What to Do When Your Mac’s Disk Space Is Filling Up

Macs come with a number of intuitive features that set them apart from other computers on the market. However, one problem that many Macs suffer from is a lack of storage space. The small storage capacities on Macs make it difficult to preserve

the files you care about. Yet there are some Mac storage tips you can take

advantage of to clear up more room.

Keep reading for a guide that’ll teach you how to free up your Mac

disk space.

Delete Files

If you’re like most computer users, odds are that you have plenty

of files taking up space that you don’t use often. An easy way to create more

storage space is to delete these files.

Although there are programs that can do it for you, going through

your hard drive yourself will give you more control over what you can delete.

Look for old photos, files you haven’t opened in months, and anything else that

you can get rid of.

When you start clearing out old files, it can be tempting to clean

out everything. Make sure you keep the sentimental things. You don’t want to

delete something then realize too late that you can’t get it back.

Uninstall Applications You Don’t Use

Aside from files, applications can also take up a lot of space on

your hard drive. Deleting some of the nonessential ones will also help to free

up space. Take a look at the ones taking up the most space, and consider

getting rid of them. You can always reinstall them at a later time.

Deleting applications on a Mac is easier than on a PC. On a PC,

you need to go through a separate program to delete them. However, on a Mac,

dragging application icons to the trash can is enough to get rid of them.

Make sure you delete icons from your application folder. Deleting

them from your Dock or Desktop will only delete the shortcut, keeping the

application itself on your computer.

Clear Your Trash

It can feel rewarding to go through and delete files. However,

understand that this is only part of the problem. After deleting them, make

sure you delete them from your trash as well. If you don’t, they can continue

to take up disk space.

To delete the files in your trash, Control + Click, then click

“Empty”. You can also use a keyboard shortcut to make it easier.

Press Shift + Option + Command + Delete to delete all of the files you have in

your trash.

Get an External Hard Drive

In some instances, deleting files isn’t enough. After going

through and clearing out files, you may find that you have as little Mac

storage space as you did before. In that case, consider getting an external

hard drive to help you store some of your files.

You can buy external hard drives online or in any tech store. They

come with different storage capacities, ranging from a few hundred gigabytes to

terabytes worth of storage space. Choose an option that will allow you to store

all of the files you need to.

Finding the right external hard drive can be difficult, as there are many options to choose from. Check out this guide to learn about how to choose the right external SSD for Mac.

Take Advantage of iCloud

If you’re unfamiliar with iCloud, you’re missing out on one of the

best parts of owning an Apple product. Using it will allow you to store your

files in an offsite location. In some cases, you can do it for free.

Any cloud-based storage system lets you store your files in a

server, then access them whenever you need to. Using Apple’s iCloud comes with

the benefit of letting you store your documents, photos, and other files on

your other Apple products as well. Upload a photo from your Mac to the cloud,

then look at it on your iPhone later.

iCloud comes with different storage plans to choose from. The first 5 GB of storage space is free. You can then choose from paid options that range from 50 GB to 2 TB. If you have many photos, videos, and other large file types, consider investing in a larger option.

Look Into Using Another Cloud-Based Storage System

For whatever reason, you may not want to use iCloud. However,

there are a number of other cloud-based storage programs that you can choose


If you’re a fan of Google, you can use Google Drive to store different files types. As with iCloud, there are different storage capacities and pricing options to choose from. You can also access these files on different devices, such as your phone and tablet.

Dropbox is another storage option to choose from. A great thing

about Dropbox is that it allows you to store many different file types. This

can be a great way to upload some file types that other clouds may not accept.

Upgrade to a Newer System

If you’ve done everything you can and can’t find a way to make

more space, it might be time to upgrade to a newer Mac. Most newer models come

with greater storage capacities, letting you store the files you care about

without worry.

Over time, a lack of storage space may prevent you from installing

the latest software updates that Apple releases. If you find yourself unable to

clear up enough room to update your software, it may be a sign that it’s time

to upgrade. 

Out of Disk Space? This Guide Should Help

Macs are great computers, but like any other computer, it can be

easy to run out of storage space. However, by following this guide and the tips

mentioned, you’ll be able to clear up disk space to keep doing what you need


Are you ready to go about freeing up space on Mac? Before you do,

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