How to Free Up Space on Mac

Running out of space can be one of the most annoying things while using a Mac. If you have been using your Mac for a while you might notice that your device has been slowing down. This is probably not because your device is aging or has been infected with malware.

Instead, it could be because your Mac’s disk space has reached its maximum capacity. Leaving this unattended will mean that you have no space for new photos, music, or documents on your device and your Mac will eventually not be able to install any new apps or app updates.

To keep your Mac running smoothly, you should free up space from time to time. If you don’t know where to start, here is a quick guide that will explain the different ways in which you can easily free up space on your Mac.

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Find out what is taking space on your Mac

Before randomly deleting files to free up your storage space, first find out which items are taking a lot of space on your device. To see the occupied and available space on your Mac, open the Apple menu, select About this Mac and click Storage.

You will immediately get an overview of the categories that are taking up most of the space on your Mac. Additionally, you will also be able to see the amount of space still available on your device.

Find and delete duplicate files

As duplicate files can take up a lot of space on a Mac, one of the easiest ways to free up space is by finding and deleting duplicate files. The number of duplicate files increases when you accidentally download a file twice or store multiple copies of similar pictures on your device.

If your Mac has multiple duplicate files then deleting these can free up a significant amount of space from your Mac. As finding and deleting duplicate files manually can be a time-consuming process, there are various apps available to automatically perform this action.

Follow this link to know more about finding and deleting duplicate files from a Mac.

Uninstall unused apps

Often, we install a number of apps and then forget about them. These unused apps can take up more storage than expected. Thus, to free up storage space, it is important to uninstall unused apps from time to time.

To see how much space unused apps are taking on your Mac, open Finder, go to Applications, and display all the items as a list. Here you will be able to reorder your apps by their size.

Just track down the apps you might not need in the future and remove them by dragging them from the applications list to the Trash Can on your Dock. To completely uninstall an app and remove its files from your Mac you will also have to empty the Trash Can on your device.

Delete temporary files

As you use your Mac, a number of temporary files in the form of cookies and cache might pile up in your Mac. Although deleting these temporary files will not increase the speed of your Mac, it will free up some of your disk space.

When you visit a website, it will place cookies in your browser and will create caches of files from web pages you visited. These files help web pages to load faster whenever you open them again on your Mac.

Since cache can get filled up quickly, it is advisable to clear the cache every now and then. To clear temporary files on your Mac, open Finder, select Go, hold Option, and click Library.

Here you will find all the caches stored on your disk. Just select and delete either all or some of the cache files and folders to free up some space.

Move files to an external storage device

Another hassle-free way to free up storage space on your Mac is by moving your files to an external storage device. If you find that files such as photos and videos are taking up the majority of space on your device then transfer them to an external storage device and delete them from your mac.

You can easily connect external storage devices such as USB, external hard drive, SD or Micro SD card, etc. Additionally, you can use an external port adapter if your Mac is not equipped with the port you need in order to connect an external storage device.

Move files to iCloud

If you want to instantly access your files from all your devices, then you can move your files to iCloud. It is a great storage option to store important files and free up disk space. As iCloud provides only 5 GB of free storage space to its users, you can either pick the files you wish to store on iCloud or purchase additional storage space on iCloud.

To automatically store your files on iCloud, you can change your preferences by following these steps: open the Apple menu, go to System Preferences, click Apple ID, and select iCloud in the sidebar.

Here go to “Store in iCloud” and turn on “Optimise Mac Storage” settings. This will automatically save your files on iCloud. If you change your mind, you can turn off iCloud by deselecting the iCloud Drive option.

Empty the Trash Cans

The Trash option on your Mac is similar to the Recycle Bin on Windows. When you delete any file from your Mac, it goes to the Trash so that users can restore it if needed. To completely delete files from your Mac and clear up disk space, you should empty your Trash.

To instantly empty your Trash, right-click the Trash icon on the dock and click Empty Trash. However, as different apps such as Mail, iPhoto, and iMovie have their own Trash cans, you might have to empty multiple Trash cans to free up additional space on your Mac. You can also enable “Empty Trash Automatically” to permanently delete the files that have been in the Trash for more than 30 days.

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