2 Ways to Find and Delete Duplicate Files on Mac

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Sarahi Johns

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Summary: In this article, we'll talk about why there are duplicate files on your Mac and how to find and delete them in 2 ways.

If you've been using your Mac for a while, chances are you've accumulated a lot of duplicate photos, songs, documents, and other files without even knowing it. These duplicate files can take up a lot of space on your Mac. If you're running out of storage space, removing these duplicates can free up some disk space for you.

Read on this blog to know how to find and remove themf rom your Mac.

2 Ways to Find and Delete Duplicate Files on Mac

Why Are There Duplicate Files on Your Mac?

Duplicate files can be created in many situations, such as:

  • Download the same file more than once.
  • Accidentally copied files.
  • Import the same photo from different devices.
  • Attachments to emails and messages.

Now that you know there are duplicate files on your Mac, you may be wondering how to find and delete them. Read on and you'll find two ways.

How to Find and Delete Duplicate Fils on Mac: The Easy Way

The easiest way to find duplicate files on your Mac is to use a duplicate file finder. BuhoCleaner is the tool you need. Its Duplicates feature allows you to quickly find and delete all duplicate files in a selected folder or drive.

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click Duplicates in the sidebar, then click the + button to choose a folder or drive to scan.
    Duplicate File Finder - BuhoCleaner
  3. After scanning, you can see the duplicate files are divided into categories such as images, documents, archives, and other files.
  4. Preview the duplicate files and delete the ones you don't need.
How to Find and Delete Duplicate Files on Mac with BuhoCleaner

How to Manually Find and Delete Duplicate Files on Mac

If you don't want to install BuhoCleaner on your Mac, then use Finder to manually find and remove unwanted duplicate files.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Click the File menu in Finder and choose New Smart Folder.
Click New Smart Folder
  1. Click the + button in the upper right corner.
New Smart Folder
  1. From the first drop-down menu, select Kind. Then from the second drop-down menu, select the desired file type.
Find Duplicate Files
  1. Sort the files in the result list by size or name to check for duplicates. If there are, preview and delete the one you don't want.

The Bottom Line

Now you have learned 2 ways to find and delete unwanted duplicate files on your Mac. As you can see, BuhoCleaner can save you a lot of time and effort. Why not go ahead and try it for yourself?

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