Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
November 1, 2021
12 minutes to read

Since macOS Sierra, Mac users have the benefits of the system’s storage optimization feature. With this feature, you can find and remove the largest and unnecessary files. It has a Reduce Clutter feature, which means that you can find large and old files and folders that you probably no longer need and may have just forgotten about. Removing large and unused files can recover a lot of disk space. Let`s learn about the Optimize Storage feature in more detail.

How to find large files on Mac

  1. Go to Apple Menu (an apple icon in the left bottom corner) and choose About This Mac.
  2. Switch to the Storage tab. Here you will see a Manage button in the right corner. Click this button.find largest files on macOS
  3. In the next window, you will see Storage Optimizing suggestions. Here are four options. Go to Reduce Clutter and click Review files to view the largest files and old files that are longer required.optimize storage on macOS
  4. In the Review Files section, from the sidebar you can choose the category of files you want to view. For example, Applications, iTunes, Documents, Trash or others.How to reduce clutter on macos-sierra

You can remove files directly from this window by clicking the Cross icon, which is beside each filename. Some categories show the size of each file only. However, you can remove them in a regular way.

Note: The ability to delete files from this window is available for only some categories.

Video Guide

The optimizing storage space features of the macOS are a great help to recover disk space on your Mac. However, if you need a more descriptive and professional method of finding the largest files and folders on macOS, you can use Disk Space Analyzer, a special application designed to view disk usage, and find large files and folders.

hard drive analyzing results

Disk Space Analyzer is a powerful utility that scans any hard drive and shows the results of disk usage as a sunburst chart. It finds even hidden system files and allows you to remove any file with just one click.

Disk Space Analyzer

Analyze disk space usage on Mac

Supported systems: macOS 10.11-10.15
Update v. 4.0.5 Dec 2022

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