Has your once speedy Mac become sluggish and lost its speed? If you see the spinning beach ball on your screen frequently, it is time to perform some maintenance on your Mac to boost its performance. While updating Mac’s software, disabling the dashboard, and scanning for malware are all wonderful ways to speed up your Mac, the easiest would be to start by clearing hard disk space. By freeing space on your Mac, you can quickly enhance its performance. Keep reading to know what you should start deleting.
- Empty Your Trash Cans
Similar to the Recycle Bin on Windows, Mac has the Trash. Instead of files being deleted permanently from the Finder, they’re sent to the Trash so that they can be restored if you change your mind. This means that even though you’ve deleted the files, they still exist on your system and take up precious space. You have to completely remove these files and for that, you need to empty your Trash.
The problem is that Macs have more than one trash can. So, you’ll have to clear all of them.
For the main trash can, right-click or Control-click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash. This is going to delete the files that you’ve sent to the trash from the Finder. But, you also have to delete the files in the trash cans of your music and gallery.
- Delete Downloads on Mac
Even though this tip appears to be obvious, a lot of people forget to delete the items from their Downloads. A majority of Mac users don’t even remember that there’s a Downloads Folder that might contain a lot of files. This folder is usually filled with huge files that you might not even need any longer.
Want to know how to delete downloads on Mac? You have to open Finder > Downloads Folder > start deleting all the files that you don’t need. To quickly delete the biggest files that are taking up a lot of space, you can sort the files by size. Also, remember to look inside the folders because every time you open an archive file, it unzips automatically into a folder. Those folders might be sitting there innocuously, but take up tons of space on your hard disk.
- Clean Up Email Attachments
Do you want to automatically delete old attachments? If so, you need to utilize CleanMyMac because this is the easiest way to clean up all of your email attachments that are taking up a lot of space on your system. You have to run a scan, go to Mail Attachments and find the attachments that can be removed. Click Clean and your system will be free of the attachments.
Also, you don’t need to worry too much if you’ve deleted attachments that you might need later because the attachments are still on your email service (if you’re using IMAP). So, you can always retrieve the attachments when you need them.
- Uninstall Applications You Don’t Use
The apps that you keep downloading on your Mac are taking up a lot of space. So, you need to delete the apps that you don’t need anymore. All you have to do is open a Finder window > select Applications > drag and drop the app’s icons to the trash can on your dock. It is that simple!
From the Finder window, you can also figure out which apps are taking up a lot of space. You have to go to Applications > click Show items in a list > click size heading and sort your apps by size. Delete the ones that are making your system slow.
- Clear Out Temporary Files
It might be that your device has run out of space because the temporary files are taking a lot of space and you don’t even need those files. Even though Mac OS X automatically removes temporary, you might still need a dedicated app to find more files and remove them. Now, clearing these files might not make your Mac blazing fast, but it will free up disk space and that will affect the performance of your system. Also, remember to check your web browser and clear all the data if you don’t need them. You can clear the cache so that web pages load faster in the future.
To find all the temporary files on your Mac, you can go to Finder and use Go > go to Folder > use ~/Library/Caches to find the cache folder. This will help you to delete files manually.
It is a known fact that when a device starts getting full with a lot of applications and files, it starts to slow down because there isn’t enough memory or space. So, keep your Mac clean and frequently perform clean up to keep your device in good shape.