Keeping up with the ever-evolving digital world isn’t a piece of cake, especially for your Mac computer. The device is constantly accumulating data in the form of videos, pictures, applications, documents, email attachments, and so on. You might be fully dependent on your computer for work and entertainment purposes and may even forget that it comes with limited storage space.
So, you keep filling up your Mac computer, ignoring the slowed-down performance of your system because it cannot function any more under the pressure of too many files and documents. However, the day you see the dreaded message saying, “Your disk is almost full,’ you are zapped back to reality.
Worry not because the notification is simply a warning. It is not a death knell for your computer. There’s time for you to fix things and boost your computer’s speed.
Let’s take a look at how you can transform your storage-crammed MacBook into a spacious haven.
Single Out The Storage Hogs
Do not start your storage-reclaiming mission without knowing the culprits. It is critical to know which offenders are consuming the most storage space. This will assist you in prioritizing your cleanup efforts.
You can uncover the offenders by launching Finder > clicking Go > Storage. You will see a pie chart on your screen showing you the current storage space. Click the Manage button, and you will get a detailed breakdown of which apps, documents, or files are hogging the maximum space.
Search Large Files
Large files are undoubtedly the biggest space wasters. You can search your Mac for large files by going to System Settings > General > Storage > clicking the info icon next to Documents. You can repeat the same process with applications.
However, if you don’t want to waste your time by manually searching for large files, you can use applications like CleanMyMac X. The software is known for clearly laying out the files, so you can sort them by size and decide which ones can be discarded.
Tame The Downloads Folder
The Downloads folder sneakily takes up a lot of storage space. In this folder, you will find files, downloaded pictures, email attachments, music, and movies that you no longer need. Also, this is the folder that stores duplicates because you may have copied the downloaded items to another folder for better accessibility and organization.
Therefore, you must regularly monitor the Downloads folder. Purge all the unwanted and old files from the folder to free up storage space.
Unclutter The Application Library
Applications and their associated files and data can take up a lot of storage space on your Mac. The funny thing is, you probably don’t need all the applications installed on your computer. Review the Application library and uninstall the apps you no longer need.
Empty The Bin
The Bin or Trash is where all the deleted files, documents, pictures, and apps are sent. So, technically, the deleted items are not fully deleted, but they are still consuming your system’s storage space.
Reclaiming space means regularly reviewing and deleting the files in the Bin. However, before emptying the Bin, ensure there are no accidental deletions. Once the Bin is emptied, the items are permanently gone. You cannot recover them anymore.
Embrace Cloud Storage For Your Precious Videos And Photos
Media files like videos and photos can take up significant storage space because they are large files, especially the ones whose quality is top-notch.
If you don’t want to lose your precious photos and videos, you can transfer them to iCloud. This is Apple’s default cloud storage solution. You will get 5GB of free cloud storage space, and if you want more, you can upgrade the storage plan.
Then, upload the media files to the cloud. Remember to turn on sync so you can access them across your Apple devices.
Cull Redundant Mail Attachments
With time, you might have accumulated a large amount of mail attachments on your Mac computer. If the attachments contain documents, images, and other large files, they might end up consuming valuable space.
Reclaim storage space by deleting unnecessary mail attachments.
If there are essential files that you need, you can harness the power of compression to reduce their size. Compression doesn’t compromise quality while reducing the size. Hence, it might be a good option for your large files, such as pictures, videos, etc.
You can compress a file by opening it in Finder and then right-clicking on the file and choosing Compress. A zipped version of the file that occupies less storage space will be created.
These are some handy tips you can implement to quickly free up storage space on your Mac. Remember, reclaiming storage space will debloat your Mac and ensure it can perform to its full potential.
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