Easy Steps to Free up Storage Space on MacBooks

If you notice that your MacBook has been underperforming lately, the lack of drive space could be the cause behind it. Despite its multiple advantages, Apple computers are still in a relatively bad spot as far as available storage goes.

As a rule of thumb, at least 15 percent of total computer drive storage should be free. Less than that, and you are in trouble.

Luckily, the problem is not as difficult, and you should not have issues freeing up the MacBook’s disk space. To help you with that, here are some neat tips that you can use.

Remove Old Files

Start by figuring out which files are taking up the most space on the drive. Look at the list of MacBook apps and remove the ones you no longer need. In case you need to use an app later, there is an option to download it from the official App Store and reinstall the app.

The downloads folder may also have more files than you expect. Perhaps you have forgotten about downloading some documents, pictures, or another type of data that is taking precious drive space. If so, do not hesitate and get rid of any files you no longer need.

Also, if you delete files by dragging them in the Trash Bin instead of using a keyboard shortcut, remember to empty the Trash Bin every time you put a file in it.

Take Advantage of Cloud Storage

There ought to be some files you do not wish to delete. If so, why not transfer them to cloud storage? Services like iCloud offer five gigabytes of free storage. Moreover, if you want to expand on that, you can purchase an upgraded plan with a monthly fee. You can get as much as two terabytes of cloud storage by paying 10 dollars every month.

Of course, there are cloud storage services, like Google One and Dropbox, but for someone who owns a MacBook, iCloud is a more convenient option. 

Besides transferring data from your laptop, you can also use it as a location to create data backups. Not to mention syncing your other Apple devices like iPhone and iPad with the iCloud account and creating a small ecosystem that allows sharing and accessing iCloud data on these devices.

Delete Temporary Storage

App extensions, caches, plugins, and old system backups are known as temporary storage. The tricky part with these files is that to delete them manually; you would have to tinker with the system settings to access the data first. There is also a possibility of deleting an important file accidentally without the option to restore it.

Instead of struggling with manual work, get a cleanup utility tool that can do the task for you automatically. Some of the best mac cleaners of 2021, including CleanMyMac X, Disk Doctor, and Gemini 2, locate redundant system junk for you. You can then select which files you want to remove from the system and leave the rest to the software.

Investing in such a cleanup utility tool is worth it because you will need to remove system junk regularly. And the more often you do it, the more you can get out of your MacBook.

Grab an External Hard Drive

An external hard drive is similar to cloud storage, except that you will have a piece of hardware instead of managing your data digitally. Also, unlike iCloud, a hard drive does not have a monthly fee, yet it can offer as much as a couple of terabytes of storage.

In addition to having a device to store your files, you can also combine the hard drive with Time Machine and set up a data backup routine to give yourself some peace of mind. 

Scan for Malware

Some types of malware are a hindrance to the MacBook’s battery; other types put a toll on the overall performance and slow down the computer. And then there are viruses that eat the drive’s space.

You need to keep tabs on the system’s security and make sure that the MacBook is malware-free. Consider installing reliable antivirus software but do not leave it just running in the background. It is possible that the antivirus may not locate some threats by itself and will need to run a custom disk scan. 

Reinstall the Operating System

Sometimes, giving a MacBook’s drive a fresh start is the best way to go. If you continue to encounter storage problems despite trying the ideas mentioned in this article, reinstalling macOS should fix most if not all problems with the laptop’s storage.

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