How to Use Optimized Storage in MacOS Sierra?

by Gabriel E. Hall - -


Issue: How to Use Optimized Storage in MacOS Sierra?

I haven’t cleaned my Mac for ages and I noticed that it’s getting slow gradually. Please tell me what’s the easiest way to clean junk on Mac? Or should I wash my time going through all the folders and remove each unnecessary file manually? Would appreciate all suggestions…

Solved Answer


It doesn’t matter which OS you prefer and what kind of device you use, it’s a must to take care of it in order to keep its best performance. Unfortunately, but only the majority of users are seriously concerned about security and optimization of the system, which is why Internet forums are full of questions how to increase Mac’s speed, how to fix freezes, and so on.

There’s no need to say how many task we perform with our Macs every day. Probably you, just like any of us, download tens of iTunes files, movies, updates, software, games, and so on. Have you ever wondered how much programs, files, and data that you store in your Mac are really in use? We believe that not even a half. It’s very important to keep in mind that Mac is not an endless storage device which absorbs everything that you are interested in.  It’s rather a complex storage reminding a garage full of little drawers that get filled up over time. The more ‘drawers’ are full, the slower your Mac may start working.

Luckily, Mac engineers are not wasting time. Recently Mac OS version called Sierra has been released, which presents a new improved way to optimize your Mac and keep its hard disk loaded on an average. Mac OS Sierra presents two improved features – iCloud and Optimized Storage. This new feature is responsible for freeing up storage space by storing rarely used files in iCloud, regularly emptying trash, removing useless files, and so on. This way, there are fewer chances that your Mac is going to get slow due to lack of free space. You can find the newly built-in features by accessing the following:

– Click Apple logo (top left side) and select About this Mac.
– When the new window opens, locate Storage tab, click it, and then select Details.
Now you should see the window with the newly built-in Mac features, which include Store in iCloud, Optimize Storage, Erase Trash Automatically, and Reduce Clutter.

  • Store in iCloud function transfers pics, photos, videos, and rarely used files to iCloud in order to save space on Mac’s hard disk.
  • Optimize Storage is responsible for movies and TV shows that you have already viewed. They are automatically removed after a certain period of time.
  • Erase Trash Automatically is a great way that saves you extra space by deleting files from trash permanently after they sit there for 30 days.
  • Erase Clutter sorts out old documents, as well as allows reviewing and deleting them.

How to use Store in iCloud function?

  1. Click on Store in iCloud.
  2. Here you have to put a tick on Store files from Desktop and Documents in iCloud Drive option.
  3. After that, tick the box for Store photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library.
  4. Finally, click on Store in iCloud and you’re done!

How to use Optimize Storage?

  1. Click Apple logo (top left side) and select About this Mac.
  2. When the new window opens, locate Storage tab, click it, and then select Details.
  3. Click on Optimize and then Optimize again on the newly opened window.

How to enable  Empty Trash Automatically?

  1. Click Apple logo (top left side) and select About this Mac.
  2. When the new window opens, locate Storage tab, click it, and then select Details.
  3. Locate Empty Trash Automatically section and click on Turn On.
  4. After that, confirm that you want to enable this feature by clicking Turn On again.

How to use Reduce Clutter function?

Reduce Clutter function sorts out the files that old and seldom used. However, none of them are deleted automatically. It means that you have to do this manually. As previously, you have to open Optimize Storage window by clicking on Apple logo – About This Mac – Storage – Details. On the left side of this window, you should see several folders that store old/useless files. You can either select Review Files under Reduce Clutter or view then in separate folders that are provided on the right side of the window. Now it’s your turn to go through the list of files and decide which ones to keep and which once to remove.

As you can see, Mac OS Sierra iCloud and Optimize Storage features remind a kind of optimization tool. The difference is that you don’t need a third-party software that also takes up free space. What you have to do enable these functions as we explained above. Good luck and take care of your Mac!

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