How to See Mac Storage

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to see the storage on your Mac. It is important to regularly check your storage as it can affect the performance of your Mac and also help you manage your files efficiently.

Checking Mac Storage

To see the storage on your Mac, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Apple Menu

To begin, click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Select ‘About This Mac’

In the dropdown menu, select ‘About This Mac’ option. This will open a new window with more information about your Mac.

Step 3: Open ‘Storage’ Tab

In the new window, click on the ‘Storage’ tab. This tab provides an overview of your storage usage and displays different categories of files.

Understanding Storage Categories

The ‘Storage’ tab categorizes your files into various sections:

  • System: This section includes macOS files and system resources.
  • Apps: Here, you can find all the applications installed on your Mac.
  • Documents: This category includes documents such as presentations, spreadsheets, and word files.
  • iOS Files: If you have synced any iOS devices with your Mac, this section will display iOS backups and other related files.
  • Other Volumes in Container: If you have multiple volumes or partitions on your Mac, this section will show their storage usage.

You can also hover over each category to view more detailed information about the files within that category.

Managing Storage

If you find that your storage is running low, don’t worry! There are several ways to manage your storage:

  • Delete Unnecessary Files: Go through your files and delete any unnecessary documents, applications, or media files.
  • Move Files to External Storage: Transfer large files or media collections to an external hard drive or cloud storage.
  • Optimize Storage: Enable the ‘Optimize Storage’ option to automatically remove TV shows and movies you’ve already watched and keep only recent email attachments on your Mac.
  • Empty Trash Regularly: Remember to empty the Trash on your Mac as deleted files still occupy space until the Trash is emptied.

By following these steps and effectively managing your storage, you can keep your Mac running smoothly and ensure you have ample space for new files and applications.

Remember to periodically check your storage usage to avoid running out of disk space. With a little organization and regular maintenance, you can optimize your Mac’s performance and keep it clutter-free!

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