How to Free Up Space on Mac

Running out of space? This is the most common issue with every Mac user once in a while.

Everybody wonders what is taking so much space? You may have probably never downloaded videos, movies, or stored games on your Mac. Still, there is no space. Why? Your Mac itself keeps occupying more space with its functions such as updates, application data, browsing cache, temp files, backups, and many more. All these operations occupy more and more space every time you use your Mac.

In this post, you’ll find the most efficient methods to clean all the Trash and keep your Mac healthy.

You may also find some third-party software, as probably you don’t have time to manually go through all the stuff, and third-party software automates most of the task.

Optimize your Mac: First and foremost, Apple provides a fantastic function that allows you to free up a significant amount of storage space. It practically meets all of your requirements, and activating the optimization feature will help you save a lot of weight on your journey.

Simply go to about this Mac by clicking on the apple icon in the left corner of your window.

Now go to storage, and you’ll notice a bar that shows how much storage space you have and how much free space you have left. On the right side, you’ll notice the word “manage,” which you should click. Apple provides recommendations in the window’s center to assist you to free up some space on your Mac.

You can change things like storing files in iCloud, optimizing storage, setting your Bin/Trash to empty automatically, and evaluating files to decrease Clutter. We’ll go through each of these alternatives in detail in the sections below.


This is the very first option you are presented with. You can store files in iCloud using the Store in iCloud option. With limited storage on Mac you can use cloud storage and storing what you need there is a terrific choice.

If you don’t mind paying for it, this is an excellent option to increase your storage amount.

With Apple you get 5GB free cloud storage, but it won’t assist much in this case. Apple offers a variety of storage options on a subscription basis, so you should be able to find something that suits your needs. The following are the costs for iCloud storage:

  • 5GB: free
  • 50GB: Rs 75
  • 200GB: Rs 219
  • 2TB: Rs 749

Save all your files and documents on iCloud and keep your Mac healthy by freeing up some space, besides you can access those files anytime and anywhere.

Here’s how to free up space on your Mac by transferring files and photographs to iCloud:

Step 1: Select Store in iCloud from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Select the files or documents you want to save.
Step 3: Select iCloud Store from the drop-down menu. You’re now ready to go.


Optimizing storage is the next option.

When you enable Optimise Storage, it will remove any previously viewed TV series or films. Only those TV programs will be removed.

Movies you’ve purchased from Apple’s iTunes store can be redownloaded for free if necessary. It will also delete your previous emails; nevertheless, you should not be concerned about losing either of these items because the emails will remain on the email server. Your storage will be automatically optimized after you select this program.


It is a convenient way to dispose of all of your waste at once without having to do so manually.

However, emptying your Trash regularly is a wonderful habit to develop, and Apple has a great solution to automate this process.

If you select Apple’s Empty Trash Automatically option, files in your Trash will be automatically deleted after 30 days.

Step 1: Select About My Mac > Storage > Manage from the menu bar.
Step 2: Select the option to Empty Trash Automatically and turn it on.
Step 3: You’ll receive an alert asking if you’re sure you want to automatically delete Trash. Turn it on, and it will clean your Trash for you every 30 days.


To clear a large number of files, downloads, and other temporary files, choose the last option on the list.

Reduce Clutter will scan your Mac’s contents and make it simple to eliminate files you don’t need.

You’ll be transported to a window with tabs for Downloads, Large Files, Containers, Unsupported Apps, and a File Browser when you click on Review Files.

Based on the information provided, such as when you last accessed them and their size, you can decide whether or not to remove them.

Downloads are the next choice. You’ll find the files you’ve downloaded from the internet in this folder. It’s better to delete the data of this folder occasionally, just like you should with the Trash because it’s astonishing how much space a few downloads may take up.

To delete what’s currently in your Downloads, choose the files you wish to get rid of and hit Delete. The advantage of eliminating Downloads this way is that they will not be moved to your Trash. Directly deleting from the download folder will fill the trash box.

Unsupported Apps will be listed in this area if you have any.

You can rapidly access folders for Desktop, Pictures, Music, Documents, and movies in File Browser.

Use third-party software:

Third-party software is very useful in taking care of your PC. It will clean your Mac in just a few clicks without having to go through all the files individually. For this tutorial, we will use CCleaner.

CCleaner: CCleaner for Mac is a free, easy-to-use app that can help you clean your computer of unnecessary files.

CCleaner for Mac has a user-friendly interface and features that make it easy to clean up your computer. It also has a variety of tools to help you find and delete large files, unused apps, temporary files and find duplicate files on Mac.

How to Clean Using CCleaner:

Step 1: Launch CCleaner and select the Cleaner option from the left-hand menu.
Step 2: Check the checkboxes next to the OS features you want to clean. All cache files and browser cache files, as well as temp files, can be cleaned.
Step 3: Select the Applications tab from the drop-down menu. The program that appears on this tab is determined by the software that you have installed on your computer.
Step 4: Select the applications or features that need to be cleaned.
Step 5: Select Analyze from the drop-down menu. CCleaner examines the files associated with the OS X features and program that you’ve chosen. This could take a while.
Step 6: After the analysis, you can look over a list of what will be cleaned, which is organized by application and OS X features. Double-click an item in the right pane to get a list of files (for example, Safari – Cookies).
Step 7: Select Cleaner and click Run. You’ve been informed that CCleaner is about to permanently delete files from your system. To continue, click OK.
Step 8: CCleaner presents a report of removed files in the text window once the cleaning is finished.


Clearing up junk will give your Mac a healthy boost. After you’ve set up automatic cleaning, it’s better that you won’t run out of space anymore. Follow the instructions carefully and get rid of all the Trash that you never owned.


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