4 Ways to Find and Delete Large Files on Your Mac

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Clare Weaver

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Large files hidden deep in your hard drive take up a huge amount of Mac space. If you are running low on storage space, deleting them will free up a lot of space for you. From this blog post, you will learn how to find and delete large files on Mac in 4 ways. Let's have a look now.

How to Find and Delete Large Files on Mac

How to Find and Delete Large Files on Mac with Storage Manager

macOS Sierra and later come with a built-in feature that allows you to easily manage large files in your storage.

  1. Click the Apple Menu > About This Mac > Storage > Manage to open the storage management window. Find Large Files with Storage Manager
  2. Click on the Documents option, and you can see files categorized as Large Files, Downloads, Unsupported Apps, etc. Delete Large Files with Storage Manager
  3. Sort files in the Large files list by size and delete the ones you don't need.
  4. Empty your Trash.

How to Find and Delete Large Files on Mac with BuhoCleaner: The Easy Way

Alternatively, you can use BuhoCleaner to find and remove large files on Mac in seconds.

BuhoCleaner is one of the best large file finders for Mac. By default, it detects files larger than 50MB. But if you want to find files larger or smaller than 50MB, click the BuhoCleaner Menu > Preferences > Large Files to change the default 50MB to some other number you like.

How to use BuhoCleaner to find and delete large files:

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click the Large Files in the sidebar and click Scan button. Find and Delete Large Files on Mac
  3. Quickly you will find all the files large than 50MB. Check the files you want to delete and click the Remove button Find and Delete Large Files with BuhoCleaner

It's worth noting that BuhoCleaner has a built-in disk space analysis feature that allows you to easily find the largest files and folders in each folder on Mac. All you need to do is click on the Toolkit, select Disk Space Analyzer, and choose the disk or folder to scan.

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How to Find and Delete Large Files on Mac with Finder

Finder can help you find files that are equal to, larger or smaller than a specified size. But in the results list, Finder only shows a single file, not a large folder with multiple small files. Therefore, it may be difficult for you to determine whether a file is important to you.

If you still want to use Finder to search and delete large files, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Finder from the Dock.
  2. Click the magnifier icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Type anything into the box, and you will see a "+" button below the search box. Find Large Files with Finder
  4. Click the "+" button and select File Size in the first menu and Greater Than in the second menu. Search Large Files with Finder
  1. Enter your desired file size range. For example, 50MB.
  2. Preview the files in the results list and delete the files you don't want.
  3. Empty the Trash.

How to Find and Remove Large Files on Mac with Terminal

Another way to find large files on your Mac is to use Terminal. This method is a little bit complicate. Here's what you should do:

  1. Open Terminal via Spotlight or Launchpad.
  2. In the Terminal, execute the find command. For example, run find . -size +50MB. This command will locate files in your current directory that are larger than 50MB. Find Large Files with Terminal
  3. You can also use the find command to limit your search. For example, enter and run find . -size +50MB -size -100MB . This command will find files under your current directory that are between 50MB and 100MB in size.
  4. To delete the large files you find, use the rm command. In our case, we use rm ./Downloads/SpotifyFullSetup.exe. Delete Large Files with Terminal

Conclusion

Now you have 4 ways to find and delete large files on a Mac. As you can tell, the easiest way is to use BuhoCleaner. It can save you a lot of time and effort. Don't forget to give it a try.

Want to know more tips on Mac cleaning? Refer to How to Clean and Optimize Mac.

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