Even though new technologies have made a big step in development, most of the gadgets are equipped with a small amount of the internal memory. Today we are going to speak about Macintosh and Macbook. Modern Mac models are equipped with fast, but pretty modest in volume SSD-drives. 128 or 256 GB are quickly clogged with useful data, games, documents, and content. In some time, there is a shortage of free valuable space, quick cleaning does not work as desired, and the analysis of the workload of the system indicates the main devourer of space is the “Other” section.
The Mac storage is divided into five sections: Other, Photo, Audio, Video and Programs. It is coherent what types of documents are in the last four parts as mentioned earlier. And usually, a lot of questions and problems are caused by Other. That is why we decided to dedicate these guidelines to describe the most effective ways to delete it and free some space on your Mac.
The system includes these docs in the Other category:
- Documents that are stored on disk or in the application cache (for instance, when auto-save)
- Archives and images of disks
- Temporary files and user data
- Library files, application cache, plug-ins, add-ons and program extensions
- Virtual machine files
The listing is pretty vast, but you could have remembered that you saved a couple of installation archives for programs or games, made a backup copy of the documents or installed the second OS through a virtual machine somewhere, and then just forgot about it. Yes, even if you delete something, it does not mean that the free space increases immediately.
After reading these guidelines, it will be simpler for you to realize where the problem is and how to solve it. You have an opportunity to choose between two ways out. You can take an easy one and download CleanMyMac. One click and it will do everything instead of you. And the second one – to do it manually. It will take you more time, but you will be able to clean up your storage more thoroughly. If it is the way you lean towards, you should stock up time and patience, but the result will amaze you positively.
Where to Find?
The folder with the name. Other is both in iOS and Mac OS X.
- Click on the Apple menu.
- Choose “About this Mac” and then “Storage”;
Now you can realize how many used GB there are in this folder.
Apple did not provide its users with one button or function for deleting Other storage. Manual cleaning assumes that you delete all unnecessary things from the following sections:
- Documents (both through the side menu Finder);
- Cache. To get to it, open the Mac desktop, press ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + G (this is the “Go to Folder” command). In the line that appears, enter ~ / Library / Caches /. Delete everything in the Cache folder is not recommended – it’s better to erase only unnecessary files. Click ⌘Cmd + J, sort the files by size and delete the unnecessary ones.
- Files-attachments from correspondence with friends in Messages (way ~ / Library / Messages / Attachments /).
Note: If you don’t realize what this exact file is responsible for – don’t touch it. It is better to consult with a competent person before deleting.
There is a general misconception that text documents don’t consume lots of space. The fact is that .csv and .pages files can become so big in size. Then there are images, presentations, and all the eBooks and other files you have downloaded. Delete these large-sized and unwanted documents using the following steps:
- Go to desktop and press Command + F
- Click on ‘this mac’
- Click on the first drop-down menu
- Click on ‘other’(opens the Search Attributes window)
- Check the boxes against File Size and File Extension
- Enter different file types such as .pages, .csv, and .pdf (also enter file sizes)
- Check all the large files and determine whether you need them or not
Remove Temporary & Log Files
As long as your Mac is turned on, the operating system continues to create new logs and temporary files. These files are required by the system for specific applications, but for a short period of time. They become obsolete after that. However, they continue to be there and keep wasting the disk space. These files also consume space in the Other Mac storage.
These system files can be found here: ~/Users/User/Library/Application Support/
Here you can find applications, temporary files, and backup files. You should also check the old iOS backups in the folder: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup. Check the temporary and backup files to determine which files are not required any longer.
Delete Cache Files
Another way to clear other storage is to delete cache files from Other data area. Cache files can also take up GBs of space on your Mac’s other storage. There are 3 different types of cache files:
Even when these files are created to speed up the system, as their numbers increase over time, they start slowing down the system. Use these steps to delete these files:
- Open ‘Go’
- Open ‘Go to Folder’
- Enter “~/Library/Caches”
- Click on ‘Go’
- Click and hold ‘Option’
- Create a backup of the Caches folder by dragging it to your desktop
- Select the files in the original Caches folder and drag them to Trash
- Empty the Trash
Repeat these steps for two more folders: /Library/Caches and ~/Library/Logs. This is because Cache files are there in different folders.
Deleting via Smart Folder Finder
Another possibility is to “delete” unnecessary files is searching through the Finder. Exit to the desktop. Press ⌘Cmd + F to open the Search via smart folder. Make sure that the search will go to the section This Mac. In the Type field, select Other, in the resulting list – File size. In the second field, select More than, in the third field, type a number (for instance, 200) and remove all the huge files that you no longer need.