How to Clear Your Cache on a Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Have you noticed that your Mac is running slower than usual? This could be due to a buildup of cached files.

Clearing your cache can help improve performance and free up valuable storage space. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of clearing your cache on a Mac.

Step 1: Clearing Browser Cache

If you are experiencing slow browsing speed or encountering website loading issues, clearing your browser cache can often solve the problem. Here’s how:


  1. Open Safari and click on the Safari tab in the menu bar.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. In the Preferences window, click on the Advanced tab.
  4. In the Advanced tab, check the box next to “Show Develop menu in menu bar”.
  5. Now, go back to the menu bar and click on the newly added Develop tab.
  6. Select Empty Caches.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click on the three vertical dots to open the Chrome menu.
  3. Select More Tools, then choose Clear browsing data..
    • Note: You can also use a keyboard shortcut by pressing Shift+Command+Delete (Mac) or Shift+Control+Delete (Windows).

Step 2: Clearing System Cache

In addition to browser cache, your Mac also stores system cache files. Clearing these files can help improve overall system performance. Follow these steps:

Using Terminal:

  1. Open Terminal by searching for it in Spotlight or navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
    • Note: You will be prompted to enter your administrator password.

Using CleanMyMac:

  1. Download and install CleanMyMac from the official website.
  2. Launch CleanMyMac and click on the System Junk tab.
  3. Select the items you want to remove (e.g., cache files, logs, etc.).
  4. Click on the Clean button to clear the selected items.

Congratulations! You have successfully cleared your cache on a Mac. By regularly performing this maintenance task, you can keep your Mac running smoothly and efficiently.

Note: Clearing your cache will remove temporary files and data stored by websites and applications. While this can help improve performance, it may also log you out of websites and delete certain preferences. Make sure to save any important data before clearing your cache.

If you found this tutorial helpful, feel free to share it with others who might benefit from it. Happy Mac cleaning!

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