Five easy ways to clear up disk space on your MAC
1 – Removing Unwanted Applications.
Over time, if you’re anything like me, you will install apps and only use them once or twice. It might be a trial that has expired, a program that you required for a particular reason and no longer need it or just simply software that you don’t find any use. Whatever the reason this software is taking up space on your disk drive. Especially if you’re using an SSD drive, these tend to be smaller than regular disk drives so don’t allow the disk to fill up with unwanted software.
Have a look through what is installed on your MAC, uninstall those unwanted applications. It is an easy process:
- Select “Applications” in the sidebar. Right-click the application’s icon, choose “Move to Trash.”.
- You can also just do a drag and drop of the application’s icon to the trash can icon on your dock.
Note: You might be prompted for a password during the uninstall process. Unfortunately, this process can leave behind system preference files (they tend to be small in size), if you wish to remove the application along with all system files we recommend an application called “AppCleaner”. LINK:
2 – Delete temporary file data.
A lot of temporary files can build up and consume your precious disk space during day to day use. Chances are that these are files that you no longer require, so they’re just sitting there and of no use.
One program that is excellent at doing a clean-up of useless junk files, popular with windows OS users and also available on for MAC is called “CCleaner”. Yes, MAC does try itself to clean up temporary files but this program goes much deeper and gets great results.
At Jon.ie we only recommend programs that we have tried and tested and this is definitely a program that tops our list of must have’s on you MAC and Windows computers. CCleaner is free and you can get your hands on it here: LINK.
3 – Non-required mobile device backups.
If you have a MAC, chances are you might also have an iPad and iPhone. Well, as you might already know when you connect these devices to your MAC for syncing purposes, backups of certain files are also made and stored on your MAC. You only need the newest backups and it is safe to delete the old backups or the backups of the devices that you don’t have or use anymore.
If you are unsure of what you’re deleting just move the file to external storage before deleting.
Have a look in this location on your MAC: “Home”> “Library”> “Application Support”> “MobileSync”> “Backup”. Have a look at the dates and see what can be safely deleted. Select “iTunes”> “Preferences”> “Devices”> Pick the file you wish to remove> Select “Delete Backup”.
4 –Removing the language files.
The chances are that you use only one language on your MAC device. Applications come with language files for every language that they support. If you wanted to, it’s possible to switch between these languages. These files use quite a bit of space (several hundred megabytes) and are of no use if you’re not using them! If you’re running low on space then deleting them will give you a dig out and would be risk-free. Monolingual, which is a free application can help you reclaim the space used by these files. It can be downloaded here. LINK.
“Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from macOS, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least macOS 10.12 (Sierra).
I don’t know about you, but I use my computer in only one (human) language — English. And I’m willing to bet that you do too, albeit perhaps not English. So why do you have a bunch of localization files for the operating system filling up your hard drive? Enter Monolingual — a handy utility for reclaiming your space for more useful things… like international mp3 files, email or whatever you like.
Version 1.7.3 is the last version for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). Version 1.6.7 is the last version for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Version 1.5.10 is the last version for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Version 1.4.5 is the last version for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) which also includes PowerPC support. Version 1.3.9 is the last version for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). ”
5 – Empty the trash.
This can be an effective way to clear up some free space. When you delete content from your MAC it goes to the trash can, similar to Recycling bin on the Microsoft Windows OS. Sending to trash rather than permanently removing immediately gives you the option to restore files that you may have deleted by mistake.
To empty the trash for your user account one can simply right-click the trash can icon that’s on the bottom-right of the dock and select “Empty Trash”. Doing this action deletes the files that you sent to trash via the finder. Simple yet effective.