It so happened that even in 2018 MacBooks have very small hard disks. Regardless of the model of using Mac – free space melts before your eyes. We offer 8 ways to help free up precious disk space. Assume that the storage has already been hammered under the string, or even worse – a notification about the absence of free space has arrived.
- Remove the excess from the basket
The first thing you need to “take out the garbage”, no matter how ridiculous it may sound, empty the trash. The recycle bin on a Mac works like a recycle bin on Windows; instead of being deleted from the hard disk, the files are first moved to the recycle bin so that they can be restored. Regularly empty your basket of unnecessary files, do not forget that in some applications, such as Mail or iMovie, you have your own basket, which you also need to periodically clean.
- Remove unnecessary applications
Some applications take up a lot of space, review the list of installed applications and delete those that you do not plan to use. To see the list of installed applications and the amount of storage they occupy – open the Finder, go to the “Programs” section, then select “Display objects as icons, list, columns, or Cover Flow”.
- Delete iPhone or iPad backups from iTunes
If you often sync your iPhone or iPad with iTunes on your hard drive, a bunch of backups are collected that take up a lot of free space. To find backups use the path:
~ / Library / Application Support / MobileSync / Backup
There all backups will be signed by random names. Delete them all, then, if necessary, create a current backup of your iPhone or iPad.
- Delete temporary files
The macOS hard drive accumulates a lot of temporary files that do not carry much value, as a rule, the operating system periodically deletes these files itself, but does not do it as often as we would like.
Periodically delete the temporary files of the browser, these files speed up the loading of web pages, but sometimes browsers store unnecessary files that you can delete by removing the storage.
Temporary macOS files can be found by opening the Finder, click “Go”, then “Go to folder”, use the path
~ / Library / Caches
A folder with temporary files will open, which you can delete without harming macOS.
- Remove language packs
MacOS comes with pre-installed language packs so that you can switch the system language to the right one at the right time. Often used 1-2 language, which means you can remove unnecessary, freeing up space on your hard drive. You can remove unwanted language packs using CleanMyMac or Monolingual applications.
- Remove large email attachments
Users of the pre-installed Mail application can accumulate many emails with heavy attachments. Check already downloaded letters, delete unnecessary ones. To save space in the future – automatically download attachments in the settings of the Mail application.
- Remove trash from the Downloads folder.
This is a piece of advice from Captain Obviously, but this is often forgotten. Folder “Downloads” is a cesspool of downloaded files, open it and delete unnecessary.
- Remove trash with a special utility.
Easy way left for sweet. The above steps are easier to perform using a special utility, such as CleanMyMac. The utility from MacPaw is able to automatically perform the necessary actions to clean the Mac, and also provides the ability to remove language packs in a few clicks, properly uninstall applications, clear the browser cache and email attachments.