How to Make Disk Space on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you running out of disk space on your Mac? Don’t worry, there are several ways to free up space and optimize your storage. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making disk space on your Mac, step by step.

1. Delete Unnecessary Files

The first step to reclaiming disk space is to identify and delete unnecessary files. Start by going through your Downloads folder and delete any files that you no longer need.

You can do this by simply dragging them to the Trash or using the Cmd + Delete shortcut.

Next, go through your Documents folder and remove any old or duplicate files. Be sure to check subfolders as well. Remember, deleting files from your Mac will move them to the Trash, so don’t forget to empty it afterwards.

2. Clear Cache and Temporary Files

Your Mac stores various temporary files and caches that can take up a significant amount of space over time.

To clear these files, open Finder, press Cmd + Shift + G, and enter “~/Library/Caches” in the popup window.

Once inside the Caches folder, select all the files and folders and move them to the Trash. Remember, deleting cache files can temporarily slow down some applications while they rebuild their caches.

3. Remove Language Files

If you only use one language on your Mac, you can free up some additional space by removing unnecessary language files. Open Finder again, press Cmd + Shift + G, and enter “/Applications” in the popup window.

In the Applications folder, right-click on an application that you rarely use or don’t need multi-language support for, select “Show Package Contents,” and navigate to the “Contents” folder.

Look for a folder named “Resources” or “Resources.localized.” Inside this folder, you will find various language files. Delete the language files that you don’t need.

4. Manage Mail Attachments

If you use the Mail app, attachments can quickly consume a significant amount of disk space.

To manage your mail attachments, open Mail and go to the “Mailbox” menu. Select “Erase Deleted Items” to permanently remove attachments from deleted emails.

You can also optimize storage by enabling the “Download Attachments” option in Mail Preferences. This will allow you to download attachments only when you need them.

5. Utilize iCloud Storage

If you have limited local storage on your Mac, you can take advantage of iCloud storage to free up disk space. Move files and folders that you rarely access to iCloud Drive by dragging them into the iCloud Drive folder in Finder.

6. Uninstall Unused Applications

Over time, we tend to accumulate applications that we no longer use.

Uninstalling these unused applications can help free up valuable disk space on your Mac.

To uninstall applications, go to the “Applications” folder in Finder and drag any unwanted applications into the Trash. Remember, some applications might leave behind associated files even after being moved to Trash. In such cases, use a third-party uninstaller application like AppCleaner to completely remove all traces of the application.

7. Empty Trash Regularly

Finally, remember to empty your Trash regularly to permanently delete all the files that are taking up space on your Mac’s hard drive.

To empty Trash, right-click on the Trash icon in your Dock and select “Empty Trash.” Alternatively, you can press Cmd + Shift + Delete to instantly empty your Trash.

By following these steps, you can effectively make disk space on your Mac and optimize storage. Regularly performing these maintenance tasks will help keep your Mac running smoothly and efficiently.

Remember, it’s essential to regularly back up your important files before making any significant changes to your storage. This way, you can ensure that your data is safe even if something goes wrong during the process.

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