How to Clear Storage on Mac: Quick Guide for MacBook Users


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Although Macs are loved for their high self-maintenance, they also require regular cleaning sessions to keep a good system operation and prevent different junk files from slowing down the whole system (not mentioning gigabytes of spare space you could use for your needs). Such junk files can be user log files, app leftovers, web temporary files and other things which you do not notice but which take a lot of space. Eventually, it may gradually turn your Mac into a pile of trash.

There are two ways how to clean up storage on Mac:

  • Manual
  • Automatic

In the first case, you should go through all the files on your Mac (which will be obviously time-consuming) and delete the ones you do not need anymore. However, it is not a guarantee of proper cleanup of the system. There are ways to save you time and make sure that all junk files are deleted: it can be the usage of either free built-in Mac utilities like Activity Monitor or one of the professional programs (like MacFly Pro) which can quickly and safely get rid of trash on your Mac.

Manual Cleanup

You should know that manual cleaning is not the best way to get rid of all the trash. The reason for that is simple: every app on your Mac is unique and there is no general scheme for removing the cache, temporary files, and installation support files safely. Different app developers create their own map of folders and files that are stored differently. So, it is pretty hard to find all of them manually and decide which ones are good to go and which ones are crucial for the system operating.

Certainly, you will not risk the health of your Mac removing these files randomly. You would have to contact the developers to find out where they keep their development junk and that is ridiculous. Instead, we would recommend using built-in Mac tools to check the heaviest files on your Mac.

Tips for Developers

One of the things you should know about development app junk is that these files cannot be found in specific folders and other storage as we already mentioned. It is a combination of support and temporary files which should disappear (and sometimes they don’t) and they are stored in different system directories. Often these files are invisible or just inaccessible for regular users and many of the leftover files may never be used again by Mac system.

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If you are an app developer, you are using XCode and that is obvious. You can be surprised but lots of your disk space is taken with old cache files and other junk that this XCode is consuming. You may not even notice that until it impacts directly the overall performance of your Mac. So cleaning up XCode development junk regularly is a good idea for keeping the operation system safe and sound. If you are sure you can go through all the libraries manually to remove all XCode junk, here is a list of paths you would require:

~/Library/Developer/Xcode/DerivedData
~/Library/Developer/Xcode/Archives
~/Library/Developer/Xcode/iOS DeviceSupport
~/Library/Developer/CoreSimulator
~/Library/Caches/com.apple.dt.Xcode
~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

Attention: we do not take responsibility for the possible damage you could do or loss of important information when cleaning XCode libraries manually. Thus, go this path at your own risk only if you are sure you can clear up storage.

Cleanup with the Third-Party Apps

Instead of regular manual cleaning, you could trust these cleanup sessions to MacFly Pro. Such automatic programs work 24/7 and take care of all the files that are impossible to see and remove manually. It includes duplicate files, cache, app leftovers, log files and mail attachments. MacFly Pro can check if your disk full, clean up your hard drive, reduce usage of memory by apps, safely uninstall the apps you do not need and manage large documents.

It has an intuitive and user-friendly design, so it is quite easy to use and navigate once you open the program. You should agree that your time is very valuable and spending a few hours on manual cleaning of junk files is silly. Future is almost here: make your life easier! And what is the best way to how to free up storage on Mac for you?