When it comes to hard drives, there are so many ways you can gain more space on them to speed up your Mac. Although it’s 2020 and Macs have become so advanced, the ugly truth remains that conventional hard drives are still insufficient to accumulate all your heavy and bulky multimedia files and other data. Before you decide to shell out a lot of money on an SSD for your Mac, walk through this post in which we’ve compiled some easy and effective tricks to help you know how to clear disk space on Mac with some proven manual tweaks.
Here we go!
1. Delete language files
Most apps come with language files to support all languages for your convenience. However, these files take up a lot of disk space that would otherwise be used for storing something more important. It’s recommended to keep only the language files that you use and delete the rest to save megabytes of the disk space and speed up your slow Mac.
You can either remove extra language files by using the best free Mac cleaner as discussed earlier or go for a manual tweak in the dictionaries by going to Macintosh HD → Users → Your User → Library → Dictionaries.
2. Empty the trash cans
Don’t forget about the trash bins. The Trash app on Mac is what the Recycle Bin on Windows. The files you delete in the Finder go to the trash can first. You can either restore the data kept in it or delete it permanently. You can free up the hard disk and speed up Mac by getting rid of the trash from your Mac. Besides, empty the trash bins of apps like iMovie, iPhoto, and Mail.
3. Remove duplicate files
You might not know but there are many duplicate files if you’re using your Mac for a long time. You unknowingly create these files when you download a file multiple times, create playlists, or rename files. When piled up, these files can occupy megabytes of the hard disk space. That’s how to clear disk space on Mac without losing your important data.
4. Uninstall apps you don’t use
Not all the apps you’ve installed on your Mac are still useful. You may be surprised but some of the existing apps are the ones that automatically get downloaded on your Mac without your knowledge. To do so, go to Finder and choose Applications. Select the apps you don’t use and uninstall them.
The catch is that though you’ve uninstalled these apps, some leftover related to these apps remains behind on your Mac’s hard drive which is very time-consuming to find. You can use Mac Optimizer Pro to uninstall multiple apps along with their leftovers with a single click.
5. Get rid of temporary files
You might not know but there are many temporary files on your Mac (especially, in the form of cache) that are not letting your hard drive breathe freely. The cache is a data that you computer stores to help you load a webpage, app, etc. load faster the next time. However, when accumulated in bulk, it can lead to a severe slowdown of the system. The trick is to do it in a safe manner. You wouldn’t want any important cache to be deleted. So, do it this way:
- Open Finder
- Click on the menu > Go
- Click Go to Folder
- Type ~/Library/Caches
- Choose the files that you want to remove and press Delete
Additionally, you can also delete browser cache, cookies, and browser history to lighten the burden on your internet browser. It will make the browser faster and hence your Mac will start working fast as well. You can read the full steps of removing the app and browser (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) cache here.
6. Use the easiest way to free up the hard drive
You can make use of our Mac cleaning software to clear up the hard disk. This trick is the most efficient and fastest since you don’t have to make any manual maintenance. Not even a novice but an experienced user can feel shy when it comes to tweaking cache files and backups. The truth is you don’t know which one is necessary. However, freeing up disk space is very fast and safe with Mac Optimizer Pro. You can save a lot of hassle by using the Mac cleaner app to remove duplicate, outdated, and junk files from the hard disk.