How to Stop Recycle Bin Automatic Deletion in Windows 10 (and More)

In this post, we’ll see the following:

Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10

Here’s how you can empty Recycle Bin:

Right-click on the “Recycle Bin” icon in the desktop and then click the “Empty Recycle Bin” option. Hit “Yes” in the confirmation popup.

Empty Recycle Bin option

Alternatively, you can open Recycle Bin and then do any one of the following:

Hit the “Empty Recycle Bin” option which you can find under “Manage” in Ribbon at the top. Click on “Yes” in the confirmation popup.

Right-click on the blank space and then hit the “Empty Recycle Bin” option. In the confirmation popup, click “Yes.”

Press Ctrl + A and then hit the “Delete” key. In the confirmation popup, click “Yes.”

Turn On Automatic Deletion of Recycle Bin in Windows 10

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

By default, it isn’t enabled. If you wish, you can turn it on and here’s how:

Open Settings app.

Click on System > Storage.

Under “Storage sense” section, you can see a switch. Hit it.

Turned on Storage sense

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:

Go to the “Storage sense” section and hit the “Change how we free up space automatically.”

Open the first drop-down list under the “Temporary Files” section.

Now, you can see these options – Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, and 60 days. Pick the one you prefer.

Changed duration to 14 days

That’s it. All done.

Stop Automatic Deletion of Recycle Bin in Windows 10

You can stop automatic deletion by turning off the “Storage sense” feature entirely (To do this, follow the first three steps in the above section) OR by turning off the setting that does this task. Let’s see the latter.

Open Settings app. Hit System > Storage.

Click on “Change how we free up space automatically” link.

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

Turned off Recycle Bin automatic deletion

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

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Also see:

How to Disable Remote Assistance

How to Automatically Shut Down Windows 10 PC


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