Asya Karapetyan
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If your MacBook’s performance is becoming slower with time or there is low free space on your disk, then you may need to clear cache files. It will free up your MacBook disk space and help to speed up your system. In this article, you’ll get to know what cache is, how to clear cache on a MacBook Air (or MacBook Pro), and what is the best way to do that.


1. What is cache
2. How to clear browser cache on a MacBook
3. How to clear iTunes cache on MacBook
4. How to manually clear system cache on MacBook
5. How to quickly clear any cache and cookies on MacBook

Watch the video to see how easy it is to clear Cache files on a Mac with MacCleaner Pro.

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What is cache

Cache files are a kind of temporary files, that are stored on a computer’s disk space and reused when needed to provide a faster and more efficient performance of the system.

Usually, cache files take up a small amount of space, but altogether they could require hundreds of megabytes. What’s more, after some time, cache may become corrupted and affect the stability of the software. That’s why it is better to clear data, which is cached on your MacBook Air, from time to time.

There are different categories of cache files:

  • browser cache
  • system cache
  • user cache

For instance, when you visit a website, the multimedia content is being stored automatically on your MaсBook. Consequently, the next time you visit this website, the cached content is re-used for faster performance. A similar process occurs when you use software on macOS. Some supporting files are stored on the disk and re-used to provide proper function for a Mac.

Once again, cache files are helpful temporary files but over time they may take up too much space on your MacBook Disk. So, you should clear the cache on a MacBook Air periodically and there are two options to do so: manually and via special Mac cleaning software.

How to clear browser cache on a MacBook

Depending on how actively you use your browser, you can clear hundreds of megabytes of time-expired cache files on your MacBook Air. Follow the instructions below to clear browser cache on MacBook.

Clear Safari cache on MacBook

If you use the official Mac web browser – Safari, complete the next steps to clear caches:

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Select Preferences in the Safari menu .
  3. In the Advanced section check Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. Click on Develop in the menu bar and select Empty Caches.
  5. Close the Safari browser to finish the cache clearing.
option to clear cache in Safari menu

Clear Chrome cache on MacBook

If you use one of the most popular browsers, Chrome, follow the next steps to clear caches:

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. In the Chrome menu select Preferences.
  3. Scroll down and click Advanced.
  4. At the end of the list of Privacy and Security section click on Clear browsing data.
  5. Check Cached images and files, choose Time range and click on the Clear Data button.

Chrome setting window for clearing browsing data

Clear Firefox cache on MacBook

If you use the next most popular search engine, the Firefox browser, take these steps to clear caches:

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Select Preferences in the Firefox menu.
  3. Choose the Privacy & Security section.
  4. In the Cookies and Site Data part, click on the Clear Data button to clear cache.

Clear Data window in Firefox settings
If you use another web browser, surf the net and you will easily find instructions on how you can clean up caches of the major browsers, or continue reading to learn how to delete cache of any application or browser in just two clicks.

How to clear iTunes cache on MacBook

If you have noticed decreased performance in iTunes, here is how to clear iTunes’ cache:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select Preferences in the apps menu.
  3. Switch to the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset Cache and click OK.

iTunes Preferences window - advanced tab

How to manually clear system and user caches on MacBook

The next categories of cache files are the system cache and user cache. They are related to the daily operations of your macOS. These cache files are kept in the Cache folder in the Library. Over time they can take up a large amount of space on your MacBook disk.

Steps to clear cache files on your MacBook Air:

  1. Terminate the work of all applications.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Click Go in the Finders menu and select Go to Folder.
  4. Type ~/Library/Caches in the window currently displayed and click Go.
  5. Find the Cache folder of a specific app, select items in the folder and move them to Trash.
    It is better to remove cache files in each folder, instead of the cache folders themselves, to avoid any errors. So, if you want to remove all cache files, you have to remove items in folders one by one.

iTunes cache files in Finder

How to quickly clear any cache and cookies on MacBook

If you are looking for the fastest and safest way to delete cache and other junk on MacBook Air, try the MacBook cleaning utility from Nektony – MacCleaner Pro.

MacCleaner Pro is an easy cache cleaner. The app allows you to complete a MacBook cache reset with just a few clicks. Besides caches, it allows you to clean up your Mac from all other types of junk files, such as language resources, logs, downloads, installation files, screenshots and other unnecessary items. MacCleaner Pro also helps to speed up Mac and easily manage disk space.

Steps to clear cache with the MacBook cleanup utility:

  1. Launch MacCleaner Pro.
  2. Go to the Clean up Mac section.
  3. Select the Cache files category for clean up.
  4. Click the Clean Up button to clear cache on MacBook Air.
  5. Confirm the removal of selected cache files.

MacCleaner Pro window showing Caches cleanup option
If you wish to clear the cache for a specific web browser, click on the Cache category. You will see the list of cache files in more detail. Select which cache files you want to remove and click to remove them.
MacCleaner Pro window with clean up Mac option highlighted
As you can see, it takes just a few minutes to remove caches with the MacCleaner Pro. You can download a free trial of the MacCleaner Pro application from the official website, or purchase it right now.

To sum up the provided ways of cache clearing

Now you know how to clean MacBook Air from cache files. Please, note that you should be careful when deleting cache files on MacBook manually. Also, the manual cache clearing of each app will take a significant amount of time.
Alternatively, a quick and safe way to clear the cache is to use MacCleaner Pro. Due to its simple usability, user-friendly interface and prompt work, it is the best Mac cleaning software among other applications for MacBook disk cleanup.

This article is based on our expertise in understanding the file system of macOS and cache clearing. We’ve been working 10+ years in developing special disk cleanup utilities for a Mac. We regularly update our apps and the articles according to the changes in the macOS system. For any related questions, contact us by email.

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