How to Empty Disk on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

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

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of emptying your disk on a Mac. Follow these steps to reclaim valuable storage and optimize your system’s performance.

Step 1: Identify What’s Taking Up Space

Before you start deleting files, it’s important to understand what is consuming the most space on your Mac. To do this, follow these steps:

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

This will give you an overview of what types of files are taking up space on your Mac, such as applications, documents, photos, and more.

Step 2: Uninstall Unnecessary Applications

If you find that applications are taking up a significant amount of space, it’s time to clean house. Follow these steps to uninstall unnecessary applications:

  1. Navigate to your “Applications” folder, which can be found in Finder or accessed through the Dock.
  2. Select the application you want to uninstall.
  3. Drag and drop it into the Trash bin.

Remember to empty the Trash bin afterward by right-clicking on it and selecting “Empty Trash.”

Step 3: Delete Large Files and Folders

If you have large files or folders that are taking up unnecessary space, it’s time to bid them farewell. Here’s how:

  1. Open a new Finder window.
  2. Click on “All My Files” in the sidebar.
  3. Sort the files by size by clicking on the “Size” column.
  4. Select the large files or folders you want to delete.
  5. Drag and drop them into the Trash bin.

Again, remember to empty the Trash bin to permanently delete these files.

Step 4: Clear Downloads and Temporary Files

Your Downloads folder and temporary files can also accumulate over time, taking up precious disk space. Follow these steps to clear them:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Navigate to your Downloads folder, which can be found in the sidebar or accessed through Finder’s “Go” menu.
  3. Select all files and folders in the Downloads folder.
  4. Right-click on your selection, or use two fingers to click on a trackpad.
    • If you want to keep specific files, skip this step for those particular items.
      • To select multiple individual items, hold down the Command key while clicking on each one.

In addition to clearing your Downloads folder, it’s a good idea to remove temporary files by using specialized cleaning software like CCleaner or CleanMyMac X.

Step 5: Optimize Storage

If you have macOS Sierra or later, you can take advantage of the built-in “Optimize Storage” feature. This feature allows your Mac to automatically remove files that are stored in iCloud and not frequently accessed. Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Click on the Apple menu.
  2. Select “About This Mac. “
  3. In the new window, click on “Storage.

  4. Click on “Manage. “
  5. Click on “Optimize” next to “Store in iCloud”.

Enabling this feature will help you save space by keeping less-used files in iCloud.


By following these steps, you can effectively empty your disk on a Mac and reclaim valuable storage space. Remember to regularly monitor your disk usage and remove unnecessary files to keep your system running smoothly. Enjoy your optimized Mac experience!

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