When you view your storage capacity, you see categories that you recognize, such as Apps, Movies, Audio, Photos, and Backups. You likely also see categories that you may not recognize, such as Other. If this category is especially full, then you may be confused as to what exactly this Other space is, that’s taking up so much of your storage.
Put simply, Other storage on your Mac consists of files that don’t fall into clear cut categories such as Audio, Photos, and more. Other includes files such as PDF’s, .doc files, Mac OS X system and temporary files, cache files such as browser and system cache, disk images, app plugins, extensions, .dmg files, and anything else of the like. If you’re running low on storage, it makes sense that you would want to get rid of the Other files on your system. While, you can’t completely get rid of Other, you can easily reduce the amount of storage space Other takes up.
Using the methods below, you can clean up various Other files. You don’t have to be an advanced user in order to clean up the Other storage on your Mac. The processes below are very easy to carry out, and will require a few moments of your time. After you follow the steps below, you’ll have extra storage that can be used on more important things. In order to get started, and learn how you can delete the files in Other on your Mac, follow the simple instructions below.
Remove Documents from Other Storage on Your Mac
You, like most people, probably believe that text documents take up a large amount of storage, however, the size of .pages and .csv files is much greater. This is before you begin adding images, downloading eBooks, and creating other big projects. Eventually, over time, your Other documents can get so large, that take up an unruly amount of space.
Luckily, there’s a way you can easily remove the unnecessary documents from your Other storage. The process is very easy to carry out and will only require a few moments of your time. In order to get started and remove documents from your Other storage on your Mac, follow the simple instructions below.
1. Navigate to your desktop, on your Mac.
2. Press the command + F keys on your keyboard.
3. Click on This Mac.
4. You will now see two drop-down menus. From the first drop-down menu, click on Other.
5. From the window that pops up, select File Size and File extension.
6. You now have the ability to input various document file types (.pdf, .pages, etc.), and file sizes, in order to find large documents on your system. Use this capability to search for various files.
7. Review the items that appears, and delete them, as you normally would.
Although, this process is a bit tedious, it proves wonders in reducing how much storage is taken up on your Mac. If you delete your unnecessary large files through use of the method above, you’ll be surprised to learn how much storage frees up on your Mac. Even though the process above may take some time and effort, it will prove to be very beneficial in the end.
Delete Cache Files from Other Storage
Cache files are also stored in the Other section on your Mac. For those of you who are unaware, cache is a temporary storage space on your Mac that allows you to easily access data on your Mac, that you’ve accessed before. An example of cache is when you visit a website on your web browser.
The websites data is stored in cache, and the next time you go on that website, the data can be loaded from the previous saved cache. Cache saves users a lot of time, and is meant to make your system work more efficiently. However, ironically, over time cache can build up, and actually slow your system down. The most common types of cache are browser cache, user cache, and system cache.
Believe it or not, cache can actually end up taking many gigabytes of your storage. Luckily, there’s an easy method you can carry out, in order to clear the cache saved on your system. In order to get started and clear the cache on your Mac, follow the simple instructions below.
1. Launch Finder.
2. Using the menu bar on the top left of your screen, click on Go.
3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Go To Folder.
4. In the window that pops up, enter ~/Library/Caches.
5. Click on Go.
6. Press and hold the option key, and drag the Caches folder to your desktop as a backup, in case something goes wrong.
7. Select all the files in the Caches folder.
8. Drag all of the files to the Trash.
9. Launch Trash.
10. Click on Empty Trash.
Follow the exact same steps above for /Library/Caches and ~/Library/Logs. Cache files exist in various folders on your system, and with some effort, you can easily clear them all out of your system, manually. Once you clear all of your cache files, you’ll be surprised at how much storage space you have available on your Mac.
This process is just about navigating to the cache folders. Once you find your cache files, you can see from the method above, that all you need to do is delete the files, just as you would normally delete any file on your Mac. The process will only take a few moments of your time, and will prove to be very beneficial, in the long run. Please keep in mind though that once you delete your cache files, your Mac will forget the previous websites that were stored in your cache. This usually isn’t a concern for many people.
Once you visit the websites a second time, they will once again be stored in your cache. Deleting cache files is usually most beneficial for people who’ve had their system for many years now, and have had a build-up of cache, over the years. Once the storage is freed up, you’ll have ample room for other more important files.
Remove App Plugins and Extension from Other Storage
Although it’s not surprising that applications are stored in the Apps category in storage, you may find It a bit surprising to learn that add-ons and plugins for applications, are stored in the Other category of your Mac’s storage. Believe it or not, these add-ons and extensions can actually take up a large amount of space on your Mac.
Sure, add-ons don’t take as much space as applications or photos, but if you’ve had your Mac for a while now, it’s likely that you have many add-ons installed on your system. If you delete these plugins and extensions, you’ll be freeing up a fair amount of storage, which can then be used for something more important. The fact of the matter is some extensions can even cause problems on your Mac, so it would be quite beneficial anyways for you to delete these extensions.
You may find it a hassle to figure out all the add-ons that you installed on your system. It’s likely you probably even forgot some of the add-ons that you added on your system. Luckily, there’s an easy way to remove and permanently delete your add-ons. The process is very easy to carry out, and will only require a few moments of your time. In order to get started and remove these add-ons and extensions in order to free up Other storage, follow the simple instructions below.
Remove Extensions from Safari
1. Launch Safari, as you normally would.
2. Click on Safari, by using the menu bar on the top left of your screen.
3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Preferences.
4. Click on the Extensions tab.
5. Disable the extension you would like to uninstall by clicking on the appropriate checkbox or click on Uninstall in order to completely remove the extension from your system.
Remove Extensions from Google Chrome
1. Launch Google Chrome, as you normally would.
2. Click on the three-dotted menu, in the top right corner of the window.
3. Click on More tools.
4. Click on Extensions.
5. Disable the extensions you no longer want to use or choose to completely uninstall the extension from your system.
As you can see the process above was very easy to carry out, and only required a few moments of your time. This method will free up a fair amount of storage on your Mac that can be put to use for more important matters.