On a Mac, how Do You Remove Other Storage?
On a Mac, Other can’t be completely eliminated, but you can lessen the amount of storage it consumes. We’ll examine each of the six categories of Other files now and demonstrate how to clear up your Mac.
We’ll walk you through eliminating unnecessary files, outdated backups, cache files that slow down your system, irrelevant papers, and other garbage.
- Remove Documents from Other Storage Space
Pure text documents might not seem to take up much space, but you might be shocked by the size of some.pages and.csv files. And that’s before you add images, download ebooks, or make extensive presentations. Your Other documents may quickly start to pile up.
To manually locate and eliminate huge and unnecessary documents from Other Storage:
Press Command-F on your computer’s desktop.
Toggle This Mac.
Select Other from the first dropdown menu field.
Tick the File Size and File Extension boxes in the Search Attributes window.
Now, you may search for huge documents by entering different document file types (.pdf,.pages, etc.) and file sizes.
Review the items, then remove any that are unnecessary.
Fortunately, a much more efficient and complete approach exists. You are given a clear glimpse of all the large files using up your Other space by using a CleanMyMac X.
Using CleanMyMac, find huge hidden files across all folders:
Click the Large & Old Files tab after downloading CleanMyMac X.
To launch the search, click the large Scan button.
Review the outcomes after they have been divided into several categories, such as movies, documents, and archives.
Look through your files, then remove everything you don’t need.
The benefit of using this strategy is that you may sort the files according to their size and efficiently free up space. Additionally, files that don’t fall into either category have their own specific category.
CleanMyMac X locates as well. DMG files and archives are frequently found in other stores. These files can be safely deleted or relocated to a different folder or disc.
Try it now and see how it affects your Mac’s Other storage. You can free up a tonne of space just by deleting your old files, but the Other data category contains even more space hogs.
- Remove Any Unnecessary Files and Other Clutter from The System
Every time your Mac is turned on, the macOS creates and accumulates system files, such as logs. These files are eventually required by the system, but they quickly become out of date and simply sit there taking up disc space. They are also included in the Other Mac storage category, which is a surprise.
Even though most of these files are ephemeral, they remain until you take action. The challenge is that Apple hasn’t made deleting system files simple. This is for good reason—people frequently delete things they shouldn’t.
Let’s Inspect Your Library Folder
You can manually locate the location of most apps’ temporary files by going to /Library/Application Support.
You can find your applications in this folder, and a quick search will show that there is a lot of space being used up. For illustration, you can have terabytes of previous iOS backups stored
You could manually remove these, but using a specialized cleaning programme like CleanMyMac X is considerably safer and quicker. It has a System Junk module that hunts down unnecessary system files and recognizes which ones are okay to delete.
As seen above, deleting system files from Other Storage is simple:
Enter CleanMyMac X and select System Junk.
That’s basically it. Seriously. If you’ve never cleaned your Mac before, you’ll notice that following the system garbage cleanup, the OS X Other storage tab has significantly less space.
I also eliminated 16.69 GB of “System Junk” from my MacBook using this technique.
- Delete the Cache Files Under Other Data
The storage hog known as cache files is not merely another one. They frequently use terabytes of priceless storage space, making them one of the worst offenders. Browser, user, and system cache are the three primary types. Although cache files are designed to make your system run more quickly, as they grow larger over time, they begin to slow down your system.
On a Mac, manually clear the cache files:
Go to Go > Go To Folder in the menu.
Go after typing /Library/Caches.
Drag the Caches folder to your desktop while holding down the Option key as a backup in case something goes wrong.
Pick all of the Caches folder’s files.
Push them into the trash.
Clear the trash.
The same procedures apply for /Library/Caches (omitting the “”) and /Library/Logs. You may manually remove cache files from many folders if you have a little patience (read more detailed instructions on clearing cache).
- Remove App Plugins and Extensions from Other Storage
An additional cool Mac storage management method.
App add-ons are included under the Other storage category even though apps are, appropriately, listed as Apps on the Storage bar. App plugins and extensions most likely won’t occupy as much of your Mac’s Other space as some sorts of files.
But every little bit helps. Why not uninstall the extensions you don’t use to be safe and free up some extra Other storage space at the same time, seeing as how extensions can occasionally lead to other issues on your Mac?
Finding all of your add-ons can be difficult. Some of them you’ve forgotten you had (like the nCage Chrome extension), while others you weren’t even aware of.
The manual removal of extensions from Chrome, Firefox, and Safari is explained here.
Safari Can Be Made Extension-Free By:
Safari should be opened.
Click Preferences under the Safari menu.
choose the Extensions tab
Click “Uninstall” after selecting the extension you wish to get rid of.
Chrome’s Extensions Can Be Deleted as Follows:
In the top-right corner, click the three dots icon.
Select Extensions under More tools.
Decide whether to disable or remove it.
For Firefox to delete extensions:
Launch the Firefox web browser.
In the top-right corner, select the hamburger menu.
Disable and remove whatever you want from the Extensions and Plugins tabs.
Don’t immediately remove a plugin if you don’t know what it performs. First, try disabling it and check to see if your system and apps function as intended. Later, you can always take the add-on out. Remember that Chrome extensions cannot be automatically deleted.
However, we’ll provide you with a list of these extensions and instructions on how to manually remove them if you’d prefer.
- Remove Disc Images and Archives from Other Space
Usually, you store archives and photos for a specific purpose. However, you should also remove any unnecessary.zip and.dmg files from your Mac if you believe you may have amassed any of them.
These files can be located using Spotlight search:
Fill out the search field using DMG/ZIP.
Select This Mac’s Search.
Order the findings by Size.
All of the files in the format you’ve chosen, arranged by size, will be displayed by Finder. Clean out whatever you don’t need.
CleanMyMac X includes a special tool in the System Junk module that allows you to quickly and easily remove all of your old, unused disc images. Everything is organized so you know exactly what you’re getting rid of.
Go to CleanMyMac X’s System Junk module.
Once the scan is complete, click Review Details.
User cache files in the System Junk module of CleanMyMac X
You now have access to a thorough review of a few extremely niche file types that are ordinarily hidden from you. You’ll find Unused Disk Images among them (another name for DMG installations). Then there are Old Updates, which you should also get rid of. Old Updates are previous iterations of update files that you have already installed.
Do you frequently use Photoshop or Sketch as graphic editors? Then, you’ll probably find the Document Versions function to be fascinating. You may examine how much space huge document re-edits are using by selecting the Document Versions tab (System Junk > Scan > Review Details).
Imagine duplicating a 60 MB Photoshop file ten times with only minor variations. You can eliminate these interim revisions in CleanMyMac X. Additionally, the programme only stores the original file and its most recent change on the device, which is convenient.
- Remove Everything from The Other Disc Space.
The irony of that statement is not lost on us; even Other storage space has its own “other” files.
Additional Mac storage options include:
your user library’s files (screen savers, for example).
files that Spotlight search is unable to identify.
They often won’t make up as much of the Other data on your Mac as the cache files and other things we’ve removed. The following is how to erase screensavers, though, if you’re desperate to free up as much Other Mac storage as you can:
Choose Go > Go to Folder from the Menu bar.
Click Go after entering /System/Library/Screen Savers.
You can now view the screen saver files; while they are little, you can still delete them to be thorough.
There aren’t many files that Spotlight doesn’t recognize. They could consist of virtual machine hard drives or Windows Boot Camp partitions. You probably have nothing to look for if you don’t remember putting something similar on your Mac.
- Delete Support Files and Application Logs
The majority of the files that Mac apps create and store are logs and support files. These files remain idle and occupied on your hard disc after you delete the application. So getting rid of those is a good idea.
In order to access /Library/Application Support, use Command-Shift-G.
Search for any folders with the same name as the software you just uninstalled. Move those to the trash without risk.
Then, to remove more app-related files, proceed to the following locations:
And that’s it! I hope you were able to free up a few GBs in the Other storage area.
How Much of Your Mac’s Other Storage Can You Reasonably Anticipate Deleting?
Other data is a part of Mac that you can never completely delete, nor should you want to. No matter what category they fall under, it’s OK for required files to take up space.
Wasting important storage space is not acceptable. You can keep your hard disc organized and get rid of outdated, unnecessary information by doing a monthly cleanup.
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