10 Tips on How to Clean Mac of Junk and Free up Drive Space

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Macbooks can be a bit intimidating when you switch to them from Windows. However, after a while, you will realize that using them is a lot of fun and rewarding.

As you spend more time on a Macbook, you will get more experience. However, the more time you are on the computer, the less drive space you will have. That is if you neglect to take the necessary measures.

Lack of drive space will cause a dip in the computer’s performance. If you think that the problem will happen to you as well, be proactive. The following mac cleaning tips will tell you how to free up space in the drive.


Tip #1 – Clean Caches

Macbooks store a lot of information in caches. Apps are running smother because they have fast access to information and do not have to get that information from the original source.

Even when you uninstall an app, caches remain so you will have to take an extra step in getting rid of caches as well. But do not remove the folders but just the files of caches themselves.


Tip #2 – Clean Backups

Backups are another type of file that serves no real purpose. You have stuff like iTunes libraries and whenever there is a new update, iTunes does not delete the old version but rather put it in the backup folders.

There is no reason to keep old backups around. Look through the drive and delete ones that are taking space. The most recent version will be enough.


Tip #3 – Uninstall Old Apps

Some of the applications on the Macbook are no longer of use. Check through the list of installed apps and see when was the last time you actually used some of them. If it was a few months ago and you have no intent to use an app in the near future, deleting it would be the right option.

Once again, after you are done uninstalling the app, take care of cache files as well. And remember that if you ever need an app again, you can always download and install it later. Every megabyte matters when you are looking to free up space.


Tip #4 – Get Rid of Unused Language Files from Apps

Language files also take a surprising amount of space. Some apps have multiple language packs and if you are not using any of them besides English or what you consider to be your native language, deleting the rest of the language pack is the way to go.

Tip #5 – Delete Files in Downloads and Mail Folders

If you do most of your communication via email or just use email a lot in general, your mail folders might have more files than expected. For every attachment that you open in the email, the file gets downloaded and sits in the mail folder. 

Files that are downloaded from other sources also have a folder. Visit your mail and download folders and delete files that you no longer need. It may not be a lot in some cases, but it will still help in freeing up extra space in the disk.


Tip #6 – Consider Using a Cleaning Software

Sometimes, working manually is bothersome and users look for solutions that can automate the process. You can find a number of cleaning software that will delete junk and other files that you no longer need. 


Tip #7 – Reinstall the OS

Reinstalling the OS is a solution when users take when the computer starts to underperform and needs a fresh start. At the same time, it frees up space as any files that were not backed up disappear. If you feel like this would be the best way to approach the issue of not having enough drive space, consider reinstalling your OS as well. 

Tip #8 – Run a Scan with Anti-Virus

It is possible that the problem is not noticeable on the surface level. A virus or malware could end up on a computer and make it their home. Scan the computer using anti-virus software and make sure that there are no threats inside the system. 

As a rule of thumb, you should have anti-virus running in the background all the time when using the Macbook. This way, you will have peace of mind and not have to worry about threats.


Tip #9 – Use Cloud-Based Services

Services like iCloud and Dropbox will lessen the burden if you transfer some of your files there. Despite what you might hear about cloud computing service prices, Dropbox and iCloud are free. On top of that, your files will be in a safe space. 

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Tip #10 – Empty the Trash

A final piece of advice would be to not forget emptying out the trash bin. Dragging files in the trash bin does not delete them. It is just transferring files from one location to another. 

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