How to Access Other Storage on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you running out of storage space on your Mac? Do you want to access and manage the “Other” category that takes up a significant amount of your disk space?

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to access and understand the “Other” storage on your Mac. Let’s get started!

What is “Other” Storage?

When you check the storage information on your Mac, you might notice a category called “Other” that consumes a significant amount of disk space. But what exactly does it include? The “Other” category typically consists of various file types such as:

  • Cache files: Temporary files stored by applications to improve performance.
  • System files: Essential macOS system files and data.
  • Documents: Files that don’t fit into any specific category like presentations, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Plugins and extensions: Additional software components that extend the functionality of applications.
  • Fonts: Different font styles installed on your Mac.

Step-by-Step Guide to Access Other Storage

Step 1: Open About This Mac

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “About This Mac“.

About This Mac

Step 2: Access Storage Management

In the window that appears, click on the “Storage” tab. Here, you will find detailed information about your storage usage.

Storage Management

Step 3: Analyze Storage

Click on the “Manage..” button to open the Storage Management tool.

Manage Button

The Storage Management tool provides a visual representation of your disk space usage. It categorizes your files into different sections, including “Applications,” “Documents,” “Photos,” and more.

Step 4: Identify the “Other” Category

In the Storage Management tool, locate the “Other” category. It is represented by a purple color and can be found at the bottom of the list.

Other Category

Step 5: Manage “Other” Storage

To manage the files within the “Other” category, click on “Show in Finder“. This will open a new window displaying all the files contributing to this storage category.

Show in Finder

From here, you can review and delete unnecessary files to free up disk space. Be cautious while deleting files as some may be important system files required for macOS to function properly.

Tips to Reduce “Other” Storage Size

  • Clean up cache: Use utility applications or manually delete temporary cache files from specific applications.
  • Remove unused plugins and extensions: Uninstall unnecessary plugins and extensions from web browsers or applications that you no longer use.
  • Delete duplicate files: Use third-party software or manually search for duplicate files and remove them to save space.
  • Clear out old downloads: Remove outdated and unnecessary files from your Downloads folder.
  • Manage large files: Identify and delete large files that you no longer need.

By following these tips, you can effectively reduce the size of the “Other” storage category on your Mac.

Now that you know how to access and manage the “Other” storage on your Mac, you can keep your disk space organized and optimized. Remember to regularly monitor your storage usage to prevent any future space constraints.

We hope this tutorial was helpful. Happy cleaning!

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