When you have no free space on your MacBook hard drive, your system may start running slow. You need to periodically clean up your Mac computer from unneeded stuff and junk files to keep its speed like a brand new and “just out of the box.” In our previous blog post, we gave seven reasons why you are losing MacBook storage space. In this article, we will share some tips on how to clean up your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air startup disk.
How to check your MacBook’s storage space?
To find out what is taking space on your MacBook (macOS Monterey or earlier), do the following:
- Go to the Apple menu.
- Select About this Mac.
- Switch to the Storage tab.
Here you will see what kind of files occupy the disk memory: applications, photos, audio files, movies, mails, documents and other files. In the screenshot below, you can see that over 45GB of space is occupied by “Other.” Learn what is “Other” on Mac and how to delete “Other storage”.If you have macOS Ventura, here is how to view your Mac storage usage:
- Open System Settings and go to the General section.
- Click Storage in the right panel.
- On the top of the window, you will see what’s taking space on your Mac.
How to clean up a MacBook Pro
Follow these tips to free up disk space on your MacBook:
1. Clear Caches
Depending on the computer, caches can occupy anything from a couple of gigabytes to 10 or even 20 gigabytes. Clear cache files on your MacBook will make you some extra storage space. There are two ways to clear caches on you machine.
The manual way of clearing cache on a Mac
- Open the Finder.
- Press Cmd+Shift+G and type ~/Library in the search field to go to the Library folder.
- Find the Caches folder.
The quick way to clear cache on a Mac
There is a quicker and easier way to get rid of caches and free up Mac computer storage. You can use App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which allows you to remove the service files of apps, find leftovers of already removed apps, remove login items, launch agents, installations, screensavers, and other extension files. Just launch the applications → select caches and other service files for the needed apps and click the Remove button.
2. Clean the Downloads folder
Some users even don’t realize what a large number of disk image files and other useless items they store in the Downloads folder. Disk images are needed only for installing programs, and then they simply take up space on your disk. To get rid of disk images once and for all and make room in your storage, do the following:
- Open the Finder.
- Go to the Downloads folder.
- Type in the search field disk image.
- Remove all .dmg and .iso files that eat up space on your MacBook hard drive.
The quick way to find and remove installation files
By the way, App Cleaner & Uninstaller also allows you to easily find all Mac installation files, which you don’t need anymore. For this, go to the Extensions tab in the app → select files in the Installation section, and remove them.
3. Remove old backups of devices in iTunes
Okay, what else? If there are copies of devices in iTunes amounting to 3-4 gigabytes and sometimes as much as 30-40 gigabytes. Open iTunes → go to its Menu Bar → select iTunes → click Preferences → switch to the Devices section and remove the clutter from there. Now it’s all in iCloud!
4. Uninstall unused applications
When thinking about how to clean disk space on your MacBook, very likely, you have numerous apps you don’t use. By deleting unneeded old apps, you can free up huge space on your disk. Review your Applications folder and uninstall the unused applications. Again, you can easily do it with App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which allows you to view a list of installed apps sorted by size, and remove programs with a safe and complete cleanup. All you need to do is to tick the checkbox by the app and click to remove it.
5. Reduce the number of startup items
When you have a big number of apps that run automatically when your MacBook starts up, this may make your system run slowly. All utilities on a Mac have their own processes running in the background: scanners, monitors, synchronization services, update checking services and so on. These background processes are the reasons why your MacBook is so slow. We recommend that you preview them and disable the ones you don’t need. It will help you make your MacBook Pro run faster.
To clear the Startup list, follow these steps:
- Go to System Preferences → Users and Groups → Select your account.
- Switch to the Login Items tab.
- Here, you can choose only those applications that are necessary to be launched after you start the system.
The quick way to remove startup programs
App Cleaner & Uninstaller will help you to disable or remove startup programs more easily. Go to the Startup Programs tab and disable unneeded launch agents and login items with the switch button.
6. Clean up your MacBook desktop
Some users prefer to keep the files on a desktop for reasons of convenience. Well, in this case, the system has to handle all of these connections, so it may have an adverse effect on the performance of your MacBook. Therefore, remove all unused icons and move files to the appropriate folders.
So what is the best way to clean up a MacBook?
We have given you short easy tips which will help you to clear up space on your MacBook Pro or Air, and make macOS to run faster.
You can clean MacBook Pro’s hard drive manually. But the best way to clean up MacBook Pro is to use a free application App Cleaner & Uninstaller. Download it for free and enjoy the best Mac cleaner in town.
Frequently asked questions about cleaning up a MacBook
How do I clean my MacBook Pro for free?
You can use a free program App Cleaner & Uninstaller to clean your MacBook from unneeded apps, cache, logs, startup programs, Internet plugins, screen savers and other service files and extensions. App Cleaner & Uninstaller will help you to free up much space on your MacBook’s drive.
How do I free up disk space on my MacBook Pro?
To free up disk space on MacBook Pro, use App Cleaner & Uninstaller:
- Launch the application.
- Find unneeded apps and click to uninstall them.
- Select service files of apps (cache, logs, preferences and other service files) and click to remove them.
- Switch to the Remaining Files tab and remove leftovers of previously deleted apps.
- Switch to the Extensions section and remove unneeded extensions.
Can you add storage to a MacBook Pro?
The current Macbook Pros do not allow you to upgrade the storage space. You should use external hard drives or cloud storages. Also, we recommend cleaning your MacBook Pro from unneeded junk files to increase the storage. You can use a free program App Cleaner & Uninstaller for this task.
Is 128 GB MacBook Pro enough?
A 128 GB storage may be enough for most MacBook Pro users. But note, that in this case, you should regularly clear your drive from old unused applications, cache, and other apps’ support files. You should also use external storages for large documents in order to keep your MacBook clean and ensure a good MacBook performance. You can use App Cleaner & Uninstaller to clear MacBook from unneeded junk.