Like anything else you use daily, you should clean your Mac from time to time. Your Mac will perform at its best and increase its speed, once you have removed all unnecessary files. You may be unsure as to where to begin your Mac cleaning: what should be deleted from the drive and what should be kept? No worries. Although you may feel a little lost right now, we have some bulletproof tips and tools to help you clear out your Mac and speed it up.
Let’s see how to clean up your Mac
It’s easy to boost the performance of your Mac with just four steps (or fewer). If your Mac runs slowly or if it runs out of storage space, you need to clean it out. It doesn’t have to be a solo job. In this guide, you’ll find the best tricks and practices to speed up your Mac safely. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Clean up desktop
Though this might seem obvious, it’s surprising how many Mac users believe their desktops are the ideal sandboxes for storing files and documents. It’s a mistake. The Finder treats every folder on your desktop as a window. A few items on the desktop don’t even cause a problem, but if you keep piling stuff on your desktop, your Finder will slow down and seem to be constantly cutting you off. So it would be beneficial to make separate folders.
Step 2: Clean up Hard Drive
Clean up the Downloads folder regularly. This is where junk accumulates over time, resulting in a total mess. For a complete Mac clean-up, also remove any useless widgets or apps. You think you may need them in the future, but the truth is that you won’t ever use them if you haven’t used them yet. So take a deep breath and hit Delete. If you are still confused about what to delete to clean up the hard drive, the following can be deleted: broken downloads remnants of outdated apps cache.
Step 3: Ensure you have control over startup and login
As your Mac starts up, the OS launches a variety of startup items. Some of them are useful, but nearly half may not be needed and can be disabled. Otherwise, they’ll idle behind the scenes, using valuable resources and slowing your Mac down. You can remove startup and log-in items manually by going to System Preferences > Users & Groups and clicking on your username. Then click “Login Items” and select the apps you don’t want to run at startup and click the “-” button below.
Step 4: Remove System Junk and browser cache
Junk can easily take up a large amount of disk space; it’s a broad term that describes all the temporary files created by your OS and apps. Because we use our Macs mostly for online activities, internet-related junk takes up the most space. The best way to completely clean your browser cache is to click Develop in the top menu and then click Empty caches For Chrome, click the “hamburger” icon in the top right corner, and then click More tools > Clear browsing data.
I hope you found this article on how to clean up your Mac useful.