tips to have more hard drive space on mac

No matter how big of a hard drive you have, it will fill up eventually. And even though some may think a hard drive with a larger capacity will solve all of your problems, they are probably wrong. 

This is because gathering files and apps and never deleting them is a bad habit, and it will not go away if you buy a new hard drive with higher capacity – you will most likely fill it up too. Which is bad, especially for Macs – then they become slower and not as efficient.

And who wants a slow and inefficient Mac as a result? Nobody does, because Macs have always been valued for their speed and effectiveness. Therefore today, we want to share some tips that will help you have more hard drive space on your Mac. And a faster Mac as a result.

Tip #1: Uninstall Apps You Do Not Use

There is no Mac that has no applications – but some of them really have too much of them. Apps are such a thing – it is something new people like to try out, either it is for fun and entertainment or for productivity enhancement. 

But the biggest problem is that after we download those apps and try them out, we often forget about them. And even though there might be a pile of unused apps that are taking up valuable hard drive space, we often forget to uninstall them.

For those of you who have a bunch of apps like these but do not have time – it is recommended to use the software that will help clean and uninstall such apps in no time. But if you want to do it manually, you can check how much space is used by apps by clicking on the Apple icon, going to the option About This Mac, and clicking Storage.

Tip #2: Delete Files You Do Not Need

Delete Files You Do Not Need

After you cleaned up your apps and checked out the storage statistics, you know how much space was used by the apps you don’t need and how much of hard drive space is still occupied by various formats of files.

If you can clearly see that you have a problem with storing too many files on your hard drive and that the free disk space is less than 10-15%, then a full hard drive should be slowing down your Mac, and it shouldn’t be hard to tell.

Therefore try to delete as many unneeded files as possible. If you find it difficult to say goodbye to files like your old videos or photographs from when you traveled worldwide, simply purchase an external hard drive or think about checking out some best cloud storage services that will make your files easier to access from any device. 

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Tip #3: Do Not Forget the Desktop & Trash Bin

Forget the Desktop & Trash Bin

After you deleted a bunch of files that you no longer needed, always remember to empty your Trash Bin afterward. If you want – all of the files that you just deleted will keep lingering around in your Trash Bin. Which means your Mac’s speed won’t get any better.

In fact, the best way to go is to make it a healthy habit – each time you finish working with your computer, clean your Desktop and afterward – empty your Trash Bin.

Cleaning your Desktop will make you more productive and efficient because you will be able to find the needed files faster, and you shall avoid stupid mistakes. Also, your Mac uses its resources to display each icon on your Desktop – so the less you have, the better. 

Tip #4: Empty Cache Files

Empty Cache Files

To store all kinds of information, most applications create and use cache files. And even though macOS is known to be very good at cleaning itself – it cannot clean everything. Over time, these apps that create cache files might and will accumulate large piles of cache files.

And just as it is with too many apps and files on your computer – cache files take up valuable storage space on your hard drive and make your Mac run slower. For example, internet browsers save browser cache files so that your most often visited websites would load faster. 

Luckily, such cache files are safe to delete – because if an application really needs it to function properly, it will just create a new file. You can find these files either going to Your Home Folder, clicking the Library, and choosing Cache or going to Macintosh HD, clicking the Library, and then choosing Cache.