Full Storage on your Macbook? 7 Tips to Clean up your Mac Hard DriveMurtaza Bawa
With the advancing technology and increased storage size do we still need to worry about the disk space? Yes, your new MacBook device may come with an SSD drive with the storage of the only 128GB, and sooner or later you will receive a pop-up for low disk storage. So, what can you do to avoid that?
Here are 7 tips to clean up your MAC Storage:
- Delete duplicate files
- Empty trash folders
- Uninstall unnecessary applications
- Delete TEMP files
- Delete language files
- Delete large email attachments
- Use the built-in storage tool in MACOS Sierra
Using 3rd party apps
If you don’t want to clean your device memory manually then there are alternatives available. The easy way: install 3rd party applications such as CleanMyMAC3. Apps like these can scan for temporary files and other unnecessary data and remove it all by itself.
Note: Always backup your important data before running any cleaning tool to avoid data loss just in case.
Duplicate files are the major reasons for memory jam. Duplicate files can cover up a lot of space in your PC. You can use apps such as Gemini 2 to remove duplicate files. Gemini will scan your PC for duplicate files and then you can select and delete it. Also, there are many other apps to do the same that you can find on the App Store.
Empty The Trash
Just like windows computers recycle bin MAC has its own trash folder. When you delete something it will go to trash and then you need to empty the trash for permanent removal. MAC can have more than one trash folders depending on users. So you will have to empty all trash. In order to empty the main trash folder, click on CTRL+Click and select empty trash and it will delete all the files inside permanently. So this is the main trash but if you are using apps such as iphoto or iMovie then you need to empty their own trash such as if you are using iPhoto and you delete something then it will go to iPhoto trash and then you need to empty the trash within the iPhoto app.
Uninstall Unnecessary Applications
The applications you use daily or install can fill up space too. So never install unnecessary apps. If you don’t use some app then simply remove them. To do so just click on the application you want to remove and drag it down to the trash bin and it will be removed.
Deleting temporary Files
In your Mac, apps you use may create temporary files to perform such tasks that you might not even need. And temp files can easily fill up your space. To clean such files you can use apps such as CCleaner. You might have heard or even used Ccleaner on a windows computer. Just like any other cleaning app, it does the same scanning and cleaning job. Removing temporary files will make a big impact on your storage.
Removing Language Files
Mac OS comes with multiple language packs installed so you can use or switch languages of any apps you need. Normally, you might only use one language for your system so other language packs would be unnecessary.
To get rid of language files use apps such as Monolingual. Such steps are only required when you badly need to save space. If you have a larger drive with enough space then there is nothing wrong in keeping those files.
Cleaning Up Attachments in Apple Mail
If you are using apple mail app and using it for a long time. So you might not even know how many gigabytes of data it must be stored as a result of sent or received email attachments. You can select not to download attachments on your emails automatically in settings. You can run a cleanup tool or just limit the IMAP emails to show only a few of the previous emails instead of everything on the server.
Use the Storage Tools in macOS Sierra
The new update of your macOS is Sierra and it has this new tool inbuilt to clean up your PC. In about this mac you can find and run tasks to clean the system.
- Store in iCloud – generally this feature will save all or selected of your documents in your icloud so it won’t fill up your device storage.
- Optimize Storage – this feature will delete purchased iTunes data such as movies or videos. So the ones you have already seen can be deleted easily to free up space.
- Empty Trash Automatically – in this feature you can basically schedule your Mac to empty the trash automatically