How to Clear Mac Disk Space

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find your Mac running out of disk space? Running low on storage can significantly affect the performance of your computer.

But don’t worry, in this article, we will guide you through the process of clearing up disk space on your Mac. By following these simple steps, you can reclaim valuable storage and optimize the performance of your machine.

1. Empty the Trash

If you haven’t done so already, start by emptying the Trash on your Mac.

When you delete files and folders, they are moved to the Trash folder, which still takes up disk space. To empty the Trash:

  • Step 1: Click on the Trash icon in your Dock.
  • Step 2: In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click Finder.
  • Step 3: Select Empty Trash.

2. Uninstall Unnecessary Applications

Your Mac may have accumulated various applications over time that you no longer use.

These applications take up valuable disk space and can be uninstalled to free it up.

  • Step 1: Open Finder.
  • Step 2: In the menu bar, click on Applications.
  • Step 3: Locate an application you want to uninstall and drag it to the Trash bin icon in your Dock.
  • Note:
    Some applications may require additional steps for complete uninstallation. Refer to their documentation or visit their official website for instructions.

3. Delete Large and Unnecessary Files

Identifying and removing large files that you no longer need is an effective way to free up disk space.

  • Step 2: In the menu bar, click on All My Files.
  • Step 3: In the search bar, enter a size limit (e.g., “>500 MB” to find files larger than 500 megabytes).
  • Step 4: Review the search results and delete unnecessary large files by dragging them to the Trash bin.
  • 4. Optimize Storage

    The Optimize Storage feature in macOS can automate the process of clearing disk space by storing older files in iCloud and only keeping recent files on your Mac.

    • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select About This Mac.
    • Step 2: In the window that appears, click on the Storage tab.
    • Step 3: Click on the “Manage..” button.
    • Step 4: Enable the options like “Store in iCloud” or “Optimize Storage” based on your preferences.

    5. Clean up System Junk

    Your Mac accumulates various system junk over time, including cache files, log files, and temporary files. Cleaning up these files can help reclaim disk space.

    • Step 1: Download and install a reliable cleaning tool like CleanMyMac or CCleaner.
    • Step 2: Launch the cleaning tool and follow the instructions to scan and remove system junk.

    6. Move Files to External Storage

    If you have large files that you don’t need immediate access to, consider moving them to external storage like an external hard drive or cloud storage services.

    By following these steps, you can efficiently clear up disk space on your Mac and ensure optimal performance. Regularly maintaining your storage will prevent your Mac from becoming cluttered and sluggish. Enjoy your newly optimized machine!

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