How to Clear Other Users Storage on Mac - A Stepwise Guide

Cassie Xie
Last updated: May 6, 2024

This article breaks down what "Other Users" means on Mac storage and provides steps to clear it out when it takes up too much space on your Mac.

"I just checked the available space on my Mac. I see that 'Other Users' are taking up 159G of space. Can I delete this somehow? If so, how do I do it? Will it impact my use of the computer if I do?"

- From Apple Community

As you're checking your Mac's storage, you've probably noticed that the "Other Users"(or "Other Users & Shared" on macOS Sonoma) category consumes a significant amount of space. You can understand other storage categories like Documents, Photos, and Applications, but what is "Other Users"?

Let's dive into what "Other Users" means in Mac storage and find out how to free up space on your Mac when this category gets too big.

What is Other Users on Mac Storage and How to Delete It

What is 'Other Users' on Mac Storage?

Mac allows multiple users to access the same device via separate user accounts. Each user's data and files are stored within their respective user folders and are inaccessible to others.

Within Mac storage, "Other Users" represents data and files generated by these other user accounts, distinct from those created by the currently logged-in user. These user accounts include administrator accounts, standard user accounts, sharing-only accounts, and guest accounts.

What is Other Users on Mac

It's important to clarify the difference between the "Other Users" and "Other" categories in Mac storage. "Other Users" refers to data from additional user accounts, while "Other" includes files that don't neatly fit into categories like Applications, Documents, and Photos.

Reasons for Other Users Taking Up Mac Storage

As users on the same Mac computer share the same hard drive, files generated by other users can gradually accumulate, consuming considerable storage space over time. Here are a few reasons why other users might be occupying a large amount of space.

You have a cluttered Shared folder

To facilitate collaboration among various users, users can add files to a designated folder on the Mac known as the Shared Folder. If both you and other users have uploaded numerous files to this shared location, they will be grouped under the "Other Users" category within your Mac's storage.

Your Mac is hosting or hosted multiple users

When multiple users are using the same Mac computer and have created, stored, or downloaded many files, it's expected that these files will gradually consume a substantial amount of space.

However, if you discover that there are no active additional user accounts but other users are taking up Mac storage, it's probable that user accounts were deleted, leaving their home folders intact on your Mac.

Large files are misplaced in the Users folder

The Users folder holds the home folders of each user account on your Mac. Its size greatly impacts the "Other Users" category in Mac storage. It's possible that when downloading applications or files, you've chosen the Users folder as the destination. Alternatively, you could have accidentally transferred large files to this folder, causing it to expand in size.

How to Clear 'Other Users' Storage on Mac

When the data from other users is taking up too much space, it's time to clear out the files of other users to free up disk space.

Before you start, make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your computer. You can back up your Mac to an external hard drive through Time Machine or by using another backup option.

Remove unnecessary files in the Shared Folder

All users of the Mac can access files in the Shared folder, but only the file owner can edit or delete them. You can remove unwanted files added by yourself using these steps.

Step 1. Open the Finder app (the smiley face) on your Mac.

Step 2. Click Macintosh HD from the left sidebar. If Macintosh HD doesn't appear, click Finder in the top menu bar, and choose Settings. Under Sidebar, check the box next to Hard disks in Locations.

Step 3. Open the Users folder and then the Shared folder.

The shared folder on Mac

Step 4. Right-click on the files you and other users no longer need and choose Move to Trash.

Step 5. Empty the Trash can.

Delete other user accounts on your Mac

If you're the only person using your Mac, you can delete any other user accounts and their home folders. Once deleted, those accounts won't be accessible anymore. You must be using an Administrator account to do this.

Step 1. Click Apple menu > System Settings > Users & Groups.

Users and groups settings on Mac

Step 2. Locate the user account you want to delete and click the information icon.

Step 3. Click Delete User.

How to delete a user on Mac

Step 4. Enter your administrator password and click Unlock.

Step 5. Select "Delete the home folder" and click Delete User to confirm.

Delete user home folder on Mac

Step 6. If a guest user is allowed on your Mac, click the information icon and turn it off.

However, if there is no other user account in the Users & Groups settings but the "Other Users" category takes up much space, go ahead to open Finder > Macintosh HD > Users and directly delete all home folders that belong to other users.

Users folder on Mac

Move misplaced items out of the Users folder

If the "Other Users" becomes excessive in Mac storage due to misplaced files, applications, or folders, you can simply move these items to another folder or the trash bin if you don't need them.

Reduce the Size of 'Other Users' Data Efficiently

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The "Other Users" data on Mac storage is the data created by other user accounts on your Mac. If your storage is filling up due to this data, you have the option to delete their data from the shared folder and individual user home folders or relocate misplaced data from the Users folder. BuhoCleaner can streamline this process and help free up your Mac storage.

Cassie has been writing about technology for her entire career life - over 5 years. She enjoys diving into how Apple products work and then breaking it down in a way anyone can understand.