How to Delete Application Caches on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you experiencing slow performance on your Mac? One possible culprit could be application caches.

Application caches are temporary files stored by applications to help them load faster and provide a smoother user experience. However, over time, these caches can accumulate and take up valuable disk space. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deleting application caches on your Mac.

Step 1: Identify the Applications with Caches

Before you start deleting application caches, it’s important to know which applications have caches stored on your Mac. To do this:

  1. Launch Finder by clicking on its icon in the Dock.

  2. Go to the “Applications” folder located in the sidebar of Finder.

  3. Select an application for which you want to delete the cache.

  4. Right-click on the selected application and choose “Show Package Contents” from the context menu.

  5. A new Finder window will open.

    Look for a folder named “Cache” or “Caches“. If you find either of these folders, it means that the application has caches stored on your Mac.


If you don’t find a “Cache” or “Caches” folder within an application’s package contents, it means that particular application does not store caches on your Mac. You can move on to identify other applications with caches.

Step 2: Clearing Application Caches

Now that you have identified the applications with caches, it’s time to delete them. Follow these steps:

  1. Quit the application for which you want to delete the cache.

  2. Open Finder and go to the “Go” menu located in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

  3. In the drop-down menu, press and hold the “Option” key on your keyboard. This will reveal a hidden option called “Library“.

    Click on it.

  4. A Finder window will open with the “Library” folder selected. Navigate to “Caches” folder within it.

  5. Search for a folder that matches the name of the application for which you want to delete the cache. For example, if you want to delete cache for Google Chrome, look for a folder named “”.

  6. Select and delete the matching folder(s) to remove application caches from your Mac.


Deleting an application’s cache will not cause any loss of data or affect its functionality. However, it may take slightly longer for certain applications to launch as they rebuild their caches.

Step 3: Repeat for Other Applications (Optional)

If you have identified multiple applications with caches, repeat Step 2 for each of them until you have cleared all unwanted application caches from your Mac.

Congratulations! You have successfully deleted application caches on your Mac.

This should help improve the overall performance of your system. Remember to periodically check for and clear application caches to keep your Mac running smoothly.

Thank you for reading this tutorial. We hope you found it helpful!

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