When you look at the Storage of your Mac machine, you will see a huge Other storage occupying more space on your Mac hard disk. You might wonder what is this Other on my Mac storage?
Other storage on Mac is not something to bother much unless you are running low on Mac disk space. If you are facing low disk space problem on your Mac machine, then it’s worth to know what is Other storage and how to deal with it.
What is Other on Mac Storage?
Other storage categories on the Mac system holds files which do not fall into any other category like Audio, Apps, Photos, Movies, and Backups. Typically, Other storage consists of:
- Document files like PDF, PSD, DOC, etc.
- Temporary and Mac OS X system files
- Cache files such as system cache, user cache, browser cache
- Disk Images and archives like ZIP, DMG
- Plugins and extensions
- And rest of data that doesn’t fall into any of the remaining OS X categories
So now from the above information, you can clearly decide that Other is a category like the rest on Mac storage but with few unwanted files.
Thus, Other on Mac is not a junk completely. And, you should clear the useless content from it, if you want to free up space on your Macintosh HDD.
How to Clean Up Other Storage on Mac?
You can’t throw out entire contents of Other on Mac. But, you can reduce the storage space it takes up on the Mac drive. So, follow these steps carefully and eliminate useless documents, system slowing cache files, unwanted system files, old backups and any other junk from Other.
- Remove Junk Documents from Other Storage Space
- Click on Command and F button simultaneously
- Select This Mac and choose Other from the first drop-down menu
- Using Search tab window opt File Size and File Extension
- Find large documents using document types (like .pdf, .pages, .doc etc.) and sizes
- Check the documents you found and delete the unwanted files
- Cleanup System and Temp Files
Your OS X keeps creating and loading system files, Cache files, Temp files from the time you turn it on till turn off. And, these files will not go away unless you remove them.
But, Apple hasn’t made the process of clearing these files easy, since people don’t know what to delete and what they shouldn’t.
So, you have to find out where most of the apps create temporary files on your Mac. For this go to ~/Users/User/Library/Application Support/ and decide which system files and temp files need to be deleted.
Note: Use Command button or Terminal to delete files on Mac, only when you are pretty sure that you never need those files again. Else, you may need to restore deleted files from Mac Terminal or Command using external resources or must-have suitable backup; in case you require those deleted files anywhere in future.
- Get Rid of Cache Files on Your Mac
Cache is meant to help your Mac work smoother, but they become a big burden over time and slow down your system in the long run.
So, clear cache files on your Mac by:
- Navigating to Go and Go to Folder
- Type ~/Library/Caches and hit the Go button
- Backup cache folder to be in safer side
- Drag and drop entire files from Caches folder to Trash
- At last, empty the Trash
- Clear Unwanted Disk Images and Archives
Typically, you keep archives and Disk image files for a purpose. But, many times it happens that you create some archives, Disk images and allow them to lie on the disk for years with no use.
So, if you feel you might have gathered any useless .zip and .dmg files on your Mac, then it’s time to clear them. To find and clear unwanted disk images and archives on Mac,
- Open Finder and type DMG/ZIP in the search field
- Keep Select Search: This Mac and sort the results by Size
- Clean out the DMG/ZIP files which you don’t need
- Chuck Out Useless Plugins and Extensions
Even though plugins and extensions won’t take up more space on your hard drive, it’s good to say bye to one that you no longer need. Also, some extensions cause problems on your Mac so it’s better to remove them instead of giving room to unnecessary issues.
- Steps to Remove Extensions from Chrome:
Open Chrome browser > Click on the three dot icon present at the top-right corner > Select More tools > Extensions > Disable or remove unwanted extensions
- Steps to Remove Extensions from Firefox:
Open Firefox browser > click on the burger (at top-right corner) > Select Add-ons > choose Extensions and Plugins > Disable or remove unwanted extensions
- Steps to Remove Extensions from Safari:
Open Safari browser > Click on Preferences button > Select Extensions > Disable or Uninstall unwanted extensions
Apart from these techniques, you can also check the files which fall under Other category and delete them directly if they are junk.