Chrome OS has always been pretty bare bones, but as an avid user and fan of the OS, even I have to admit it’s missing features it really shouldn’t be. With the limited storage available on most Chromebooks, you’d think a storage manager would be available, but you would be wrong. Thankfully, that will be changing very soon.

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François Beaufort, a member of the Chrome OS team at Google recently revealed over on Google+ that the next update to Chrome OS will pick up an easy to access storage manager within the settings menu.

The storage manager will break down your used and available storage separating stored files into offline Google Drive files and downloaded files. Presumably this will also have a section broken out for Android apps as that is set to arrive on more Chromebooks over the coming months.

For now the change is available via the Chrome OS dev channel by enabling it in flags. To do this easily, type chrome://flags/#enable-storage-manager into the URL bar and then restart your Chromebook. Once you’re back up, head over to Chrome settings and you’ll find the storage manager under the “device” section.


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