Wonder why your Mac isn’t at its best speed? One of the reasons behind this is the lack of free space on the disk. Ideally, your hard drive needs to have at least 15% of free space. Anything lower than that percentage may cause slowness and other issues. In this article, we will go over ways to get more free space on your Mac.
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Six Ways to Free Up Space on Your Mac
Apple introduced this feature back in 2016, and since then, users can erase unneeded files or move data to the Cloud quickly. You can bring up this feature through the Apple menu – About this Mac – Storage. It will show you how much free space you have and what data (photos, system files, apps, etc.) takes up the disk space. Most importantly, it identifies removable files, for example, your watched movies, and offers you to remove them. You can find them under the Purgeable section.
Optimize Storage is probably the best way to clean up your Mac, which never fails when it comes to freeing up space from unnecessary files. It’s user-friendly and has the Manage button that takes you to the options to clear space on your disk, including data transfer to iCloud, empty bin automatically, reduce clutter, and more.
Empty bin automatically
With this option, your 30-day old files will be removed without bringing you into the loop. If you click on the switch button, a window will pop up asking you to confirm this action. Empty bin automatically is not only convenient but also safe, given that a timeframe of one month in most cases is enough to understand whether or not you’re going to need the file.
The Reduce Clutter feature is exactly what it says on the tin – it helps you remove old data from your Mac. After you click on Review files, it’ll find and show you files that are apt for removal, including large files, unsupported apps, and downloads. Then, you can manually sift through files and delete them.
A good kick-off point to expand free space is to purge photos you don’t need. Although it could take a while to wade through tons of pictures you probably have on your Mac, it’s an excellent way to win back some space. The thing is that even if you use iPhoto or any other virtual storage, the copies of your pictures can still be stored on your Mac for a long time. It’s because the apps like this typically use a shared folder with your device to store the actual photo in the Cloud and its lightweight copy on your Mac. Removing a copy from your Mac won’t affect the actual photo.
The files you receive in emails can eat up a lot of space, too. After you’ve received an attachment, it goes to the Mail folder, especially if you’ve synchronized your Mac with tons of email service providers. To remove the attachments, go to the Mail app, pick a message with an attachment(s), and click Remove Attachments. This won’t delete the message from your mailbox, just the attachment will be removed.
How many apps do you use? If the number of apps you use outweighs those just hogging space on your Mac, you should consider removing them. You can track and clear your unused apps through Finder – Applications. Review the list of apps you have and drag and drop their icons to the trash can in your Dock. If you want to know each app’s size before you remove it, click “Show items in a list” and then select Size. This way, you’ll get a list of apps starting from the most space-consuming apps to the most lightweight ones. Go over the list and pick items you no longer want to use.