3 Tools to Free Up Memory on Your MacBook (and more)
If you’ve been using your Mac for a while, chances are it’s starting to feel a bit cramped. Between all your files, photos, and app icon, it’s not uncommon for your hard drive to start filling up. And when your disk space starts running low, it can impact the performance of your computer, and as any Mac user knows, keeping your computer running smoothly is essential to maintaining your productivity.
One of the best ways to optimise your storage space and keep your Mac running smoothly is to regularly free up space on your hard drive. There are a number of ways to do this, including deleting old files, uninstalling unused applications, or getting a laptop repair or upgrade (SSD/RAM). Additionally, you can use built-in tools like iCloud to optimise your disk space.
Find out more tips on how to free up space on your MacBook by reading this article.
How to check your memory
Checking your storage on a MacBook is easy and only takes a few steps. First, open the menu bar and click on the “About This Mac” option.
Next, select the “Storage” tab. This will give you an overview of how much storage you have used and how much is available.
Tools to free up disk space on your MacBook
Use optimize storage
MacBook’s Optimize Storage feature helps you save space on your hard drive by removing items that you no longer need. For example, it can delete old email messages or episodes of TV shows that you have already watched.
It can also move files to iCloud when necessary, so that you can still access them even if they are not stored locally on your computer. This feature is particularly useful for people who have limited storage space on their hard drives. By removing unnecessary files, they can free up room for new ones. And by keeping important files in iCloud, they can still be accessed even if the local copy is deleted.
Use iCloud storage
iCloud is a cloud storage service that allows you to store files, photo and data securely online. By using iCloud, you can offload some of your MacBook’s storage capacity to the cloud, freeing up space on your device.
To use iCloud, simply sign up for an account and then select the files and data you want to store in the cloud. You can access your iCloud account from anywhere, making it a convenient way to keep your MacBook’s storage capacity free and clear.
Empty bin automatically & reduce clutter
The ‘Empty Bin’ and ‘Reduce Clutter’ features are both designed to help you manage the files on your MacBook.
The ‘Empty Bin‘ feature allows you to empty trash automatically, freeing up space on your computer. The ‘Reduce Clutter’ feature allows you to find and remove files that take up space in an easier way.
Other good methods to practice daily
Delete duplicate files
One of the quickest and easiest ways to get free space on your MacBook is to remove duplicate files. Duplicate files can take up a lot of unnecessary space on your hard drive, so it’s important to get rid of them periodically.
You can use tools like ‘Reduce Clutter’ to scan your computer for duplicates and then delete them with just a few clicks. This will free up valuable space on your MacBook so you can store more important files.
Delete temporary files or cached files
Cache files are a type of temporary file that are created when you browse the internet or use certain applications. These files store information that helps to load web pages and programs faster. However, over time, cache files can build up and take up valuable space on your computer.
Temporary files can also be created when you use certain apps or perform certain actions, and they can take up a lot of space on your drive. To delete temporary files, open the finder and go to the “Go” menu. From there, select “Go to Folder” and type in “~/Library/Caches”. This will take you to the folder where all of your temporary files are stored. You can then select the files you want to delete and move them to the trash.
Compress your files
If you’re like most people, your MacBook is home to a variety of important files, from documents and photos to music and movies. Over time, these files can start to take up a lot of space on your hard drive, leaving you with less room for new data.
One way to free up space is to compress files. This process reduces the file size without affecting the quality of the data. In many cases, you can reduce the size of media files by 60-70%. To compress a file on your MacBook, simply right-click on the file and select “Compress.” Repeat this process for each file you want to compress.
Check your downloads folder
If you’re like most people, your download folder is a cluttered mess. It’s filled with restaurant menus, PDFs, images, and all sorts of other files that you’ve downloaded from the web. And if you’re not careful, it can start to take up a lot of space on your hard drive.
Imagine how much space you can get on your MacBook by cleaning out your download folder. Here’s a few simple steps you can follow:
- First, open the folder and take a look at what’s inside. If there are any files that you no longer need, simply delete or relocate them
- If you’re not sure what some of the files in your download folder are, you can use the “Get Info” feature to find out. To do this, select a file and press Command + I on your keyboard. This will open a new window with information about the file, including its size and when it was last modified. This can be helpful in deciding whether or not to keep a file.
Why it’s important to free up space on your Mac
While there are plenty of good reasons to free up space on your MacBook, here are a few main ones that you should consider:
- It can help improve the speed and performance of your computer. When your hard drive is full, it can cause your computer to slow down as it struggles to access the files it needs. By clearing out some space, you can help your computer run more efficiently
- It also helps improve battery life. If your computer is constantly accessing data from a full hard drive, it can drain battery power more quickly
- Finally, freeing up space on your hard drive can also create a safer environment for your data. When files are fragmented and spread out across a full hard drive, it makes them more vulnerable to corruption or loss. But by consolidating your files and creating free space on your hard drive, you can help keep them safe and sound.
If you ever encounter any problems with your hard drive, we are always here to help with any MacBook repairs you need.