“Your disk is almost full. Save space by optimizing storage”. Does it sound familiar?
The notification pops up out of nowhere on your screen, always when you’re the busiest. You might even feel frustrated because you never thought about it before.
Next, you wonder how to free up your MacBook storage.
This article is for you. In 5 min, you’ll find the solution to your problem.
I – How to know when your storage is full?
The easiest way to know how much space you have left on your Mac is by checking your storage.
- Click on the Apple logo => About This Mac => Storage
You may need to wait a few minutes for your Mac to calculate your storage space. Once it has done so, you’ll see different colours that identify the files’ category using up storage and the available storage.
II – Storage Management tool on MacBook
The storage management tool provides recommendations for easily optimizing your MacBook storage.
Four space-clearing options :
- Store in iCloud: Store any files and photos on iCloud to save space on your Mac.
- Optimize Storage: Delete movies and shows you’ve already watched on Apple TV.
- Empty Trash Automatically: Clear your trash monthly to save up space.
- Reduce Clutter: Enables you to see what are the largest files on your laptop. Then, you can delete them.
You can directly delete unnecessary files from the left sidebar categories (Applications, Documents, Podcasts) to save time.
III – Mac Cleaner Apps
Mac cleaner applications are the best and fastest way to free up storage space on your MacBook. The Internet offers a wealth of information about it, but two apps stand out from the rest.
1. CleanMyMac X
CleanMyMac X is a cleaning software that offers optimized tools to clean your system storage. It will:
- Liberate digital space on your Mac.
- Remove and protect your system from malware apps.
- Delete unnecessary files and clear your cache.
- Lighten your Mac to bolster its speed and performance.
CleanMyMac X has a user-friendly interface you can use to identify areas you need to clean on your mac. The Smart Scan tool will suggest easy optimization tasks you can run to free up space storage.
2. Gemini 2
Gemini 2 is also a software you can use to gain space storage. The purpose is to detect and delete duplicate files (photos, songs) to recover your Mac space.
The tool is very intuitive. In a few minutes, Gemini 2 scans duplicates and offers you to delete them in a click. You don’t have to spend hours checking for duplicates on iPhotos and iTunes anymore.
IV – Regular cleaning
Your Mac is like a house. You have to dust it off every once in a while to keep it clean, spacious and performant. Below are suggestions to keep your system storage available.
1. Empty the Bin
It seems obvious to get rid of unnecessary files and move them in the Bin. You probably know that files in the trash still exist on your Mac and even take up storage space. That’s why it’s essential to empty the Bin every week or every month.
2. Delete app cache
Caches are system files — similar to task shortcuts — created when an application or a browser performs a specific task. Both browser and app caches allow your Mac to accomplish a task faster by remembering which actions it performed last time.
While app caches are files, they produce unnecessary system junk and can slow down your Mac or clog up the storage when too many are stored. This is why clearing your cache regularly is recommended.
Deleting cache files or folders from your Mac is risky if you’re not familiar with the method. You might accidentally remove some critical system files. The best approach is to use CleanMyMac X to delete cache files safely.
3. Delete Downloads
The Download folder is the place where almost all the files you saved on your Mac are. It can be full of stuff you might no longer need. Therefore, check often to see what you can delete to save up space on your Mac.
4. Uninstall unused apps
We sometimes download apps and forget to delete them once unnecessary. Thus, some apps take up a lot of storage space for nothing. Let’s fix this bad habit.
You can remove unused apps manually. Go to Launchpad to see the apps installed on your Mac and move them to the Bin. Another option is CleanMyMac X, which will remove the apps and all the files associated with them.
You are ready!
Congrats! In 5 min, you found the best ways to free up your MacBook storage. You’re now ready to put an end to the pop-up notification and increase your Mac performance.
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