These utilities will free up disk space and make your computer faster.
As with any technique, a Mac clogs up over time and requires maintenance. MacOS usually handles this on its own, but in some cases, user control and forced cleanup are required. The easiest way to do this is to use special tools.
- CleanMyMac 3
The most popular utility to restore order in the Mac, with which you can scan every corner of the file system and remove gigabytes of garbage. Thanks to the smart cleaning feature, CleanMyMac will allow you to find and remove office garbage, application cache and other unnecessary files that take up space and slow down your Mac in one click.
In addition, the utility will help you correctly uninstall applications, clean up iTunes, Mail and Photos garbage, find large files, and automatically launch disk maintenance scripts, fix program errors, and others.
The only downside to CleanMyMac is the rather high price. A license for one computer will cost $ 40.
A powerful tool for tuning a system with a huge number of functions for optimizing, tuning and cleaning macOS. A completely free Onyx interface is not as friendly as CleanMyMac, but the capabilities of both utilities are very similar.
In the “Maintenance” section of Onyx, you can delete the system and application caches, logs, as well as empty the recycle bin, check the structure of the system files and execute maintenance scripts. In addition, in the “Parameters” section there are many options for tweaking Finder, Dock and other aspects of the system that are not available in macOS by default.
By cons Onyx can be attributed to the high complexity for the average user. There is a chance of ignorance or error to damage the system files that can cause malfunctions.
- Storage Management in MacOS
Since version 10.12, macOS has a built-in storage management tool that allows you to analyze the disk space, clean up and optimize it.
To access the storage management, go to the Apple menu → “About this Mac”, then open the “Storage” tab and click the “Manage” button. After scanning the disk, the utility will make recommendations on how to optimize, such as turning on the iCloud library or automatically clearing the recycle bin once a month, and also suggest removing unused files.
In the side menu you can see what data takes up disk space. In each section there will be hints that can be removed to free up space. For example, attachments of mail and messages, the Garage Band music library, programs that you have not used for a long time.