How to Clean Disk Space on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you running out of disk space on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to clean up disk space on your Mac and reclaim valuable storage. So let’s dive in!

Empty the Trash

The first step in freeing up disk space on your Mac is to empty the Trash. When you delete files, they are moved to the Trash, which still occupies storage on your hard drive.

To empty the Trash, simply right-click on the Trash icon in the dock and select “Empty Trash.” You can also press Command + Shift + Delete to achieve the same result.

Delete Unnecessary Files

Next, let’s identify and delete unnecessary files that are taking up space on your Mac. Here are a few areas where you can find such files:


  • If you have already transferred music or videos to other devices, consider deleting them from iTunes.
  • Delete any old podcasts or TV shows that you no longer need.
  • Remove duplicate songs or albums that might be taking up extra space.

Downloads Folder

  • Your Downloads folder can quickly accumulate a lot of files that you no longer need. Sort through it and delete anything that is no longer necessary.
  • If there are any large files that you want to keep but don’t need immediately, consider transferring them to an external storage device.

Mail Attachments

  • Email attachments can consume a significant amount of disk space. Open Mail and search for large attachments using the search bar. Delete any attachments that you no longer need.


  • Review the applications installed on your Mac and uninstall any that you no longer use or need. To do this, go to the Applications folder and drag unwanted applications to the Trash.
  • Remember to empty the Trash after uninstalling applications to permanently remove them from your Mac.

Clean up System Storage

Your Mac has a built-in tool called “Optimize Storage” that helps you clean up system storage. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select About This Mac.
  2. In the new window, click on the Storage tab.
  3. Click on “Manage. “
  4. A list of recommendations will appear.

    Review each recommendation and select the ones that make sense for you.

  5. Click on “Optimize. “

Clean Temporary Files with Third-Party Apps

If you still need more space after following the previous steps, consider using third-party apps specifically designed to clean temporary files and other junk data from your Mac. Some popular options include CleanMyMac, DaisyDisk, and CCleaner.

Note: When using third-party apps, always download them from trusted sources and read reviews before installing them on your Mac.

In Conclusion

Cleaning up disk space on your Mac is essential for maintaining optimal performance. By following these steps, you can free up valuable storage and keep your Mac running smoothly. Remember to regularly perform these cleanup tasks to prevent disk space from becoming an issue in the future.

So go ahead, clean up your Mac, and enjoy the extra disk space!

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