How to Manage Macbook Storage Better?

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Updated: Mar 26, 2020

When someone switches from Windows to macOS and purchases a Macbook, he or she finds it surprising that there is so little space on the disk. If you are not careful, you could end up with the lack of storage space and experience a drop in your Mac’s performance.

It takes a while getting used to as managing storage space comes with restrictions due to less space available. If you are struggling and find it difficult to free up disk space on a Macbook, consider making use of these tips.

Tip #1 – Delete Backups

Depending on how many files you have stored on your other Apple devices, the backup on a Macbook could be really big.

Having backups is a good idea in general as you can restore the data in case something happens. Nevertheless, if it takes too much disk space, you will have to look for other storage options for the backups and delete them from the computer.

Tip #2 – Delete Downloads and Email Attachments

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You will want to delete mac downloads folder, especially if you did not have a chance to do so before. A lot of useless junk probably accumulated over the years. 

The same thing likely applies to an email attachments folder. Every attachment you double-click while viewing the email is saved in the mail folder. So if you are looking to make more space on the disk, it would be worth it to take a look at both mail and downloads folder and get rid of any files that no longer serve any purpose.

Tip #3 – Scan for Viruses Other Threats

There are various cybersecurity threats that cause multiple problems. A simple virus could end up consuming a lot of disk space. On top of that, you will not be able to reveal it without proper measures.

Anti-virus software should be on every computer, including your Macbook. And do not let it just run idly in the background. Do regular scans, like once every week. That will provide you with peace of mind and help with avoiding any potential threats. 

Tip #4 – Get Rid of Duplicates

Removing files that offer no merit is a straightforward method to create more disk space. And it so happens that duplicates also hold no significant value. Some users do not even realize how many duplicates accumulate over the years.

Finding them manually is a tough thing. You would be better off getting a utility cleanup software like CleanMyMac X. 

Tip #5 – Remove Caches

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Caches are temporary files that are created to speed up the process for applications. For instance, if you are using a browser, a cache helps with jumping from one page to the next without needing to download information every time.

Naturally, the more applications you use, the more cache files you will have. So when you delete an application, do not neglect to take care of cache files as well. And do not worry whether there will be problems in case you decide to reinstall the same application. Deleted caches will get created automatically. 

Tip #6 – Uninstall Unused Applications

If you like to hoard applications, do not be surprised to find that they take the most space out of any type of file on your Macbook. Launch Finder and open the App section. Sort them by “Date Modified” to find out which apps were not used for the longest.

You can also sort by size and to see which applications take the most disk space. To delete an app, click on it on the Finder and drag the icon in the Trash Can on the Dock bar below. And remember that you will need to empty the Trash Can. Otherwise, you will only have transferred applications to another location instead of removing them for good. 

Tip #7 – Use Cloud-Based Services

iCloud and Dropbox are great if you want to make extra disk space and still have a way to access certain files without any problems. Cloud-based software is a safe method to store files and access them so long as you have an internet connection.

The services are free. iCloud offers 5 gigabytes to everyone. And in case you want extra space, you can upgrade the plan by spending a few dollars every month. 

Tip #8 – Purchase External Storage Devices

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Similar to cloud-based services, external storage devices can also do wonders for those who have a lot of files but lack space on their Macbook. Flash drives, external hard drives, even compact disks are great and will do their job.

So to sum it all up, these tips ought to be more than enough to everyone who is experiencing problems with managing storage on their Macbooks. And keep in mind that the more of these tips you apply, the better off you will be.

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Sophia Rodreguaze


Sophia is the contributing editor at She writes about anything and everything related to technology.

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