Free Up Disk Space on Mac

Happy owners of Apple laptops can no longer imagine any part of their lives be it work, studying or leisure time without these devices. This is not surprising, given the number of possibilities provided by Macs. In order to use them, you need your computer to run smoothly and be capable of storing various applications. Unfortunately, the majority of users eventually face the issue with running out of disk space. However, you can easily solve it and here is how.

  1. Empty your trash can

Do not forget that there are separate trash cans on Mac computers. Make sure you remove files from the main one and the trash cans for iPhoto, iMovie, and Mail.

In addition, you can set up automatic deletion of old items out of the trash after they have been in there for 30 days.

  1. Uninstall unnecessary applications

For some reasons many users keep unnecessary files, although they can easily delete this ballast. You just need to open a Finder window, select Applications and replace apps’ icons to the trash can.

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  1. Remove temporary files

Cache files are used to speed up processes on Mac, but some apps leave behind too much data for no purpose. In order to delete it, go to ~/Library/Caches/. Keep in mind that you have to leave browser cache as it helps to load the web pages you visit faster.

  1. Delete large email attachments

Check out whether you have received large email attachments while using the built-in Mail application, and if yes, delete or replace them to iCloud. If you do not want to waste time on it on a regular basis, change the Mail settings to not download attachments automatically. As for Gmail users, they can limit the number of messages synced over IMAP by default which is also helpful for saving space.

Alternatively, you can use special Mac app designed for disk cleanup to save your time. It will remove all the junk for you. However, before running a cleaning tool, you should back up all of your important data just in case.