How to find Large Files on your mac?

By Stephanie Wilmore, on March 18, 2021

Large files may be hidden deep down in Mac's memory. Even if it seems like no app or program would take a considerable amount of storage.

There are several ways to find and delete large files on your Mac.

1. Find Large Files Using the Finder

Another way to search for large files is by using search filters in Finder. It can help you locate the biggest files on your Mac.

Here is the steps needed on how to find large files using Finder:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Find the Search field in the top right and click it.
  3. Click the Settings symbol and select Show Search Criteria.
  4. In the list of search filters on the left, choose Other.
  5. In the window that appears, select File Size and click OK.Finder Search Large Flies
  6. In the second space, select Is greater than and enter the size in the third space.
  7. Choose KB, MG, or GB in a final filter field.

Remember to select This Mac to get a full list of results. You will then see all files whose size is greater than you defined. Look through the found documents and remove unnecessary items that take too much space on your Mac.

This method has certain disadvantages. Finder will not give you a full picture of the large files stored on your Mac. It shows only single files, excluding large folders that comprise a lot of smaller items.

There also unclear which files you can safely delete without the risk of removing important documents. Finder neither provides any additional information about files nor shows which folder the file belongs to. So, it’s difficult to decide whether the large file is important or not.

Continue reading to discover how to find the largest files on your Mac using other methods.

2. Find large files using the Storage Management app

Another solution is to use the built-in Storage Management app.

  1. Choose Apple menu.
  2. Select About This Mac.
  3. In the window that appears, click Storage. Here you can see how much free storage you have and view the amount of space used by different categories.Mac storage
  4. Click Manage.
  5. As the Storage Management app opens, select Documents.Mac storage manger
  6. Browse the Large Files to delete those you don’t need.

Click any file to see its path at the bottom of the window. The Storage Management app also shows the exact size of each document as well as the date you opened it last.

Apple provides helpful recommendations at the top left to help you optimize your storage. Here you can choose to store all your files in iCloud, remove large files like movies and TV shows, turn on Empty Trash Automatically and reduce clutter.

This method is great for those who don’t have a lot of large files on their Mac. But, if you tend to keep many files on your machine, you may consider using the Storage Management app tiresome.

3. Locate and remove large files using BuhoCleaner

If you have enough time, you can look through all data stored on your Mac using the methods described above. In case you want to speed up the process, BuhoCleaner can prove useful. Thanks to its Large Files feature, you can look at the bigger picture of all large files found on your Mac and delete them altogether.

Here’s short instruction on how to find and delete large files using BuhoCleaner:

  1. Download BuhoCleaner and open the app once it’s installed.
  2. Click the Large Files tab.BuhoCleaner Large Files
  3. Click the Scan button
  4. BuhoCleaner will show you all files stored on your Mac. You can sort files based on their size, type, and access date, to see the large items that can be removed from your Mac.BuhoCleaner Large Files
  5. Check the boxes for the files you want to delete and click Remove.

Using BuhoCleaner, you can remove all unnecessary files quickly and make some space for more important documents.