How to Free Up Disk Space on Mac OS X?

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Issue: How to Free Up Disk Space on Mac OS X?

I was a little bit surprised when I saw that my Mac is running out of space. Please tell me what should I do to clean up disk space and how to keep a sufficient storage all the time? Thanks!

Solved Answer

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It doesn’t matter if you are using Apple Mac or Microsoft Windows, none of them provide an endless disk space. As we are using our Mac every day, we forget that each file and application takes up space. We simply download and install the stuff we need without considering much whether we really need that or no. Usually, people start thinking about Mac’s optimization and clearance of its disk space when they are not allowed to download some apps and the alert “Your startup disk is almost full” shows up on the screen. It would be better not to wait until this message shows up unless you don’t mind your Mac being sluggish, unresponsive, and freezing. No matter what is the reason why you decided to clean your Mac’s disk space, it’s never late to do so. In this post, we will provide several tips that will help you to keep your Macs disk’s storage sufficient and clean, so don’t waste your time!

Specialists recommend using Mac‘s optimization tools, such as MacCleanse or MacKeeper. This way, the system will not store duplicate files, application leftovers, unnecessary files, and other details that take up disk space but gives no benefit. However, it‘s advisable to perform the steps listed below to ensure that the system is fully optimized:

  • Remove unnecessary applications
    We are pretty sure that you have more apps on your Mac than you really need. We would recommend you to open Applications folder and analyze the list of apps. Once you find apps you haven’t been using for several months, drag-and-drop it to the Trash. Then navigate to the /Library/Application Support/, /Library/Preferences/, and /Library/Caches/ folders and delete the file leftovers. Repeat the same steps with all unnecessary apps.
  • Delete duplicate files
    Duplicate files clog the system and eventually may take up a considerable amount of disk space, which may cause system’s slowdowns, freezes or crashes. Therefore, it’s very important to clean those files. Unfortunately, it’s barely possible to delete duplicate files manually. For this purpose, you should use MacCleanse , MacKeeper or another paid application found on the Apple Mac Store.
  • Empty the Trash Cans
    Beware of the fact that Mac has multiple Trash Cans, including iPhoto, iMovie, and Mail. All deleted files are transferred into the Trash and are kept there for a long time or until the Mac use decides to empty the Trash. Therefore, to free up some disk space, make sure that all trash cans are empty.
  • Remove temporary files
    One of the most popular temporary files removal tools is CCleaner for Mac (also available for Windows). Download this tool from the official website or Apple Mac Store. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it and the launch the scan.
  • Remove web browser’s cache
    This method depends on the web browser that you need. What you have to do is to open your web browser, open its settings and select Clear Browsing Data. Actually, you should do the same with all web browsers installed on the system.
  • Remove language files
    Each application installed on Mac has its own language files. The number of those files depends on the number of languages that the application supports. If you are always using one language, for example, English (USA) on your Mac, other language pack files are staying idle and just take up the disk space. To remove language files, you should use Monolingual language pack.

These are the basic files that should help you to keep the sufficient Mac’s storage and the clean disk space. Nevertheless, our strongest recommendation would be to install and keep Mac’s optimization tool like MacKeeper installed and, of course, up-to-date.

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