If you’ve ever clicked on the Storage tab in About This Mac, you noticed that it color-codes storage by type. There’s movies, audio, apps, documents, and other. But what is “other”? Simply, anything that macOS is unsure how to categorize. It knows that MP3, for example, is audio, and MP4 is video. But there are lots of other, more obscure file formats that get categorized as “other”.
Depending on how you use your Mac and what apps you run, that “other” category could be taking up quite a bit of space, and you could free it up very easily — potentially saving yourself from having to buy additional storage.
As well as being a great way to uninstall applications you no longer need, CleanMyMac can rid your Mac of random files that are taking up space. These include mail attachments, iTunes downloads, and system files.
Here’s how step by step.
Launch CleanMyMac from Setapp desktop app. The quickest way to find “other” files is to click Dashboard at the top right of the window. You’ll then see a graphic representation of your Mac, including its storage, that looks similar to About This Mac. Hover over the color-coded bar and you’ll see the labels for each storage type. Double click on the color that represents “other” — in our case, it’s blue. A Finder window will open, listing all the files identified by your Mac as “other”.
Clean up “other” files - Go through the list and drag the files you don’t need to Trash, then empty it. Congratulations, you’ve just cleaned up “other” storage!
Once you’ve got rid of large and old files, you can use the other cleaning tools to remove unwanted items. Mail attachments is good next step — you’ll be amazed at how many heavy attachments you’ve downloaded and no longer need. The best thing about this tool is that if you use an IMAP account, like iCloud or Gmail, you can always download the attachments again later if you need them.
To get rid of mail attachments, choose the option in the cleaning tools section and follow the steps above.
Duplicate copies of files are a waste space. Most of us don’t realize how many duplicates hide on our Macs. Gemini can identify and easily remove them.
Disk Drill’s clean-up tool also allows you to identify and get rid of files you don’t need. The great thing about Disk Drill is that it allows you to view and filter files in lots of different ways, allowing you to see a really detailed picture of where your storage is being used up.
Using all or a combination of methods above will allow you to bring your Mac’s storage under control in no time. As for the frequency, conducting a thorough clean-up once a month sounds about right to us, but your mileage may vary.