How to clear space on Mac

In our previous articles, we described how to сheck free disk space on Mac, what is “Other” on Mac hard drive and what to do, when Startup Disk is almost full. Today we want to share useful infographics about the steps, you should take to clear space on your Mac.

Tip – How to clear disk space on a Mac quickly and safely

If you do not have time for exploring how to free up disk space on Mac manually and you need a quick and safe solution for this task, use a special software MacCleaner Pro.
This all-in-one solution will help you to delete unwanted files on Mac (cache, logs, broken service files, duplicates and other junk) and clear space on your hard drive with just one click.

10 Tips
to clear space on Mac

1Delete Downloads on Mac
Often Mac users don’t pay attention to the “Downloads” folder because they use it only when downloading apps and files from the
internet. In fact, this folder contains a lot of unneeded documents and files that occupy a chunk of disk memory. Sort the files by size and see exactly how much space each file takes up.
2Remove unneeded localizations
Most programs contain multiple localization files, which waste your disk space.
Leave only those languages you need. If you do not speak Chinese, Indonesian and Korean, they can be safely removed for most applications.
3Clear cache
Each program in macOS creates cache files and stores them on the local disk in order to speed up the Mac. Over time the total size of these files will increase significantly. Moreover, sometimes for various reasons, this data can be damaged and, consequently, slow down the system’s and the applications’ work. You should clear the cache on Mac periodically.
4Don’t forget to empty the Trash
It may sound too elementary; however, most people forget to clean up the Trash. When you delete files in macOS, they are moved to the Trash where they can be recovered at any time. Because of this when files go to the Trash they do not actually change their size. As a result, in just a month the Trash bin may take up tens of gigabytes.
5Delete apps, that you don’t use
If you’ve been using a Mac for a long time, the number of installed applications may exceed 100. You are unlikely to use them all; in fact, some may not be used regularly. As a result, the Applications folder in the Finder may become a dump for various programs, including unused ones. These apps take up a lot of space on your Mac’s hard drive. Well, it’s time to uninstall such unused programs.
6Remove screensavers and apps extensions
Beautiful screensavers make your work with a Mac more fun. However, if you experience a lack of free hard drive space, you should get rid of the dozens of screensavers you downloaded from the internet.
7Find and remove hidden files
Some files and folders may be hidden on your Mac. By default, Apple keeps service files hidden to protect them from accidental removal. These files are important for the proper working of the system and applications. However, there are some hidden files that you don’t need and can easily delete to free up space on your Mac.
8Find and remove duplicates
It often happens that a computer user may create copies of documents or download some files twice and then forget about them. Duplicate files are simply space eaters on your Mac. Find and remove them.
9Analyze your Mac disk usage and delete old and large files
Your Mac may store files, which you either do not know or have totally forgotten about. Inadvertently you may have dozens of gigabytes of useless junk files. Find these files, remove them or move to external storage.
10Clear Ram on Mac
You should think about your RAM memory as well. This will not just create more space on your Mac, it will help speed it up. This is especially important when your startup disk is almost full and your Mac’s speed is starting to lag.

These are useful tips for freeing up disk space on your Mac. Do them manually or use MacCleaner Pro – a bundle of tools to free up disk space on Mac and speed up the system with a few clicks.

About the Author

Asya Karapetyan

Asya Karapetyan

Asya Karapetyan is a content marketer for Nektony. Her focus is on tutorials to fix macOS and iOS systems issues and optimize storage space usage. She also shares useful tips and tricks that every Mac user should know.