How to completely clean up MAC from system junk?

August 31st 21 at 21:54
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August 31st 21 at 22:32
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Modern Macs are usually equipped with a 128GB or 256GB SSD drive. That's not much, and macOS tends to slow down on an overcrowded drive. There are apps that let you automatically clean up your Mac's storage, like MacFly Pro.

MacFly Pro is extremely easy to use. Generally speaking, this application scans your Mac for unnecessary memory clogging files, which can include temporary files, duplicate files, email attachments and so on. When the scan is complete, you can delete these files with the click of a button.

But you can also clean up your drive yourself - learn how to clear system storage on MAC.

Remove unused apps

If you've been using your Mac for a while, there are probably tons of programs that you no longer need. Uninstall them, since they're easy to reinstall anyway.

To do this, open your Programs folder, go to the List view, then right-click on the file attribute columns and add an option such as "Last Opened Date" to it.

Select those programs that have been sitting idle for a long time and delete them. By default, macOS just moves apps to the trash, but they can leave behind settings files and other junk. It doesn't take up much space, but you can get rid of it, too, if you use the MacPro uninstaller.

Delete or transfer large files to an external drive

Sometimes we keep on disk very big files that we can do without. For example, an archive of videos that you treasure but don't watch every day doesn't cost much to move to an external hard drive.

macOS Sierra and older versions have a built-in tool for estimating disk space. Click Apple, About This Mac, Storage, Manage, and the recommendations for freeing up space on your Mac will open. Locate "Garbage Removal" and click "View Files".

The system will display the largest files on your drive. Check the ones you want and click the "Show in Finder" button at the bottom. Then plug in your external hard drive and transfer them there. You can simply delete any documents you don't need.

If you have an older version of the system, you won't have this built-in tool. But you can use macfly pro instead.

Erase unnecessary language files

By default, macOS has a bunch of localizations that also take up space. This is done so that you can quickly switch from one language to another without having to wait to download special packages from the internet. But it is unlikely you speak Moldavian, Albanian, and Swahili at the same time, so you can remove unnecessary localizations, too.

Get rid of "Mail" attachments

The e-mail attachments we receive in the built-in Mail program are saved to your hard drive and also take up a fair amount of space. So it's worth deleting them as well. To do this in Finder, click Go to → Go to folder... and open the following address: ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Mail Downloads. These files can be deleted.

Erase duplicate files

Often there are duplicate files piled up on a drive but they are not very different from each other. These are photos, document copies, and other content which are also worth getting rid of.

But manually searching for duplicates is too long and tedious. Macflypro.com can help you. Add the folders you want to scan for the same files, wait a while, and the program will tell you what to keep and what to delete.

Clean up your Downloads folder

If you don't take apart your Downloads folder from time to time, its contents will start to actively consume precious disk space. So open it up and delete what you're sure you won't use. You can do this by sorting the documents by the date they were added to the Downloads folder so that you can immediately see the oldest and long-needed ones.

Erase the voice files

A Mac can read your selected text out loud in different voices. If you don't use this feature, you can delete the voice files. To do this, type a command into the Terminal.

Clean up the desktop

The story with the desktop is the same as with "Downloads." New files are constantly piled in there, and gradually it turns into a dump. This is not a good thing, because, with a clogged desktop, your Mac starts to slow down.

Remove what you don't need from your desktop, and keep important documents in your home folder. And from now on, try not to clutter up that space.

Delete iPhone and iPad backups

You probably connect your iPhone to your Mac with a cable and make backups through iTunes on older versions of macOS or Finder in macOS Catalina. They can take up a lot of space, so it's worth deleting them.

You can of course clean the drive yourself, but it's much faster and easier to do with macflypro.

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