What is Other Storage on Mac and How to Remove It?

Do you wonder what is Other storage and how to clean it up on your Mac? Well, it's the home to a number of files, cached data and more. Follow this complete guide to find out more about it and clear it off to retrieve plenty of precious storage on your Mac.

The Storage tab under “About This Mac” gives a quick review of your Mac and for the majority of the times, it shows a huge “Other storage” space occupying the disk. If you have stumbled upon it and not sure about what this “Other” storage on Mac is and how to remove it, follow this guide to get to the root of it and find out the various ways to keep it in check.

Just like the “Other” on iPhone and iPad, it stores a number of different files. Hence, you will have to dig a bit deep to find the cached files and eliminate them on your Mac.

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How to Check the Other Storage Space on Mac?

Since you realize that your Mac has been occupying some additional stockpiling, why not look at what amount of the disk is being used up? Furthermore, by checking the “other” storage space you can also decide if it is worth putting the effort to clear the space.

Also Read: What is Other on iPhone

To check out how much “other” storage has been consumed, simply follow the steps below.

Step #1. First off, click on Finder icon from the Dock.

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Step #2. Now, click on the Apple Menu icon at the top left corner of the screen and select About This Mac.

Click on About This Mac

Step #3. Click on Storage.

Check Storage on Mac

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Now, check out the other storage space in different categories such as Movies, Apps, Photos, Audio, Backups. Also, check out the other storage space.

What is “Other” on Mac?

Most probably, “Other” takes a ton of space in most cases and the vast majority will want to clear it right sway. But stop, before you take any critical step, hold on until you understand what really “Other” means. First of all, remove this from your mind that “Other” storage is something waste. It could essentially be anything which isn’t listed in the storage types.

Just like that, here are some examples of what can be said as “Other” things.

  • Common documents and file types, including PDF, doc, PSD, etc.
  • Any type of archives and disk images, including zips, dmg, iso, tar, etc.
  • Your personal data.
  • Files in the system folders of OS X, including temporary files, swap, voices, etc.
  • Application Support, iCloud files, screensavers, etc.
  • Cache items, including browser cache and locally stored message media files.
  • Fonts, app accessories, application plugins, and app extensions.
  • Various file and file types not recognized by Spotlight, for example, a virtual machine hard drive, Windows Boot Camp partitions, etc.

I bet you won’t want to clear up all the things after reading the list above. This means that “Other” is nothing sort of clutter or garbage. However, there are some useless things one would like to remove, specifically like system caches, temporary files, and other junk.

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The “Other” category is a combination of files that are not recognized as one of the other file types. So, if you happen to delete or clear up the “Other” data stored on your computer’s disk, let’s dive into the steps involved to do the same.

How to Remove “Other” on Mac Running macOS (High) Sierra

Some people say that they have so much of space available that they really don’t need to free up some of it. Is it so? No, not at all, your disk will ultimately fill up and even if you have a huge disk, more data (perhaps useless data) means more slow computer. So here are some things you can do to clear “Other” storage and free up space on your hard drive.

Use Optimized Storage on Your Mac to Clean Up Old Files Automatically

Latest versions of macOS come with a handy feature called “Optimized Storage.” What makes it so handy is the ability to let you automatically remove the old or unused files and transfer them to iCloud. Whenever you need those files, you can re-download them. Head over to this complete guide to using it on your Mac running macOS Sierra or later.

How to Clear Cache Files on Mac

Step #1. Click on Finder icon from the Dock and then select Go menu at the top right corner of the screen.

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Step #2. Now, click on Go to Folder.

Click on Go To Folder in Finder on Mac

Step #3. Then, you have to type ~/Library/caches into the text box.

Go To Cache Folder on Mac

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Next, you will see the list of caches from active apps appear on your desktop.

Step #4. You need to choose the app folder you want to remove the cache from and then right-click (or control-click) on the app folder → Finally, click on Move to Trash.

Delele Cache Files from Mac

How to Delete Old Device backups in iTunes on Mac

If you regularly back up your iOS device using iTunes, you may have a lot of old unnecessary backups. Knowing each backup can consume space up to 5GB, it’s better to clear them off.

Step #1. Launch iTunes on your Mac.

Step #2. Click on iTunes menu and select Preferences.

Click on Preferences in iTunes on Mac

Step #3. Now, select Devices.

Click on Devices Tab in iTunes Preferences

Step #4. Then, you need to select the backup you want to delete. Make sure not to delete the latest backup of your device. Just in case you have an iCloud backup, go ahead with the complete cleanup.

Delete iPhone Backup from Mac

Step #5. Finally, click Delete Backup.

Delete Old iPhone and iPad Backup from Mac

How to Remove Downloaded Files on Mac

Downloads folder need to be cleaned up from time to time. All the important files you download on your computer remain in this folder. Hence, it’s better to keep a check on it regularly so that it doesn’t clutter your computer.

Step #1. Click on Finder icon from the Dock and select Go menu → Click on Downloads.

Go to Downloads Folder on Mac

Step #2. Select the file(s) you want to get rid of. Right-click (or control-click) on the file and select Move to Trash.

Delete Downloaded files on Mac

Just in case you wish to save some files, move them to Dropbox or transfer them to the external drive. Else, don’t forget to empty trash. To do so, right click on bin icon, click on Empty Trash and confirm.

Empty Trash on MacDelete Downloaded Files from Trash

Use Third-Party Software to Help You Clean Up Your Mac More Conveniently

There are several third-party software like DaisyDisk ($9.99), Onyx, CleanMac 3 ($39.99) that can be immensely helpful in letting you easily clear off cache files on your computer.

Have any feedback?

So, did you try clearing up some space on your Mac? What is the size of “Other” storage space after you followed the steps above to free up disk space? Have something to say? Comments are open!

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