How do I free up space on my Mac's hard drive?

We recently told you why Macs can be slow. One of the reasons is the insufficient free space on the hard disk. In this article, we will share tips to help you free up hard drive space on your Mac.

How to free up space on your Mac

Delete disk images

For many Mac users, the folder Downloads It contains a large number of disk images with programs that were only needed to install programs and now only take up disk space. To get rid of disk images once and for all, open the folder Downloads en Finder. Then enter the phrase "disk image" in the search box. Now you can immediately delete all the .dmg and .iso files that are taking up space on your hard drive.

Delete email attachments

If you are using the standard mail application on OS X, when viewing attachments, the system saves them in a separate folder on your hard drive. During several months of working with an email client, the size of a folder can grow to several GB.

The easiest way to find this folder is by searching for Spotlight. In the search box, enter "Mail downloads."

If this method didn't work, use the function Finder: go to folder Shift + Cmd + G. Enter in the field:

~ / Library / Containers / com.apple.mail / Data / Library / Mail

After opening the folder, you can keep some important files in documents or delete all files at once.

Clearing the cache

We often hear the advice that you should clear the "cache" in case of browser problems. However, OS X stores a large number of cache files, and not just browser-related. You can find all the cache files in the ~ / Library / Caches folder. You can also use the special Cocktail program, the most convenient utility for clearing cache files and more.

The free version has a limit of 10 releases, later you can buy a license for $ 20.

Delete unnecessary program files

If you, like me, often install new apps to test them and then uninstall them, then you probably know that the files associated with them remain on the system anyway. To easily delete these files, use the free Apptrap program.

Apptrap runs constantly in the background and only kicks in when an app is removed from the trash. The files associated with this program will appear in the Apptrap. You can leave them or also send them to the trash.