If you check your Mac’s storage usage, you may find that the “Other Storage” takes up too much space on your drive. In this article, we will explain what this ominous storage space is, where it is located, and how to clear “Other” on Mac.
How to check Mac disk space usage
If you want to view storage space usage on your Mac, follow the next steps:
- Click the Apple icon in the menu bar
- Select About this Mac
- Switch to the Storage tab
In our case, the Other Storage category takes up the most space in comparison with other categories of files.
If you have the same situation, don’t worry! We are going to simplify your life and show you how to delete Other Storage. Just read on to see how easy it can be!
What is Other Storage on a Mac storage usage report
To understand what “Other Storage” means, we will turn to the official Apple source, which explains this concept in the following way: “Other Storage” contains all the files that do not match the specified types on the chart, such as apps, movies, photos, audio or backups.
However, keep in mind that on macOS Catalina, Other Storage is not always garbage.
The “Other” category includes the following types of files:
- System temporary files
- macOS system folders
- Archives and disk images (.zip, .iso, etc.)
- Personal user data
- Files from the user’s library (Application Support, iCloud files, screensavers, etc.)
- Cache files
- Fonts, plugins, extensions
- Hidden files
- Other files that are not recognized by a Spotlight search
Where is Other Storage on a Mac
Most files in Other Storage are located in the hidden Library folder. By default, Apple keeps files from Other Storage hidden from users for security reasons. The hidden status is intended to prevent deleting important files that can cause problems with applications or system operations. So please, do not touch files in the Library if you don’t understand what that files are used for.
You can get to the Library folder by following these steps:
- Open Finder
- Click Go in the Menu bar
- Select Go to Folder
- Navigate to the following directory: ~/Library
Here you will find all support files that we mentioned above, which are included in the “Other” category.
How to delete Other Storage on a Mac
Most files in the “Other” category are not just wasteful. They support apps and system processes to help them run efficiently. But over time, they can clog up your drive and make your Mac run slowly.
Now we will share some steps to clean up your Mac, free up space from unneeded junk files, and make it work smoothly again. You can do it manually or use the special software bundle, MacCleaner Pro.
Clear cache and service files from Other Storage
As we mentioned above, most files in Other category are located in the Library folder. So let’s navigate to this folder and find the cache. We will show how to remove them manually.
- Open the Finder
- Press ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + G
- Copy and paste the directory ~/Library/Caches
- Find out the cache files of your apps and remove them
- Follow the same steps for other folders that keep service files and clear them:
/Library/Caches (without the “~”)
Note that all this can be done in a quicker and easier way if you use the MacCleaner Pro bundle. Just launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller from this bundle and the application will guide you through the process in just minutes. The application automatically finds all support files for your programs and helps you to safely remove cache, logs, preferences and even leftovers of already-removed apps.
Remove extensions from Other Storage
The extension files, such as plugins, installation files, screensavers and web browser extensions, take up useless disk space on your Mac.
We recommend finding and getting rid of them.
Remove installation files
By default, all files downloaded from the Internet are stored in the Downloads folder. Most likely you will find installations, .pkg files, and .dmg files in this folder. Explore the Downloads folder and remove all unnecessary files from there.
Remove web browser extensions
To remove browser extensions, please read the article “How to delete browser extensions on a Mac.”
Remove plugins, screensavers and other extensions
The extensions usually don’t take up much disk space. However, some of them may have a significant negative effect on your system, making it work slowly. That’s why it is important to clear every unnecessary file from your Mac.
Here’s where you can find and delete screensavers:
- Open Finder
- Click Command + Shift + G
- Navigate to the subfolder ~/Library/Screen Savers and click Go
- In this folder, you will see the screensaver files. Trash them
Here is where you can find and delete the Internet plugins:
And again, instead of manually searching for extension files, we recommend using the appropriate tool from the MacCleaner Pro bundle. With this solution, the application will automatically find all extensions, display them in the special tab, and allow you to safely remove them.
Remove unneeded documents in Other Storage
Removing documents from Other Storage can be done through a Smart Folder Finder:
- Сlick ⌘Cmd + F shortcut on the desktop
- The search should be carried out in “This Mac”
- Choose the folder “Other” in the first dropdown menu
- From the Attributes list, select File Size and File Extension. Click Ok
- Specify the file’s size and type of extension. A list of searched files will appear
- Delete the largest unneeded elements or move them to external storage to free up space on your Mac’s hard drive
Fortunately, even in this case, you don’t have to waste hours finding the bulkiest content on your Mac. Why use the manual method when there is an easy option? With the help of MacCleaner Pro tools, you can explore your hard drive in a more convenient and efficient way. Run the Disk Expert tool from the MacCleaner Pro bundle and scan your Mac for the biggest files and folders. It will visually display the disk space usage as a sunburst diagram and show the bulkiest content. Even better, you can view hidden files that may also take up much space on your drive.
We have shared several ways to clean up “Other Storage” and get more free space on your Mac. You can manually delete files or download MacCleaner Pro to save time. If you want the fastest method, then we recommend trying MacCleaner Pro. Let us know your “Other Storage” cleanup results in the comments below.