How to free up space on your Mac

Freeing up space on your Mac can be a tedious and tedious task, but it's an important process to ensure your Mac continues to run smoothly and quickly.

Regularly freeing up space on your device will help reduce clutter and prevent you from spending too much time deleting old files when the space is nearly or nearly full.

There are several ways to free up space on your Mac, and that's what we'll mention in our article.

how to free up space on mac

Manually delete some space on your Mac

These are some of the basic ways to free up storage space on your Mac: Manually delete or compress files.

Delete files and apps

Scan the files and applications on your device and see if there are anything you can delete, especially large files such as: duplicate videos or high-resolution photos.

For example, if you often take multiple photos of the same thing to get the best shot, deleting the duplicate photos is a good step to start freeing up space.

To delete a file or app, all you have to do is right-click on the app or file, then tap Move to Trash.

After deleting files manually, you should make sure to empty the Trash as well to make sure that you are actually deleting and not just moving the files from one place to another.

To empty the Trash, right-click the Trash icon, then tap Empty Trash.

ZIP files

If you don't want to delete some files, you can compress these files to save space without having to delete them. Compression compresses files so they take up less space.

Clear temporary files

To free up space on your Mac, you can clear temporary files on the device.

Temporary files take up space on your Mac's hard drive, and you usually don't need them.

To locate temporary files:

  • Click on the Go tab in the Finder.
  • Then select Go to Folder, type Library / Caches, and hit Go. This will lead you to the cache folder.

To delete files from the folder:

Right-click on the file you want to delete.

Then click on “Move to Trash.”

remove language files

Many Mac applications support different languages, and each language comes with its own files, which takes up more space. And you can use apps,

Like: Clean My Mac or Monolingual, to remove language files you don't need.

Clean Downloads Folder

The Downloads folder is another place to find unnecessary files to delete. In the Finder, tap the Go tab, then tap Downloads to open the Downloads folder.

To delete files from the folder, right-click on the file you want to delete, and then press Move to Trash.

You can also keep a shortcut to your Downloads folder in the Dock so it's easy to access. To do this, all you have to do is drag the Downloads folder from the Finder to the Dock.

Store files on iCloud

Store files on iCloud

Storing your content on iCloud helps you free up space on your computer with easy access to your files.
And when you store files on iCloud, you can choose from 3 options:
Desktop and Documents:
You can store all the files in these two folders. When the storage space on your Mac is insufficient, only recently opened files are stored on your Mac.
To access files stored in iCloud, double-click the download icon to download the file you want.
iCloud stores all your photos and videos in their original form. And when your Mac's storage is low, space-saving versions of your photos are stored on your Mac.
To download the original version of the photos or video, click it to open the file.
You can store all of your messages on iCloud. And when your Mac's storage is low, only messages you've opened recently are stored on your Mac.

You can follow these steps to store files in iCloud:

  • Tap the Apple icon at the top left of the screen. Then select About This Mac.
  • Then tap the Storage tab, then select Manage.
  • Tap Store in iCloud.
  • On the menu that pops up, tap the boxes next to the types of files you want to store in iCloud.
  • When done, tap Store in iCloud.

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