MacBooks still have small hard drives that fill up quickly. Fortunately, there are quick and easy ways to free up hard drive space. Here’s how to clean up your Mac and reclaim some important storage space.
Obviously, you can save drive space by doing a quick search and deleting large files and other things you’ve downloaded, but realistically it will only get you that far again. Most of the wasted space on your Mac will only be recovered if you look a little deeper – clean language files, remove duplicate files, delete attachments, clear temporary files, or get rid of all your trash.
If you fail to keep your Mac clean, you will eventually get an error”The disk is almost fullSo you might want to start now and save some space.
If you get stuck with limited storage space, you’ll need to be proactive. Take a look at these steps you can take (and the subsequent automation) to free up valuable storage space on your Mac.
- 1 1. Empty the trash
- 2 2. Uninstall apps you don’t use
- 3 3. Search and delete large files
- 4 4. Delete iTunes Files and iOS Backup
- 5 5. Take a look at cloud storage apps
- 6 6. Optimize Storage in Photos
- 7 7. Store desktop files and documents in iCloud
- 8 8. Automate tasks with CleanMyMac X and Gemini 2
- 9 Make your daily life on your Mac easier
1. Empty the trash
Did you know that macOS does not automatically delete items from the Trash? There is a possibility that you have a few gigabytes of data that you don’t need right there.
On the Dock, right-click on the icon Trash and select Empty Trash. Once you delete the data, you won’t be able to access it again (although there are specialized data recovery apps on your Mac).
2. Uninstall apps you don’t use
If you’re the type of person who voraciously reads news on tech websites, you might want to try out the new Mac apps just to see what makes them stand out and what they can offer. But it’s easy to forget to delete it when you’re done testing.
Start by evaluating what’s on your device. You’ll need to download an app called AppCleaner (yes, ironically, you need to download an app for this, but trust me, it’s worth it). AppCleaner is the best way to uninstall apps on Mac because it automatically deletes all junk files related to the app.
Open AppCleaner, browse the list, click an app you don’t need, and press the button Remove (Removal).
If you’re using macOS Sierra and later, you’ll be glad to know that macOS has a built-in storage management feature (which we’ll reference several times in this guide).
Click on the Apple icon from the menu bar, and select About This Mac , and go to the section Storage. From here, click onManagement.
You will see a few options. The first action you should take is to turn on the feature that automatically empties the Trash after 30 days.
After that, click the . button Applications. You’ll see a list of all the apps, sorted by the space they take up. Select one or more of the apps that you want to uninstall and tap on “delete.
Application and application data will be sent to Trash. Empty the trash, and so you’ve got a good chunk of space back.
3. Search and delete large files
from the same window Storage management , click optionthe documentsFrom the sidebar. Here you will see a list of all your files, ordered from largest to smallest.
The best way to reclaim a large portion of your storage space is to remove several huge files. It takes a long time to get rid of hundreds of small files. Take a look at the files at the top of the list and see if you can live without them. To delete a file, click on it and press the . button delete.
If you have storage space available in your Dropbox or Google Drive account, you can move the file to cloud storage to free up local storage.
Once you get rid of the large files, it’s time to move around. A folder full of pictures takes up about 1.5 GB which you don’t need anymore like videos, but it’s hard to find.
macOS makes this easier. At the top of the Documents view, you’ll see two more options for sorting between files: Downloads and File Browser.
gives you an oath Downloads Details of files and folders older than three months, six months, or one year. So you can browse through the files you haven’t accessed for a long time, and decide if you want to get rid of them.
is an oath File Browser Basically the Finder view of the Storage Manager tool. You can browse the entire file storage system and find the files or folders you want to delete.
4. Delete iTunes Files and iOS Backup
If you back up your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, the backups may occupy several gigabytes. In the Manage Storage window, click on the iOS Files section. Once you are sure that you want to delete the iOS device backup, click on it and hit the button “delete.
In a similar way, you can delete data from the iTunes app from the iTunes section. Movies, TV shows, and audiobooks will appear here.
5. Take a look at cloud storage apps
If you use the Dropbox or Google Drive app to sync Mac files to the cloud, take a look at what exactly is stored on the cloud, and what’s on your Mac. By default, cloud sync services tend to download all data to your Mac.
If you are using Dropbox, go to Selective Sync. It lets you choose which folders will be downloaded to your Mac’s drive.
go to the
التفضيلات -> المزامنة And click on the Choose folders to sync button. Go to this list and completely remove any folders you don’t need. Remember, you can always access your Dropbox data from the website or mobile app.
6. Optimize Storage in Photos
If you paid for the 50GB or 200GB iCloud Drive tier, consider using the . feature Optimize Storage for the Photos app.
feature works Storage optimization In Photos just as you do on an iPhone. Instead of keeping your entire iCloud Photo Library on the device, you’ll only keep your most recent photos, along with low-resolution thumbnails of older photos.
When needed, the computer will download the photos from iCloud. This little feature can help reduce the size of your photo library from tens of gigabytes to just a few.
Open the Photos app, and go to
التفضيلات -> iCloud -> iCloud Photos , and select Optimize Storage to run it.
7. Store desktop files and documents in iCloud
You feature Store in iCloud Automatically backs up all data from your Desktop and Documents folders, and only stores the most recent files locally. When needed, you can download old files with the push of a button.
Although this feature is neat, it is not the most reliable option. If your important work files are stored in a folder “the documentsWe recommend that you do not use this feature. But for most users, enabling this feature can save a lot of storage space.
To enable it, open the “Screen”Storage management” , and click Store in iCloud From the “Recommendations” section.
8. Automate tasks with CleanMyMac X and Gemini 2
The manual cleaning method is effective (I was able to delete more than 30GB using the steps above), but doing it frequently is very time consuming. And if you’re a Mac user, you may need to do this every month and that can make you forget to do it.
Fortunately, some apps can help simplify some of these steps and automate Mac maintenance. CleanMyMac X is an all-in-one utility to keep your Mac looking its best. This application helps you to delete cache files, temporary files and applications. It has a smart file browser that helps you get rid of old and unused files.
The competitor to CleanMyMac X, Gemini 2, specializes in finding duplicate files. There is a reasonable chance that you have two copies of the same (or three similar) photos, documents or videos. Gemini 2 finds duplicate files on your Mac and helps you get rid of them. Both apps are available as part of Setapp along with other premium Mac apps via a subscription service.
Download: CleanMyMac X ($35 per year | $90 one-time)
Download: Gemini 2 ($20 annually | $45 one-time)
Make your daily life on your Mac easier
Now that you’ve freed up some storage space, you can start using your Mac to get things done. Follow these steps every once in a while and you don’t have to worry about low disk space anymore.
There are a few changes you can make to improve your everyday experience while using your Mac. Learn how to put the Dock on the right edge, use Stacks to organize your desktop, and start using Spaces to make your desktop more organized.