 30 days duration, follow the below steps:

  1. Follow the steps 1 and 2 of above section. Now, hit the Configure Storage Sense or run it now link.
  1. Open the first drop-down list in the Temporary Files section.
  1. Now, you can see these options – Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, and 60 days. Pick the one you prefer.

Stop Automatic Deletion of Recycle Bin in Windows 10

You can stop the automatic deletion of Recycle Bin by following any of the below ways.

Method #1

Open Settings app. Hit System > Storage. Disable the toggle switch at the top.

Method #2

Open Settings app. Hit System > Storage. Click on Configure Storage Sense or run it now link.

Now, open the first drop-down list in the Temporary Files section and then choose Never.

That is all. From now on, no automatic removal of Recycle Bin contents will happen.