The “About This Mac” Storage tab gives a quick review of your Mac and for the majority of the times it shows a very large “Other” storage space occupying the disk. Apple’s iOS likewise has a comparable “Other” storage space, but Mac users can easily find out what that “other” storage consists of. Your Mac (like Windows) allows users to access the system directories, and this is why you can even clear the space occupied by “other” storage.

What is Other On Mac and How to Remove It

How to Check the Other Storage Space on Mac OS X?

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.

  • Click the Apple Menu and navigate to About This Mac.
  • Find the “Other” data on you mac under the Storage tab.
  • If you’re running a version prior to OS X 10.10, click More Info to get the details.

As you might find out, the “other” storage occupies quite large space and this is the space you could use for something else. However, before you clear up things why not understand what exactly the “other” storage comprises of?

What Is “Other” Storage Space on Mac OS X?

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 and other junk.

Basically 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” Storage Space on Mac OS X and Free more Space?

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.

#1. Restart your computer. Restarting your computer is always helpful as it will instantly remove some clutter.

#2. Empty your trash cans. The Trash on a Mac is equivalent to the Recycle Bin on Windows. Why keep the files you already deleted in the trash cans?

#3. Remove unused apps. The apps you have installed on your Mac are taking up space, of course. You should uninstall them if you don’t need them and you’ll notice a good amount of space being cleared.

#4. Clear temporary files. Cleaning temporary files you don’t need won’t do any bad to your Mac. Luckily there are many free apps (like CCleaner for Mac) that can be used for this purpose.

#5. Remove language files. Do you use many languages on your Mac? Probably most people use one or two, and for them it’s a good option to clear language files (with apps like Monolingual). Keep in mid that language files do not slow down your computer, so delete them if you really need more free space.

#6. Remove Mac OS X sleepimage file. This is something that will be created again automatically the next time your Mac goes to sleep. Launch Terminal (Launchpad > Other > Terminal). Type: sudo rm /private/var/vm/sleepimage to get done.

#7. Check / Verify hard drive. If you have not yet upgraded to Yosemite, navigate to Apple Menu > About This Mac > More Info > Storage > Disk Utility and go on.

#8. Remove your iOS device backups. If you have saved your iOS device backups, removing them can free up huge space. You can access them by going to ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ and then you can delete them.

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!

  • fredfinklehammer

    I’ve used CCleaner and cleared out virtually every non-essential item on my computer and the Other section still seems to be expanding. It used to be horrifying when it took up 37g of my 120g MacAir, now its up to 60g. Any suggestions?

  • sophia

    It didn’t clear up anything…

    • jess

      having the same problem!

  • Zan Zac Zac

    You can also use ccleaner to free up disk space.

    • Yes. That’s what we have recommended in the article..

      • Zan Zac Zac

        You are right, my bad ;)