Sometimes, Google Chrome uses too much disk space. There’s an easy explanation for it, and there’s also an easy fix to reduce Chrome’s disk usage. Here’s how.
When Chrome updates itself, it doesn’t always delete the previous version(s). If you have a 3 TB HDD, that doesn’t matter much, but if you have an SSD, it sure does.
Go to your Start button and navigate to your Chrome icon. Right-click on it and select Properties. Note where Chrome is installed, then open that directory in Explorer. (Since Chrome ends up in a different location in every version of Windows, and I don’t have every version of Windows, I can’t just tell you a directory to go to.)
You’ll probably see more than one version of Chrome in that directory. Launch Chrome, then go to the tool menu and select “About” to verify the version you’re actually running. Then go back to your Explorer window and delete whatever other version(s) are there that you aren’t running.
Each old, dated version of Chrome that’s hanging around occupies about 140 MB of space, at least on my system. That’s non-trivial, especially on my now-small SSD, which makes it necessary for me to save all the disk space I can. Was it really 10 years ago that operating systems were smaller than that? Even the bloated ones?
There’s only supposed to be one older version in that directory. If you see multiples, delete all but the two most recent ones.
Keeping the previous version around helps in case of bugs that force you to revert to a previous version. But if you’ve been running the current version a while and haven’t noticed any problems, it’s perfectly safe to ditch even that most recent previous version to free up some space. If you’re in a bind, that 140 megs can make a difference.