When browsing content-rich websites, rarely do we ask, where all these photos, videos, and memes come from? Before the image or a video are generated in the browser, they are initially downloaded to the computer. And the speed of loading the page depends not only on the efficiency of the remote server but also on the amount of free storage on your Mac.
If you noticed that websites began to load more slowly than usual, this means that the “other” storage capacity is overloaded and it’s time to clean up more space. This is a simple task for computers running on Windows or Linux, but for owners of iOS devices, this procedure is not quite straightforward. Other storage problem can be resolved either by built-in Mac tools or third-party applications.
As you prepare for your other storage decluttering, we recommend verifying if you actually have accumulated a lot of junk. This can be done by visiting the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen, calling up the About this Mac option and choosing the Other (gray) area. You also have an option to press Manage and do some easy tasks such as Trash cleaning and Review files that you are no longer using.
Cleaning Cache Storage
While it would seem logical to start with Downloads folder, often this location contains valuable files that you cannot simply delete. So the next step would be heading to cached files which you can find using Finder app or locate them manually via /Library/Caches/. There you will find the whole array of downloaded data which your Mac accumulated when you were visiting websites.
After locating the folder, sort the files by size to separate system files and downloaded content. Delete the largest files.
A second path also involves using the built-in function from the operating system; without going into details, we will describe the order of actions.
Go to the “Desktop,” and give the command «Cmd+J» as in the previous method
There’s another way to find downloaded files. Go to Desktop and launch the search by pressing cmd-J. Make sure to search only with the option “This Mac” selected or your search will not be successful.
Open “This Mac” context tab and choose “Other.” In the next window, you can choose the option to sort by “File Size” — go for it. Specify the file rise and input the option “more than” 100 Mb. This way you will delete only large memory-consuming files such as saved games, videos, and installation packages. Make sure you are not deleting anything valuable. Generally, it is not recommended to remove anything containing in system folders. This can yield more problems than the slow computer. A good idea will be asking for the help of an experienced computer expert if you want to delete files that occupy significant space. You can also explore other solutions in this resource: https://macpaw.com/how-to/clean-up-other-storage-on-mac
Check the Disk for Errors
Sometimes an operating system has set a wrong amount of space on the hard disk. In this case, a more complex method is required. You will first need to disarm the FileVault algorithm, and you can do this by going to System Preferences >; Security &; Privacy and then locating the FileVault tab. By default, this algorithm is enabled. Click on the padlock to make changes and disable FileVault. Now you must reboot your Mac in a safe mode by pressing Shift when restarting. After logging in, activate the Disk Utility app and navigate to First Aid section. Do the disk check and if any errors are found, repair the disk. Once finished, restart your Mac, as usual, again go to System Preferences >; Security &; Privacy, then to FileVault and enable it back. This process helps significantly decrease the amount of space occupied by system files.
The location and selection of large files can be time-consuming so using a third-party software can be a viable option. You may have reservations since you believe that such software can accidentally delete operating system files. This is impossible. Files that are essential for the healthy working of your Mac are protected from deletion.