Why Is My Other Storage So High Chromebook? (Explained)

Why Is My Other Storage So High Chromebook

If you use a Chromebook, you may have encountered a scenario where your Chromebook ran out of storage space. You might be wondering why your other storage is so high and taking up so much space. This article will explain why your other storage is high on your Chromebook.

The other storage on your Chromebook is so high since it includes various things such as videos, music, photos, audio files. For better or worse, it contains all sorts of data, such as junk files, personal files, and other types of storage. In addition, it may contain files of different types, including docs, pdfs, PSDs, browser cache, system cache, voice files, archive files, and other media message files stored on the system locally. 

Additionally, the extra storage space may include extensions, plugins, and other items that are not included in the categories listed above. These additional files take up a significant amount of storage space, so your Chromebook’s disk space use is incredibly high.

Can the other storage be cleared in the Chromebook?

If you discover that your Chromebook is running short on disk space, you may free up some space by deleting particular files that you no longer use or need. However, checking how much storage space has been taken up may be a good idea before you do so. 

In this scenario, open your Chromebook and click on the time option at the bottom of the screen. Following that, navigate to the device part of your settings and then to the storage management area of your settings. 

This reveals both the amount of storage space you have remaining on your device and the amount of that space that is now being utilized by things like your downloads, browser data, and offline files, among other things. 

When your Chromebook’s hard drive is running short on space, Chrome OS will show a persistent reminder or notice notifying you that your Chromebook is running low on space. However, you do not have to wait until you see this error warning before attempting to clear up space on your device.

According to Google, your Chromebook may begin automatically removing downloaded files, outdated account information, browser history, and other data when its storage capacity becomes limited. Again, this emphasizes keeping an eye on your device’s storage space before it runs out of space. But, of course, you must free up storage space manually, or your Chromebook will do it for you, perhaps eliminating crucial information in the process.

How to Free Up Space on Chromebook?

Freeing up the other storage on a Chromebook is very easy if you know what you must do and want to remove it. For example, you may attempt the following solutions to free up disk space if your Chromebook is performing slowly or has run out of storage space:

Move files to the cloud. 

The first thing you can do is remove redundant files from your computer or move them to cloud storage. Then, using the Files app, go through each folder one by one. You should be looking for any outdated or inactive assets, including photos, screenshots, screen recordings, videos, program setup files, and other documents. Next, sort the files using the AZ icon, then choose to sort them according to their size. 

This will organize your files in decreasing order according to their sizes; the larger files will show at the top of the list. With this arrangement, you can quickly find large files using up valuable storage space and remove those that are no longer required. Alternatively, you can opt to back up your information on the cloud rather than delete it entirely. 

Uninstall apps that are no longer in use. 

Applications generate large amounts of user information, cached information, and other trash files, all of which take up valuable storage space. Having multiple applications installed on the Chromebook that you do not use might lead to the Chromebook running out of storage space very rapidly. Free up disk space by uninstalling any applications that are no longer required. Then, access the storage management option. To uninstall applications, start by selecting “Apps and extensions.”

Then choose those programs or extensions that you do not use a lot. Uninstalling an application from your Chromebook is as simple as selecting it and pressing the Uninstall button. You should be aware that you will not be able to uninstall important system apps such as Chrome, the Files application, Google Play, the Web Store, and so forth.

Clear browsing history. 

The Chrome browser consumes large amounts of RAM and generates and retains an enormous amount of data on your device. Although some of this information is necessary, some details may be omitted. Therefore, clear more space on your Chromebook to make more space on it. By navigating to your settings, selecting the device option, and selecting browsing history under storage management, you may accomplish this. This opens a new tab in which you can clear your browsing history.

Use cleaning apps. 

There are several cleaning applications available that are extremely effective. Most of these applications are also compatible with the Chrome OS operating system. You can find out more by reading this list of 10 highly effective cleaning applications. You can remove junk from your Chromebook with a single click by opening the Play Store, installing one of the cleaning applications, and then restarting your computer.


The Other Storage on your Chromebook is generally high because it keeps several file types, from docs, music, and voice files, to other system files. You can easily clear up the space in the other storage by following the fixes provided in this article. Getting more space on your Chromebook comes down to deleting files and applications that are no longer needed. Saving files to the cloud can help free up more storage space on your computer. 


Eddie Mcfarren

Eddie Is no stranger to technical writing after spending years in Networking, IT Infrastructure management, and online content marketing. He is an avid researcher, Software and apps dev tester who spends hours solving problems behind the scenes. Get in touch with him via social media and you can email him via contact@gawkygeek.com

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