How to Clear Up Disk Space on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In today’s digital age, disk space is a precious commodity. With the increasing amount of files, photos, and applications we accumulate on our Macs, it’s no wonder that our disk space can quickly become cluttered and filled to the brim.

But fear not! In this tutorial, we will guide you through some effective methods to clear up disk space on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Empty the Trash

One of the simplest yet often overlooked ways to free up disk space is by emptying the trash. When you delete files on your Mac, they are moved to the trash bin.

However, until you empty the trash, these files still occupy valuable disk space. To do this:

  1. Click on the trash bin icon located in your dock.
  2. Right-click within the trash bin window and select “Empty Trash” from the drop-down menu.

Remove Unwanted Applications

If you have applications installed on your Mac that you no longer use or need, uninstalling them can help free up significant amounts of disk space. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the “Finder” icon in your dock.
  2. Navigate to “Applications”.
  3. Select the application(s) you want to remove.
  4. Right-click and choose “Move to Trash”.
  5. Empty the trash, as mentioned earlier.

Clean Up Downloads Folder

The Downloads folder is often a breeding ground for unnecessary files that can quickly consume disk space. Here’s how to clean it up:

  1. Open a Finder window.
  2. Navigate to your “Downloads” folder (usually located in your dock).
  3. Sort files by date or file size to identify the largest or oldest files.
  4. Select the files you want to delete.

Delete Language Files

Your Mac contains language files for various languages that you may not use. Deleting these language files can free up a significant amount of disk space. Here’s how:

  1. Open Terminal, located in the Utilities folder within Applications.
  2. Type the following command: sudo find / -name "*.lproj" -exec rm -rf {} \;
  3. Press Enter.
    • This command will search for all language files and delete them from your system, so be careful when executing it.

Clear Browser Cache and Temporary Files

Browsers store temporary internet files, cookies, and caches that can accumulate over time. Clearing these files can help reclaim disk space. Here’s how to do it in Safari:

  1. In Safari, click on the “Safari” menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
    • If you are using a different browser, refer to their specific instructions.
  2. Select “Preferences”.
  3. Go to the “Privacy” tab.
  4. Click on “Manage Website Data”.
  5. Select the websites you want to remove cached data for, or click “Remove All” to clear everything.
  6. Click on “Done”.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned some effective methods to clear up disk space on your Mac.

By regularly implementing these techniques, you can ensure that your Mac runs smoothly and efficiently. Remember, maintaining ample disk space is essential for optimal performance. Happy cleaning!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out. Stay tuned for more useful tutorials!

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