How to Delete the "Other" in Mac Storage

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Clare Weaver

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How to Delete the "Other" in Mac Storage

Want to update to macOS Monterey or macOS Big Sur but find that there is not enough space? By clicking the Apple icon>About This Mac>Storage, you will find that the "Other" in Mac storage is huge. Therefore, you know that the fastest way to free up disk space is, of course, to clear the other storage. But when you click the Manage button and try to see what files are contained in the other storage, you will find that you can't access it at all.

So what exactly is the other storage on Mac? How to clean it up?

Keep reading, and you will find the answers you want.

What is “Other” in Mac Storage

Check Other Storage on Mac

System files and files that the system cannot recognize will be labelled as "Other." Here are some of the contents included in the other storage:

  • macOS system and temporary files.
  • PDF, .psd, .doc and other files.
  • Cache files, such as user cache, browser cache, and system cache.
  • Installer packages, such as .dmg and .pkg files.
  • Browser plugins and App extensions.
  • All other content that does not fall into the main macOS category.

Can You Delete the Other Storage on Mac

Yes, but be careful. Things like .dmg files and leftovers from uninstalled apps are safe to clear. However, when deleting cache files, especially those in the system, you should be careful because you don't know what impact your macOS will have if you delete them by mistake.

As a rule of thumb, if you don't know what the file is or what it does, leave it be. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you make a full backup of your system before deleting anything to avoid disaster.

How to Delete "Other" Storage on Mac

While we cannot entirely delete other storage, we can reduce it to some extent, such as clearing cache junks, deleting useless documents, getting rid of unneeded downloads, and removing useless application logs and support files.

Delete Cache Files

There are two ways to delete cached files on Mac. One is to use BuhoCleaner, the best Mac cleaner for macOS Big Sur and M1 Macs, and the other is to remove them manually.

How to Delete Cache Files with BuhoCleaner

  1. Download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac.
  2. Launch it and click the Scan button.

Flash Clean Your Mac

  1. A few seconds later, you'll be able to clear caches from browsers, systems, and applications in one click.

Delete Cache Junks Automatically

How to Remove Cache Files Manually

  1. From your desktop, press Command + Shift + G.
  2. Type in ~/Library/Caches and press Enter.
  3. Drag the cache files you want to delete to the Trash.
  4. Empty your Trash.
  5. Follow the steps above to check /Library/Caches and ~/Library/Logs.

Delete Cache Files Manually

Remove Unneeded Documents

  1. From your desktop, press Command + F.
  2. Click This Mac.

Find Other Documents

  1. Tick File Size and File Extension in the Search Attribute Window.
  2. Click the Kind menu and choose File Extension to find and remove files in a specific extension, such as .pdf, .doc, .psd, and more.

Find and Delete Documents

  1. Click the Kind Menu and choose File Size to find and delete documents equal, less than, or greater than the size number you enter.

Find and Delete Large Files Manually

Delete Downloaded Files

Do you have the habit of cleaning up the Downloads folder? If not, your other storage will become larger and larger over time. If you want to free up Mac space to a large extent, deleting the package installer, duplicate files, no longer using files and other files is a good way.

  1. Click Finder in the Dock.
  2. Select Downloads in the sidebar of Finder.
  3. Find and delete the unnecessary files.

Remove Unneeded Downloads

Remove Application Logs and Support Files

Applications running on the Mac will create logs and support files in the system library folder and user library folder. These files may also take up a lot of your storage space. If an application is no longer in use, you can follow the steps below to remove its related files.

  1. Open Finder and press Command + Shift + G.
  2. Type in the folder addresses below:
    • ~/Library/Application support
    • ~/Library/Logs
    • ~/Library/Containers
    • /Library/Application support
    • /Library/Logs
    • /Library/Containers
  3. Delete the files you don't need.

Delete App Logs

Conclusion

Hopefully, you have learned a lot about how to delete the other storage to reclaim more space for Mac. All in all, if you don't want to do the cleaning in a manual and tedious way, you can try BuhoCleaner. Not only can you use it to delete cache junks and log files, but you can also use it to uninstall unwanted apps and clean up duplicate files and large files. Download it now.

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