System storage space is getting more and more precious, with all the photos, music, apps, and other content we download. This post will show you 4 different ways to clear system storage on Mac that take between 2 seconds to 30 minutes.
1. Empty Trash
The trash is where most people go first when trying to clear out space. If you're looking for a fast solution, this one is your best bet. Just click Finder > Empty Trash and OS X will remove files that have been sitting in the trash for 30 days.
One caveat: if there are large files in the trash, it can take some time to clear it completely.
2. One-Click Clear
If you need to clear out a lot of space, but don't want to go through the time or effort to individually select each file and folder in the Trash, check out the One-Click Clear function built into OS X. It can remove files permanently without any action on your part, other than checking a box. This is a good choice if you'll be using your Mac soon (i.e. before 30 days).
To get started, click Finder > One-Click Clear > Select the items you want to clear.
3. Finder > Empty the Trash
You can also empty the Trash manually, without having to run through a full clean-up operation. This can be a good choice if you're done with a file or if you want to remove it from trash but aren't quite ready for it to be permanently removed from your Mac's storage.
To do this, open Finder and select the Trash. Locate the file or folder you want to remove, and drag it onto the Trash. This will remove it permanently from your Mac's storage, but it also deletes all of its contents from your Mac's memory.
To permanently remove the selected items from your Mac:
Open Finder and select the Trash. Locate the file or folder you want to remove, and drag it onto the Trash. This will remove it permanently from your Mac's storage, but it also deletes all of its contents from your Mac's memory.
Note: You can also select and drag a file or folder to the Trash from a Finder window. However, it will not delete the content associated with that file or folder; it will only remove the item from storage.
4. Use an app to clean files on your Mac
There are a number of apps that include system storage cleaning as a feature. These are usually apps that focus exclusively on one thing – like freeing up space – and they can do it more effectively than using the Trash or Finder alone.
For example, MacKeeper is a utility that includes features such as duplicate file deletion, shredding files and pesky cyber-threats. It also includes an option to free up storage space through a one-click process.
Also, if you're looking to clear out system storage on Mac, you might want to try the app Deep Cleaner. It offers an easy solution to deleting old files that are taking up space on your Mac; Deep Cleaner can give you up to 200 MB of storage for personal files (or 400 MB for a professional account). Plus, all personal files are backed up and deleted permanently, which means there's no chance of any data loss.