Memory is one of the many expensive parts of a Mac, and you want to make sure it’s used properly. If it’s not done, you run the risk of running out of storage space on your Mac and then running out of space to install and use your favorite apps.
Your Mac lets you see what’s using your storage. If you’ve ever looked through this menu, you can see your files are divided into various categories like documents, photos, and apps.
One of these categories is Other, and other than telling you it contains other files, it doesn’t tell you exactly what those files are.
What is Other Storage on Mac?
We’ll take a look at exactly what Other Storage on your Mac is and how you can find and delete files for this category on your machine. You’ll want to do that, especially if Other is taking up a large portion of your hard drive or SSD.
The other storage category on your Mac has files that don’t usually fit into one of the other categories available there. It includes the following file types:
- Your documents include but are not limited to .doc, .docx, .pdf, etc.
- System and temporary files.
- Your user library file.
- Application installer (.dmg) and archive (.zip).
- The font is installed on your system.
- Plugins and extensions for your apps.
- Your iOS device backup.
In general, anything you don’t see in one of the other categories is here in the other.
Delete other archives on Mac
Since the Other category often contains files that aren’t used as much as other files on your Mac, finding and deleting those files to clean up Other storage is a task.
You’ll need to dig deeper into your Mac to find these system files, identify the ones you don’t need, and then delete them from your machine.
Search for other files with Finder & Delete Them
One of the ways to find files in the Other category on your Mac is to use the Finder. Since you now know what files are part of that category, you can search for them with a file manager and then delete them from your machine.
- Once inside a Finder window, click File at the top and select the option that says Find. It will allow you to find files that are available on your Mac.
- You can then go through your file list and delete the ones you no longer need.
Similarly, you can also perform searches for Other file types and delete files that you think you won’t need anymore on your Mac.
Browse system folders to delete files
Other also includes some of your system files, and you may want to delete these to clean up your other storage. You should exercise extreme caution when deleting these system files because deleting an important file will cause your Mac to malfunction.
However, there are certain types of system files such as cache files that you can safely delete without any problems.
Cache files are temporary files created by applications on your machine. You can safely delete them as they will be created automatically when you run your application again.
- Launch a Finder window, click To go at the top and select the option that says Go to Folder.
- When the Go To Folder screen opens, enter the following path and press enter.
~ / Library / Caches
- As a safety precaution, copy all the files and folders visible on your desktop to your desktop so you can restore them in case things start to go south.
- Select all files and folders, right click on any of them and select Move to Trash.
- Right click on Garbage in the Dock and select Empty the trash.
Your macOS cache files will disappear from your storage. Restart your machine and see if it works as it should. If so, you can go ahead and delete the backup stored on your desktop when you don’t need it.
Remove iOS backups from your Mac
iOS backups are also in the Other Storage category on your Mac, and if you no longer need these old backups, you should delete them from your machine. Deleting iOS backups frees up your Other storage and here’s how you do it.
- Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select About this Mac.
- Choose Warehouse tab and then click Manage next to your main Mac drive. It will open a detailed view of your storage.
- On the following screen, select iOS files from the left sidebar so your iOS backups are displayed on your screen. Then find the backups you no longer need and click X icons next to them. This will delete the selected backups from your Mac.
Delete Downloads Folder
You want to clean up the Downloads folder on your Mac because it usually contains your application installer (.dmg) and archive file (.zip) – both of which you won’t need after installing the app in most cases. all cases.
- Click To go in your Finder window and select Download.