Are you dreading the “Your disk is almost full” message now and then? Fret not. This guide will tell you how to clear disk space on Mac easily!
Though Apple has recently amplified its Storage on the latest devices, 80% of Mac users still face the storage issue. So we’re here to help you save your banks by telling you how to manage disk space on Mac without spending on a new device.
It is clear how you can easily free up disk space on Mac by looking at the large files and data and clearing them up. However, in reality, this process will not help you much. You need to have a deeper look at the language files, email junk and attachments, and the trash cans. So let’s have a peek at this detailed guide that will help you free up disk space on Mac manually.
Checking the Storage on Your Mac
Before knowing how to clear up disk space on Mac, the first thing to do is check the Storage on your device. For this, you need to go to the Apple menu and click on the ‘About this Mac’ option. Now you can click the storage button.
Once done, a bar will appear on the screen divided into different segments based on the various aspects of the Storage taken up on your device.
This means the bar is divided according to the Storage taken by the music, apps, photos, and other large files on your device. This will help you know the amount of Storage taken by different files and how you can easily clear them up.
Methods to free up disk space on Mac.
Optimize Storage with iCloud
No matter how much free space you have on your Mac, you’ll end up using it all. In the end, you are sure to face the issue of Storage. One of the best ways to free up disk space on Mac is to optimize Storage with iCloud.
To do this, you need to open the Apple menu and click the ‘About this Mac’ option. A new window opens where you can select the storage option. Now click on the ‘Manage’ button to transfer all your files and data on iCloud. For this, you can select the ‘Store in iCloud’ feature.
Using the free plan, you can store data and files up to five GB in your iCloud. In case you need to empty more disk space, you can buy the paid storage plans of iCloud, which will provide you with 50GB, 200GB, or even two terabytes of additional storage space.
Uninstall Unused Applications
The applications you do not use often require Storage on your Mac. So it’s a good idea to uninstall them. For this, you need to open the Finder window and select the ‘Applications’ option from the sidebar. The list of different applications appears on the screen. Now you can click on the ‘show items in a list’ feature to see the size of each application. You can even arrange the applications according to their size through this size option.
Once done, all you need to do is to drag and drop the required applications into the trash. But make sure to empty the trash later as well.
Clear Browser Cache
In this era of digitalization, everyone uses the Internet to the best extent on their devices. You must be doing the same due to which temporary files, known as browser cache, are stored on your Mac. These files help to load the previously loaded web pages faster. However, they even increase the Storage used on your device. So it’s a good idea to free up some megabytes of space by clearing the browser cache.
Each browser has a built-in option to clear its cache. Say, for example, you are using Chrome. To clear its cache, all you need to do is choose the three dots on the top right corner of the screen. Now select ‘More tools’ and click on the ‘Clear browsing data’ option. Similarly, you can clear the browser cache of other browsers using their inbuilt options.
Empty the Trash Can Automatically
The trash can in your Mac is similar to the recycle bin in Windows. When you delete different files within the Finder, this data is moved to the trash can. This is done so that you can recover your deleted files and data from the trash whenever you want. However, emptying the trash will help you to free approximately 30% of your disk space.
To empty your trash can, right-click on the trash icon located at the bottom right corner of the dock. Now select the ‘Empty trash’ option.
This is the manual process to empty your trash. However, you can even automate the process under which the files stored in your trash for more than 30 days will be automatically deleted. To automate the empty trash process, you need to click on the ‘About this Mac’ option in the Apple menu.
Now, select ‘Manage’ in the storage option. Here you can see the ‘Empty Trash Automatically’ button. Once you click on it, your trash will be emptied automatically.
Clear the Duplicate Files
Generally, there may be several duplicate files on your Mac, like the same app installers, email attachments, and duplicate pictures.
Removing these files can help clear up approximately 30% of the disk space. However, manually cleaning the duplicate files will be a hectic process.
So you can instead choose several tools that will help you clean the duplicate files on your Mac, like MacKeeper or Gemini 2. These free or paid cleaning tools will save your time and effort.
Clear up The iTunes Backup of Your iPad or iPhone
It is a good habit to create a backup of your iPad or iPhone on your Mac device. However, once you face storage issues, you can clear up this backup to free up great gigabytes of space.
To clear up the iTunes backup of your iPad or iPhone, you need to open the following path on your Mac device. Select library, application support, mobile sync, and backup. Once this location is opened, you will find random names of various folders. To free up disk space on Mac, you need to delete the subfolders found inside these randomly named folders.
However, if you want to know the actual name of the randomly named folders, you can use a tool like CleanMyMac. This tool will tell you the actual names of the confusing folders. Accordingly, you can delete the unnecessary folders.
Delete Junk Mails and Attachments
Since everyone has a professional life, you may be receiving tonnes of emails every day. Though emails themselves don’t take much Storage, the attachments that come with them occupy a huge chunk of the storage share on your Mac. Once you open these attachments on your Mac, they remain in it forever. There are always some annoying promotional messages that you need to delete along with the attachments. So here’s how you can delete junk mails and attachments to free up disk space on Mac.
To delete the attachments from your Mac, you need to open the mail app. Choose ‘Preferences’ and then select the ‘General’ option on the screen. Here you can see the option “remove unedited downloads.” All you have to do is set this option to “After message is deleted.”
To delete the junk messages on mail, you need to open your mail app. Besides the general tab, you can see the ‘Accounts’ tab. Here the option ‘Erase junk messages’ is available. You can set this option to “After One Month.”
Thus, in this way, you can clear up a good amount of Storage on your Mac by removing all the pesky promotional messages and their attachments.
Clear up The Downloads Folder
You must be already following this tip. Clearing up a download folder can help free up disk space on Mac. You need to open the Finder and choose the downloads folder to do this. Here you can view the different huge files that are not important and delete them. One helpful tip to save your time while doing this manual process is to sort the files in the download folder through size. When you find an unnecessary file, you can right-click on it and select the ‘Move to trash’ option, but make sure to remove that file from the trash as well.
In this way, you can easily clear up the files that require the most space and are not useful. Whenever you open an archive file, it will automatically unzip it into a folder. Now you will have to delete this as well.
Let us wrap it up!
Unless and until you own a device that has huge terabytes of space, you will need to clean up your Mac every now and then. However, before cleaning the disk space on your Mac, you should know that it is a hectic process that requires expertise. So if you want to evade going through the manual process, you can use several tools and professional apps that will help you free up disk space on Mac.