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Usually, more than a half of files on your Mac were downloaded from the Internet, i.e. from web browsers, messengers, torrents, mail. By default most Mac applications save files in a correspondent Downloads folder that can be easily found by this location:

Macintosh HD > Users > [current user=””][/current] > Downloads

Downloads folder on Mac

Here you can easily trash all downloaded files in a usual manner.

Another quick solution is to use MacCleaner Pro, which automatically finds downloads and other types of junk files on your Mac – language resources, caches, logs, and more.

Here is how to remove downloads from your Mac with MacCleaner Pro:

  1. Launch MacCleaner Pro.
  2. Go to the Clean up Mac section in the sidebar.
  3. Select Downloads.
  4. Click to remove them.
If in applications settings you altered location where to store downloaded files, it may be a hard issue to find them and delete. Below, you can see our list of the most “downloading” apps and how to deal with them.


Make Skype app active, then press Command+”,” or go to menu bar (left top corner of a screen) and choose Skype → Preferences option.

In appeared window find another option Save files in:  where you can remind or even change place to store your files.

Downloads folder on Mac

Google Chrome

Here you also should visit settings. Make Chrome active and press Command+”,” or go to the menu bar and choose Chrome → Preferences.

Downloads folder on Mac

In appeared window go down until you find Show advanced settings.

Downloads folder on Mac

Finally, after clicking on it find Downloads.

Downloads folder on Mac


Launch Safari and also click ⌘+”,” or go to preferences.

In appeared window find option File download location:Safari preferences window


The same works for µTorrent. In appeared window go to Directories and there you can find all the required settings.

Directories panel in µTorrent preferences


Mail app principles are completely different, that’s why we highlighted it in a special article. Check it out by the link Delete Mail Downloads.

If you can’t find the downloaded files of any app you use, write it in the comments below. We’ll do our best to help you!

This article is based on our expertise in understanding the file system of macOS and cache clearing. We’ve been working 10+ years in developing special disk cleanup utilities for a Mac. We regularly update our apps and the articles according to the changes in the macOS system. For any related questions, contact us by email.

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