If you’re like most people, you probably rely on your Mac to store your important files. You might store your photos, music, and documents on your Mac’s hard drive, but what about the files that your Mac keeps track of, like your user profile, settings, and preferences?
When you don’t want your system storage too big, you can clear out the space on your Mac’s storage by using one or more of these 6 ways:
#1. Clear out the contents of your Trash
Clearing the contents of your Trash is always a good idea and gives your Mac more space to store new files.
Here’s how to do it:
- Open up the Finder window
- Click the Trash icon in the toolbar
- Drag all of the items from the Trash to the Dock
#2. Free up your Desktop
If you want to clean out your system storage on Mac, one of the best ways to do it is to clear out your desktop. This will help you to free up some space on your hard drive and make it easier to find the files you need.
To do this, you can simply go through your desktop and delete any files that you no longer need. You can also move any files that you want to keep to a different location, such as an external hard drive.
#3. Clear out your Downloads
If you’re like most people, your “Downloads” folder is a dumping ground for all sorts of files you’ve downloaded from the internet. Over time, this can start to take up a lot of space on your hard drive, and can slow down your computer.
Fortunately, it’s easy to clean out your Downloads folder and free up some space. Just open the folder and delete any files you don’t need anymore. You can also move files to a different location on your hard drive, or compress them to save space.
#4. Remove Unwanted System Files
Use the manual way to delete unwanted file. Simply open up a Finder window and go through your files, deleting anything that you don’t need anymore.
Another option is to use a disk cleanup utility. This will scan your system for files that are no longer needed and delete them for you.
#5. Delete old files from your Home Folder
To clean out your Home Folder, start by going through all of the files and folders and deleting anything that you don’t need. This includes old documents, downloaded files, and anything else that you don’t use on a regular basis.
Once you’ve cleared out the unnecessary files, you can then start organizing the remaining files into folders. This will help keep your Home Folder tidy and make it easier to find things.
If you have a lot of files and data in your Home Folder, you may want to consider using a cloud storage service such as Google Drive. This will allow you to store your files online, freeing up space on your Mac.
#6. Clear out your Applications Folder
To get started, open up Finder and head to your Applications folder. Take a look through the list of apps and start uninstalling any that you no longer use. Once you’ve uninstalled a few apps, you should notice that your system storage space has increased.
If you’re looking to really free up some space, you can also delete any apps that you don’t use regularly but don’t want to completely uninstall.