More often than not, we are finding that our hard disk is filling up every time we use the Mac. One of the reasons for this is the temporary files.
They can potentially take up a lot of space on your device and also make it slow. All you have to do is delete those temporary files on the Mac to regain extra storage.
So we’ll be discussing the best ways to get rid of them. Before go through the steps and solutions, we’ll discuss briefly what temporary files are.
The temporary files are created by a program on your Mac to keep the data temporarily. As the name suggests, these files are temporary and will be deleted automatically over time.
Following are the 4 types of temporary files on your Mac:
- Intermediate document versions
- Outdated system logs
- Browser cookies
- Application cache
Temporary files can be deleted by two methods. The first is manual deletion which may be risky and the second is using tools that will save you time.
First Things First:
We’re always going to recommend and remind MacBook owners to make a backup before running any type tool, either with Apple’s Time Machine, a 3rd party tool or via the cloud.
It is also advisable to close all of your applications other than the tools outlined here.
How to remove junk files on your Mac with CleanMyMac X?
1.Download CleanMyMac X for free here.
2. Launch it and select System Junk from the list of features on the left.
3. Click Scan.
4. After the scan is done, click Review Details.
5. Check the boxes opposite to User Cache Files, System Cache Files, Language Files, and other items you want to delete.
- Click Clean.
Download CleanMyMac X v4.
Find Duplicates with Gemini 2
One of the only features missing from CleanMyMac X is the ability to search for and remove duplicates. The good news, the same developer of CleanMyMac X has Gemini 2 available as a stand-a-lone app to do just that job. This isn’t related to tracking down and removing temporary files, but it is a great tool for organizing your files and removing duplicates that you no longer need.
1.Click on the big + sign or drag and drop your folders to scan.
2.Your scan is now completed, and you may Review Resultsor proceed with Smart Cleanup.
Download Gemini here.
Closing Applications and Restarting Your Mac
As previously stated, temporary files are generated by the applications, and also the MacOS itself. So closing applications can remove some of those temporary files, and also restarting your Mac can do the same.
- Press and hold Power button for 2 seconds.
- Choose Restart, Sleep or Shut Down in the menu that appears.
Emptying the Trash
Launch the Finder application by clicking on its icon in the Mac OS Dock. Open the Finder menu and select “Empty Trash.” The Trash folder can sometimes contain temporary files that have not been properly deleted by applications.
- Go and select Finder located at the top left corner.
- Select Empty Trash.
Before you go about deleting your cache and temp files, keep in mind, cache and temp files are designed to improve the performance of an app or service. One of the methods we have not shown is how to manually delete the cache and temp files, as that could lead to some serious problems with the functionality of your Mac.
Unless you’re having issues, such as needing more free space, or an app is not functioning properly, it’s probably better to leave the cache and temp files alone and let your Mac manage them. Alternatively, any of the apps outlined would be the safe alternatives to removing the cache and temporary files.
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