How to Сlear Mac Сache

Two ways to clear cache files on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you probably know that macOS stores lots of cache files. A cache file is a temporary data file created by apps, browsers and many other programs to help your Mac run faster. However, sometimes these cache files can get corrupted because of software updates, and this can cause problems. Moreover, even if you have already removed the application, the cache files remain on your Mac. Sometimes their size can become tens of gigabytes and fill up the disk memory. So, it`s a good idea to clear the cache from time to time.

There are several types of cache data:

  • User Caches
  • System Caches
  • Web Caches
Note: clearing the cache in web browsers may also help to protect data security or identity theft issues.

Follow this guide to find out how to clear the cache from your Mac step by step.

Way 1. Clear the cache on Mac manually

  1. Open new Finder window.
  2. In Menu choose Go → Go to Folder (or use shortcut Shift + Cmd + G)
  3. In a window appeared navigate the directory ~/Library/Cashescache on Mac
  4. Select all unneeded files and folders and delete them by dragging them to the trash. Note: you may need to keep some files. If so, first move them to the other folder and only then remove all cache files.Cache files on Mac
  5. Once again, using the keyboard shortcut Shift + Cmd + G, go to the folder and this time type /Library/Cache (instead of ~/Library/Cache). Repeat all the steps above to remove cache files and folders.

*The first time the system will load a little longer than usual. It`s normal.

Way 2. Clearing the cache with MacCleaner Pro

Most Mac users find it a little complicated to delete cache files manually. There is another much easier and quicker way to delete cache files. Use a special software tool – MacCleaner Pro. MacCleaner Pro is a super easy and efficient tool to clean up your Mac from all types of junk files, manage disk space usage, and speed up your system.

  1. Launch MacCleaner Pro.
  2. Go to the Clean Up section.
  3. Select Caches.
  4. Click to remove cache files and confirm removal.

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About the Author

Serge Savenko

Serge Savenko

Serge Savenko is a product manager for Nektony. He is the author of numerous how-tos articles for both Mac switchers and computer geeks. Serge lives and breathes the technology, finding the best solution for every user request of Nektony products.