How to Delete Cache on Mac
Caches are temporary files stored by various applications on your Mac. They help in speeding up the performance of these apps by allowing quick access to frequently used data.
However, over time, these cache files can accumulate and take up a significant amount of storage space. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to delete cache on your Mac and reclaim valuable disk space.
Clearing Browser Cache
Most browsers store website data in the form of cache files. Clearing this cache can resolve issues like slow loading websites or outdated content. Follow the steps below to clear browser cache on your Mac:
- Open Safari.
- In the menu bar, click Safari > Preferences.
- Go to the Advanced tab.
- Check the box next to Show Develop menu in menu bar.
- In the menu bar, click Develop > Empty Caches.
- Open Chrome.
- In the menu bar, click Chrome > Clear Browsing Data..
- Select the time range you want to delete cached data for.
- Check the box next to Cached images and files.
- Click on the Clear Data button.
- Open Firefox.
- In the menu bar, click History > Clear Recent History.
- Select the time range to clear.
- Check the box next to Cache.
- Click on the Clear Now button.
Clearing System Caches
In addition to browser caches, your Mac also stores various system caches. These caches can include temporary files, logs, and other data generated by the system and applications. Follow these steps to clear system caches:
Using CleanMyMac X:
- Download and install CleanMyMac X from the official website.
- Launch CleanMyMac X.
- In the sidebar, click on the Cleanup tab.
- Select the categories you want to clean (e.g., System Junk, User Cache Files).
- Click on the Clean button to remove the selected cache files.
Manually Clearing Caches:
Note: Manually deleting system caches should be done with caution as deleting essential files can cause issues with your Mac. It is recommended to use a reliable cache cleaning tool like CleanMyMac X or consult an expert before proceeding manually.
- In Finder, press Command + Shift + G.
- Type “~/Library/Caches” in the Go to Folder window and press Enter.
- Delete cache folders for specific apps or remove all contents in this folder for a general cleanup. Make sure not to delete any critical system files.
By following the steps above, you can effectively delete cache on your Mac and improve its performance. Remember to clear caches periodically to prevent unnecessary clutter and free up valuable disk space.