Starting with Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update), Storage sense is getting updated with a new feature that makes unused content stored on your OneDrive folder available online-only to free up space. The ability to make files online-only has been part of the OneDrive for quite a while as part of the Files On-demand set of features. However, it was a feature that you needed to use manually, and Windows 10 version 1809 is now simply adding a new option to automate the process. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to configure Storage sense to make your unused OneDrive content locally stored on your device available on-demand.

How to make OneDrive folder take less local space

If you’re running low on storage space, Storage sense can make content that you haven’t access after certain amount time in the OneDrive folder available online-only, and here’s how: Once you’ve completed the steps, content that hasn’t been opened on your device in more than time you specified will become available only with an internet connection. However, you’ll still be able to see the files in the OneDrive folder, but you’ll need an internet connection to re-hydrate the file you want to open. Storage sense settings on Windows 10 version 1809

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Storage sense Locally available cloud content option When using this feature, those files that you selected as “Always keep on this device” won’t be affected. In the case that you don’t see these settings, it’s because you’re not running a supported version of Windows 10. The OneDrive option appears in the Storage sense settings page starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update. If you’re running version 1803 or earlier, you can still use this feature, but you need to manually right-click the files and select the Free up space option. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.