How to Delete Storage on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you running out of storage space on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deleting storage on your Mac. By following these steps, you can free up valuable space and optimize the performance of your beloved device.

Check Storage Usage

Before diving into the deletion process, it’s essential to analyze your storage usage. To do this:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Select “About This Mac” from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 3: In the pop-up window, click on the “Storage” tab.

This will give you a detailed overview of how much space each category is occupying on your Mac’s storage.

Delete Unwanted Applications

If you have applications that you no longer use or need, removing them can help free up significant amounts of storage space. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the dock.
  • Step 2: In the left sidebar, select “Applications.”
  • Step 3: Locate the application(s) you want to delete and drag them to the Trash bin icon in the dock.

Please note that some applications may require authentication before deletion. Also, remember to empty your Trash bin afterward to completely remove them from your Mac’s storage.

Clean Up Downloads Folder

The Downloads folder can quickly accumulate files that you no longer need, taking up valuable space on your Mac. Follow these steps to clean it up:

  • Step 1: Open Finder.
  • Step 2: In the left sidebar, select “Downloads.”
  • Step 3: Review the files in the folder and select those you want to delete.
  • Step 4: Drag the selected files to the Trash bin icon in the dock.

Remember to empty your Trash bin once again to permanently remove these files.

Delete Large Files

If you have large files that are taking up significant space on your Mac, it’s time to bid them farewell. Here’s how to identify and delete them:

  • Step 1: Open Finder.
  • Step 2: In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “File” and select “Find” or use the shortcut Command + F.
  • Step 3: In the search window, change “Kind” to “File Size.”
  • Step 4: Set a file size criterion (e.g., larger than 1GB) and click on “Search.”

This will generate a list of large files on your Mac. Review the results and delete any files that you no longer need or can be stored elsewhere.

Clean Up System Junk

Your Mac accumulates temporary system files over time, which can consume a significant amount of storage space. To clean up this system junk:

  • Step 1: Open Finder.
  • Step 2: In the menu bar, click on “Go” and select “Go to Folder” or use the shortcut Command + Shift + G.
  • Step 3: In the pop-up window, type “~/Library” (without quotes) and press Enter.
  • Step 4: Locate and open the “Caches” folder.
  • Step 5: Review the files in the folder and delete those you no longer need. Be cautious not to remove any critical system files.

To ensure a thorough clean-up, you can repeat these steps for other folders like “~/Library/Application Support” and “~/Library/Logs.”

The Final Step: Empty Trash

To permanently delete all the files that you have moved to your Trash bin during this process, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Right-click on the Trash bin icon in your dock.
  • Step 2: Select “Empty Trash.”

This will free up your Mac’s storage by removing all the deleted files completely.

In Conclusion

Cleaning up your Mac’s storage is essential for maintaining its performance and ensuring you have enough space for new files. By following these steps and periodically optimizing your storage, you can keep your Mac running smoothly without worrying about limited disk space.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. Happy cleaning!

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