How to Clear Your Disk on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Is your Mac running out of storage space? Don’t worry, clearing up disk space on your Mac is easier than you think. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to free up space and optimize your Mac’s performance.

Step 1: Uninstall Unnecessary Applications

If you have applications on your Mac that you no longer use, it’s time to bid them farewell. To uninstall an application:

  • Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Select “System Preferences”.
  • Choose “Storage”.
  • Click on “Manage” next to “Storage”.
  • Select the application you wish to remove.
  • Click on the “-” button and confirm the uninstallation.

Step 2: Clear Cache and Temporary Files

Your Mac accumulates cache and temporary files over time, which can take up a significant amount of disk space. To clear these files:

  • Navigate to Finder.
  • Select “Go” from the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  • Select “Go to Folder” from the dropdown menu.
  • In the dialog box, type “/Library/Caches/” and press Enter.
  • Delete all files and folders in this directory that are safe to remove.

Step 3: Remove Large Files and Folders

Identify large files and folders that are taking up unnecessary space on your disk:

  • Open a new Finder window.
  • Select “Go” from the menu bar.
  • Select “Go to Folder”.
  • In the dialog box, type “/Users/YourUsername/Downloads/” and press Enter.
  • Delete any large files or folders that you no longer need.

Step 4: Empty Trash Bin

When you delete files on your Mac, they are moved to the Trash Bin. However, they still occupy disk space until you empty the Trash Bin. To do this:

  • Right-click on the Trash Bin icon on your Dock.
  • Select “Empty Trash”.
  • Confirm by clicking “Empty Trash” again in the dialog box.

Step 5: Use Storage Optimization Features in macOS Sierra or Later Versions (Optional)

If you’re using macOS Sierra or a later version, you can take advantage of built-in storage optimization features:

Purgeable Space:

In macOS Sierra and later versions, your Mac automatically removes certain items that are stored in iCloud when your disk space is running low. These items can be downloaded again whenever needed.

iCloud Photo Library:

You can enable the iCloud Photo Library feature to store your photos and videos in the cloud, freeing up space on your Mac.

Optimize Storage:

By enabling this option, your Mac will automatically remove movies and TV shows that you have already watched from iTunes, saving disk space.

By following these steps, you can easily clear your disk on Mac and free up valuable space. Remember to regularly perform these actions to keep your Mac running smoothly.

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