MacCleaner PRO is an all-in-one software solution to free up space on your Mac and make it always run like a new computer. The program provides a clean and simple user interface. Also, the program comes with additional Pro tools for a deep Mac cleanup.
Once you launched MacCleaner Pro, you will see a bar showing your disk space usage. Here you can find out what is on your hard drive, including the volume of System storage and Purgeable storage. The bar graph is interactive. By clicking on each section, you can see all files in more detail.
In the Overview section, you can see the Fast Cleanup button. Use this option to quickly remove all junk files and optimize RAM. To view what types of files the Fast Cleanup option removes, click Review Details.
You will see the following list of junk files:
- Applications’ cache
- Applications’ logs
- Installation files
- Safari cache files
- Files in the Trash bin
If needed, you can uncheck some categories of junk files. Once you are sure you want to remove them click the Remove button.
To periodically clean up junk files on your Mac, simply click the Fast Cleanup button.
Clean up Mac
If you face a lack of free space on your Mac hard drive, your Startup disk is full, and you just need more free storage space, click Clean up in the sidebar.
Here, you can view the files that most likely you don’t need and can safely remove.
- Caches – temporary files created when you use applications on your computer. Over time, the volume of cache files significantly grows, which slows down your Mac.
- Trash bin – files in the Trash take 100% of their previous sizes. It’s a little reminder to empty Trash on your Mac.
- Language files – files for software localization. Most likely you don’t need all language resources and can remove unneeded ones.
- Installation files – files that are used to set up programs. Once you’ve installed a program, you don’t need these files anymore.
- Mail attachments – these files are automatically saved on your Mac and eventually take up serious amounts of storage space. Find and remove old unneeded email downloads.
- Downloads – you may download tons of files from the Internet each day and forget to remove unneeded files. The overall size of these files may take up significant space, so select and remove these “space eaters.”
- Screenshot files – for different reasons, you regularly take pictures from your desktop. These pictures occupy significant storage space and it’s likely that most of them are unnecessary. So, we would advise you to take a look at them and remove unneeded screenshots.
- Purgeable space – a kind of space on macOS that the system can free up when needed and then download or generate files that were removed. Purgeable space is the storage that macOS keeps in case you want to re-download the files you removed for making some free space.
- Xcode junk – temporary files, caches, or unused assets that accumulate on your Mac while working with Xcode. These temporary files can take up huge storage space on your disk.
Steps to clean up your Mac with MacCleaner Pro:
- Launch the application.
- Click Clean Up in the sidebar.
- Select the junk files that you are sure you don’t need.
- Click the Remove button and confirm the deletion.
In the Clean up section, you can click each category to view files in more detail. For example, if you click Caches, you will be able to singly select browsers caches and applications caches for removal.
Speed up Mac
If your Mac runs slowly, switch to the Speed up section from the sidebar. Here, you can run the following tasks:
- Optimize RAM – clear inactive RAM memory.
- Reindex Spotlight – reset the Spotlight index to fix the search issues.
- Reindex Mail – when Mail fails to launch or some messages are missing, update the list of emails and fix all issues with your Mailbox.
- Startup apps – stop automatically running apps at Mac login.
- Internet plugins – special program components that add specific features for Internet browsing and may make your Mac run slowly.
- Browser extensions – small software programs that add additional functionality to a web browser but affect its performance speed.
- Heavy consumers – close the apps that require high memory usage and often freeze.
Here is how to optimize Mac’s performance with MacCleaner Pro:
- Switch to the Speed Up section from the sidebar.
- Take a look at the options that can make your Mac work faster. Select the options you want to run.
- Click Review and Speed Up and confirm the action.
After this, you will notice that your Mac has started to work faster.
For some categories, you can view more details. For example, if you click Startup apps, you will see the list of all startup programs on your Mac. Here, you can disable or enable startup programs and stop some apps from automatically running on your Mac. In a such way, you can help your Mac work faster and not waste its resources on unneeded processes.
Keep launched the ones you need and the ones you’re not sure about. For example, if you know for sure that you are using a specific antivirus, do not turn it off.
When you click Speed Up for the selected Startup apps, MacCleaner Pro does not remove these files. It calls a command so that the system closes the selected apps and disables automatically launching them at Mac startup.
Manage disk space
MacCleaner Pro allows you to explore your files, apps, and documents to find out what is taking up your disk space. In the Manage files section, you can browse your disk usage in more detail. Here are the categories of files you can explore on your Mac.
After extraction archives, most users forget to remove .zip files. These files usually take up huge space on your disk and are likely unnecessary. Switch to the Archives category to view the list of all .zip files on your Mac. Select and remove unwanted ones.
Switch to the Documents category to view a list of your documents. Review and remove large files and folders you don’t need.
On your Mac, you may store movies downloaded from iTunes, created with video editing apps, or transferred from your iPhone. Whatever the reason you keep video files on your Mac, you should keep in mind that these files take up huge disk space. Manually locating them may be tricky. Go to the Movie category in MacCleaner Pro, review your video files, and remove all large and unneeded ones.
As well as movies, downloading music from iTunes causes the Mac disk space to be filled. Go to the Music category to review a list of all music files stored on your Mac. Select unwanted songs and click to remove them.
Pictures are another type of space consumer on a Mac. Manually searching for them takes a lot of time and it’s unnecessary, since MacCleaner Pro automatically locates all pictures on your hard drive and displays them in the appropriate category.
Go to the Pictures category, review the list of all image files on your Mac, select unneeded pictures and click to remove them.
Click the Applications category to view the list of all apps installed on your Mac, the date you used them last and the disk space they are taking up. Click the Uninstall with App Cleaner button. It will launch a special uninstaller from Pro tools that allows you to remove unwanted apps completely and safely.
Click on this category to see the volume of duplicate pictures, movies, music, documents, archives, and other types of duplicate files. You can review all duplicates with appropriate software from Pro Tools – Duplicate File Finder. Just click the Review with Duplicate Finder button to launch this app and remove or organize your duplicate files and folders.
There are tons of system files on your Mac that can’t be removed or shouldn’t be removed for the system to work correctly, but it’s useful to know about them and understand what is on your Mac hard drive. In the System category, you can view the volume of system operating files, files in the Library folder, and inaccessible folders such as the folders of other Mac users.
Here you can view what is in your Home folder. Please note that the items in the Home folder are displayed in the appropriate categories of files in the list above.
MacCleaner Pro provides special separate applications for a deep cleanup of your Mac. With the additional tools, you can easily locate and remove all unwanted stuff from your Mac disk.
Switch to each section from the sidebar and click to launch the appropriate application, depending on what files and items you want to locate and remove.
Go to this section and run the Duplicate File Finder for the following tasks:
- Find and remove duplicate files and folders
- Find and remove unneeded similar photos in the Photos library
- Find similar folders – the folders with both duplicate and unique files
- Merge similar folders
Go to this section and run App Cleaner & Uninstaller for the following tasks:
- Completely uninstall applications
- Reset applications to default state
- Disable/enable/remove web browser extensions
- Disable/enable startup programs
- Remove remaining files of previously deleted apps
- Change files associations for different types of files
Go to this section and run Disk Space Analyzer for the following tasks:
- Scan any disk or folder, including external storage
- Analyze and view disk space usage in a convenient sunburst diagram
- Find the biggest files and folders
- Easily operate the bulkiest content on a Mac
Funter – find hidden files
Funter is a tool to operate hidden files on a Mac. Run Funter for the following tasks:
- Show hidden files and folders with one click
- Hide files and folders with one click
- Search for hidden files and folders
- Copy, move or remove hidden files and folders
- launch this application to easily show, hide, and find hidden files on your Mac.
If after both fast cleanup and speedup operations, your Mac still works slowly, we recommend that you use Memory Cleaner. This helps regularly monitor memory usage by apps and automatically clear inactive RAM each time your system is out of RAM.
Run Memory cleaner for the following tasks:
- Monitor memory usage on a Mac
- Find the most memory-consuming apps
- Free up RAM memory with one click
- Set up the frequency of RAM cleanup and let the app do this task automatically
Despite the Pro tools, MacCleaner Pro provides a helper that allows you to monitor some important indicators to optimize your system performance.
- Storage usage
- Top large files
- Startup programs
- CPU consumers
Use this helper to quickly see the information about your system and open MacCleaner Pro to operate the selected items.
To enable MacCleaner Pro helper and access it right from the toolbar, do the following:
- Open MacCleaner Pro.
- Go to its settings.
- Switch to the Helper tab.
- Check the option “Enable MacCleaner Pro Helper.”
With MacCleaner Pro, you can view the history of what files and when you removed them using the app. Moreover, when you clean up files with MacCleaner Pro, they are moved to Trash by default. This is done for your safety. It means that if you accidentally remove any file important for you, you can restore it from Trash.
Follow the steps below to view the removal history and restore removed files with MacCleaner Pro:
- Go to the MacCleaner Pro’s menu and click File → select Removal History.
- You will see the Removal History window. Here you can see when and what files you removed with the application.
- If the removed file is in the Trash, you will see the appropriate icon next to the file’s name.
- To restore files, click the Trash icon or select multiple files and click the Restore button.
The files will be restored and appear exactly in the same folders from where they were deleted.
Full disk access
Since the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, for security reasons, Apple requires that you manually grant access to your apps to operate the user`s files. That’s why, when you launch MacCleaner Pro for the first time, you will need to grant access to your folders to let the program scan your disk. You will see the following message
Here is how to grant Full Disk Access to the app:
(Steps for macOS 10.14-12)
- Click Open Preferences to Grant Access. If you have already closed the popup, open Mac System Preferences and go to the Security & Privacy section and switch to the Privacy tab.
- Scroll down the list of items on the left and select Full Disk Access.
- Click the Lock icon in the bottom left corner to make changes. It will require your password.
- Click the Plus (+) button and add MacCleaner Pro from the Applications folder. You can also add MacCleaner Pro by dragging and dropping the application into the Security & Privacy window.
- After making changes in System Preferences, you will have to restart the app. Click on Quit Now to apply the changes.
- Open System Settings.
- Go to the Privacy & Security section.
- Click Full Disk Access.
- Switch on the toggle button for MacCleaner Pro.
- If you don’t see the app in this list, click the plus(+) icon and add MacCleaner Pro.
If you want to remove these files, click on Grant Access and add MacCleaner Pro to the list of apps with Full Disk Access.
If you have any questions about MacCleaner Pro, contact our support team. We will be happy to assist you.
MacCleaner Pro allows you to empty Trash bins on your Mac. To scan objects from the Trash folders of all mounted drives, including the iCloud Trash, you need to grant Automation Access to MacCleaner Pro.
Here is how to grant Automation Access to the app (Steps for macOS 10.14-12):
- Open System Preferences.
- Go to the Security & Privacy section → switch to the Privacy tab.
- Select Automation from the sidebar.
- Find MacCleaner Pro in the list of apps and mark the checkbox to allow accessing Finder.
- Open System Settings and go to the Privacy & Security section.
- Scroll down and click Automation.
- Swith on the toggle button for MacCleaner Pro.
Once you grant Automation Access to MacCleaner Pro, you can empty Trash folders of mounted drives and iCloud with the application.
If you have any questions about MacCleaner Pro, contact our support team. We will be happy to assist you.
Uninstall MacCleaner Pro
If for some reason you need to uninstall MacCleaner Pro, follow these steps:
- Open MacCleaner Pro and go to its settings.
- Switch to the Advanced tab.
- Scroll down and click Remove at the bottom of the window.
- Confirm by clicking the Uninstall button.
- Empty your Trash.
MacCleaner Pro will be removed entirely from your Mac with all of its service files.
MacCleaner Pro provides a free trial with unlimited features. After the trial period ends, you can view your disk usage and see what is on your disk, but you can’t remove unneeded files. To use the program without any limitations, you need to upgrade to Pro.
Here is how to upgrade to Pro and activate the license in MacCleaner Pro:
- Launch MacCleaner Pro and click the Unlock Full Version button.
- Click Go to Purchase. It will open the purchase page of the product’s website.
- After making a purchase, you will receive an email with the license key. If you don’t see the message, please check the Spam folder.
- Switch to program again and click Enter License Key. Also, you can open the window for entering the license key by clicking MacCleaner Pro in the menu bar and selecting License info…
- Enter your license key from the email and click to activate it.
- In a moment, your license will be activated.
If for some reason you lose your key, contact our support team and provide the email address you used to make the purchase, and we will send you your activation key.
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When you are cleaning up the Trash bin with MacCleaner Pro, you might face an error with deleting some items from Trash. In this case, MacCleaner Pro shows the exclamation mark next to the file name in the removal confirmation window.
This issue might happen with the files which belonged to a deleted user and were backed up by Time Machine. The macOS system might not allow you to permanently delete these files from Trash due to security reasons.
To resolve this problem and remove the items from Trash, follow these steps:
- Restart your Mac in Recovery Mode. For this, press the Command+R shortcut when rebooting Mac. If you are using a Mac with an M1 processor, instead of pressing Command+R, keep pressing the power button for 5 seconds to enter Recovery Mode.
- In the startup window, select Recovery Mode.
- Go to the Menu bar and click Utilities → select Terminal.
- Type the command below to disable SIP on Mac and press Return.
- csrutil disable
- csrutil disable
- Restart your Mac.
- Delete the problematic files from Trash manually or with the help of MacCleaner Pro.
After deleting the files, don’t forget to re-enable the System Integrity Protection. For this, again restart your Mac in Recovery Mode → open Terminal, and this time type this command:
- csrutil enable
Then restart your Mac.
This will prevent the accidental removal of important system files on your Mac.