Despite cloud storage, the Mac loses space quickly. This happens faster on a Mac than iOS due to other uses (downloading files, more complex applications, daily work with the Mac, etc.).
What is “Other” in Mac Storage?
- Other on a Mac contains uncategorized files (eg, videos, photos, music, apps, or email). “Other” includes junk and personal files that take up disc space. By cleaning up this section, you can free up to 26 GB on your Macbook.
Miscellaneous files include:
- Temporary files/system files, e.g. settings files or logs,
- Photos and cache files,
- Documents such as PSD, PDF and DOC,
- Archives and disk images, including zip, dmg, iso, tar, etc.
- Virtual machine disks,
- Extensions and Apps.
How to Check disk space on your Mac?
A view of the used space has long been under Apple Menu > About This Mac > Hard Drives. Until the last version of macOS, Big Sur, there was a category called “Other.”
- Click the Apple logo on your Mac’s left side.
- Click About this Mac.
- Click the Storage tab.
- Wait a second, and the system will display total storage, used space, and free space.
Here’s an overview of your hard drive’s available space and file types (apps, photos, videos, system files, etc.). “Other” uses 10-40% of disc space.
Clean up downloaded files in Downloads
Files in the download folder are memory logs. Downloaded files may not be needed or may have already been installed. However, the files are still in the Downloads folder. It doesn’t have to stay that way.
- Launch Finder and select Go in the upper left corner.
- Select Downloads from the drop-down menu.
- File types such as.dmg,.pkg,.doc,.pdf,.csv, and others are listed here.
- Select the files to be deleted and right-click to move them to the Trash.
- To delete those files immediately, open Trash and right-click them.
Remove unnecessary extensions from Other storage
If you have extensions and add-ons on your Mac that you no longer use, you might want to get rid of them to make room on your hard drive. Next, we’ll show you how to remove extensions from Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
- Google Chrome: Choose the three-dot icon > More tools > Extensions and delete the extension you no longer need.
- Safari: Go to Settings > Extensions. To remove the unwanted extension, click Uninstall.
- Mozilla Firefox: Click the Tools menu, and then click Add-ons. Extensions and plugins removal is complete.
Clear cache and system files
“Cache” refers to data that is stored in the background and is not visible in the IT area. They speed up tasks and processes. If there is too much data in the background, it can slow down the computer.
- Close all applications on your computer.
- Open Finder.
- Select Go to Folder. Also, you can use the ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + G shortcut for this option.
- Enter “/Library/Caches” in the text field and confirm with “Open“.
- In the “Caches” folder, click to select the files that you want to delete from your Macbook.
- Click-hold Option and drag the Caches folder to your desktop as a backup in case something goes wrong.
- Select all the files in the Caches folder.
- Drag them to the Trash.
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