How to Free-up Space on MacBook Air, Pro, and iMac

Getting rid of unwanted files and folders can create a lot of free space in your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac, which can then be used for storing other important things. Freeing up space on your Mac device also helps your system run smoothly.

There are numerous ways in which you can manage to get some free space on your MacBook Air. Here are a few different ways to free-up space on Mac:

How to Free-up Space on MacBook Air, Pro and iMac

#1. Free-up Space on MacBook Air/Pro/iMac By Deleting Unwanted Files/Folders/Software

Step #1. If you have anything lying on desktop that you do not need, simply drag and drop it in your Trash.

Step #2. To empty unused and unimportant e-mails, open Mailbox > Erase deleted items > In All accounts > Mailbox > Erase Junk Mail.

Step #3. The same can be done in iPhoto, click on iPhoto and then click on Empty iPhoto Trash.

Step #4. From iMovie, choose File > Move to Trash OR File > Move the rejected clips to trash.

Step #5. Check out Finder → Applications and see if there’s an app lying around which you don’t use. If yes, delete it.

#2. Free-up Space on MacBook Air/Pro/iMac By Removing Downloads

If there’s one folder that’s probably the least-managed, it’s the Downloads folder. It is better to remove the unused downloads after some time than to let them accumulate.

Make it a point to check the Downloads folder every once in a while. You can order the files/folders by size and trash the ones that you don’t need. Once you delete them, make sure you head over to the Trash and empty it too.

#3. Free-up Space on MacBook Air/Pro/iMac By Compressing Folders and Files

Step #1. For compressing any folder or file, right click on the file.

Step #2. From the shortcut menu, chose the option “Compress.”

Step #3. If you have compressed a single file, it will be saved with the original name, followed by .zip extension. In the case of multiple files, they will be renamed as

#4. Find the Large Files to Compress or to Move Them

Step #1. Launch the Finder icon from the dock.

Step #2. Select “Go” followed by Home. Or you can press Shift + Command + H.

Step #3. Now, click on File and choose Find.

Step #4. Select the pop-up menu and then select “Other.”

Find Large Files on Mac

Step #5. There will a checkbox labeled File size beneath “Select a search attribute.” Uncheck other options.

File Size Search Attribute in Mac

Step #6. From the “equals” change it to “is greater than” in the pop-up menu. Now, select “MB” from “KB.”

Determine File Size in Mac

Step #7. Type in the file size you want to search for. As soon as you type the file size, it will start scanning. Once the files appear, you can filter them and compress them.

Search File in Mac By Size