No one wants to see their Mac running out of space. Lack of storage space can make the users tiresome and frustrated at times. There are, however, several ways in which a user can try increasing the storage space of their Mac computer. Let’s see how.
- Try removing apps that you don’t use
It is always desirable to delete the applications that you no longer use. However, simply leaving it in your Mac may make the application consume a lot of space. You can either drag the application into Trash, which will uninstall the app, or remove the unused apps using Launchpad. For deleting an unusable app from Launchpad from the Dock, a user has to click the Command key and hold the app icon until the app starts to shake. Next, you should click the ‘X’ symbol, which will be displayed above the icon. The app you don’t use will be removed.
- Delete Downloads on Mac
We often download attachments from emails but rarely delete the document or file from the downloaded folder. These files can take up a large amount of storage space. You can sort the downloaded files by size, which will help you delete the larger downloaded files. It would help if you tried deleting the downloaded files from the Mac browser as well. Delete downloads on Mac to make a good amount of storage space on your device running out of space.
- Get rid of browser cache
Many caches will fill up in the browser cache if you are someone who frequently browses the internet. You can delete the browser cache to expand the storage space in your Mac. If you are a Chrome user, you should click the three-dot icon located on the top-right of the browser and then select the ‘More tools’ option. Next, choose the option ‘Clear browsing data’. Select the time range as ‘All time’. Next, choose ‘Cached images and files’. Then click on the ‘Clear data’ button. However, if you want to clear the browser cache in the Safari browser, you have to select ‘Develop’ from the top menu and then click the option denoted as ‘Empty Caches’.
- Empty the Trash in Mac
This is one step we mostly tend to forget. We move the files we do not need to the Trash. However, we forget that it is simply about moving the file from one location to another. If you want to free up space, then you should empty the Trash in your Mac first. You can locate the bin icon of Trash and then right-click on it to choose the ‘Empty Trash’ option. However, if you forget to do it manually, then Mac provides an option to empty the Trash automatically once in 30 days. To do so, you have to locate the ‘Finder’ and choose the option denoted as ‘Preferences’. Click ‘Advanced’. The user should click the box denoted as ‘Remove items from Trash every 30 days’.
- Compress the large-sized files
Most of the time, if you are not sure about whether to delete a file or not for expanding the storage space, then the best alternative would be to compress the files. However, it would be best if you understood that a user might not be able to shrink each file. The best files that can be compressed include documents as well as presentations. Mac comes with a built-in tool for file compression. Once you open the ‘Finder’, select the option ‘Documents’. You should then select the key ‘Command’ + Click on one or multiple folders which you wish to compress’. Finally, select the option denoted as ‘Compress’.
- Get rid of the System Junk
It is always better to get rid of the system junk, which will help free up your storage space in Mac. System junk usually comprises app localizations, old-time machine backups, outdated files, etc. You can clean up the system junk quickly by running applications from trusted developers that Apple considers safe to run.
There are various ways to expand storage space in a Mac, such as storing the documents, photos and messages using the ‘Store in iCloud’ option. Mac also provides an optimized storage option using which Mac removes the movies, and the TV shows that the user has already watched. The user will have to click the ‘Optimize’ button, which will let Mac automatically remove such files. Follow the steps mentioned above to ensure your Mac never runs out of storage space.