Storage space on your Mac is precious, especially if you have a 128 GB or even 256 GB SSD. Unfortunately, your Mac starts to slow down and stop working when it is overflowing with a large amount of files. .
Therefore, it is advisable to know what takes up the most space and eliminate unnecessary documents that accumulate over time.
Between photos, videos, music, most of them are easily identifiable. However, there is one category that is classified as Other and that probably represents many gigabytes on your disk.
So, is it possible to erase them? The answer can be found in the rest of this article.
What do Other files look like?
To get an overview of what occupies the memory on your Mac, the first thing to do is to go to the page About this Mac. To do this :
- Click on the apple logo.
- Select About this Mac.
- Go to the tab Storage.
Then you will see a bar chart showing you the types of files that are taking up space on your Mac, including Other.
Yellow represents photos, red is for apps, light blue for messages, purple for music, dark blue for mail, green for documents, and gray for system.
As for Other, it is the biggest consumer of storage and this category can be a real mystery. If it isn’t music, videos, photos, or apps, what can it be?
The Other label represents familiar categories. It can be:
- Installation packages
- Cached files
- Old backups
- App extensions
- Temporary files.
Usually they are no longer useful but they have to be registered somewhere, so they are classified as Other.
Check files stored in Other
To manage what occupies all types of storage on your Mac, you can use the accessible tools available on your Mac via About This Mac. To do this, simply click on Manage.
While you can do various manipulations on your system, choosing to save them to your iCloud, for example, or looking at them to reduce clutter, you can’t access Others at all.
How do I know what is hidden in the Other category?
To see what the Other shard is exploiting, you need to go to the library, as this is where most of the content for this topic is usually located.
Depending on your system configuration, you may not be able to see the Library category in your normal Finder window, so the easiest way to access it directly is to follow these steps:
- Open the Finder.
- Click the option To go in the menu bar.
- Select Go to folder.
- Then type ~ / library and press Enter.
You will be presented with a long list, most of which will contain documents considered to be Other. Among them are Caches and Application Support, but you’ll have to dig in to see which subfolders can be safely deleted.
Please note that deleting some of these docs could affect the operation of your Mac!
This is because when you start to access cache files or other more complex ones, there are problems.
As a rule of thumb, if you’re not sure what an app is or what it does, don’t touch it. Of course, as always, we strongly recommend that you take a full backup of your system before you start removing anything.
Delete your files in Others
When you are in the Library folder, Others are deleted just like any normal file.
You can erase them by right clicking and choosing Place in the trash. You will then have to empty it.
In addition, to manually locate and delete large documents located in Other:
- On the desktop, tap Command + F.
- Click on This Mac.
- Go to the first drop-down menu, then select Other.
- Check the options File size and File extension.
- Select them, in order to find large documents, and delete unnecessary ones.
However, deleting some files this way may leave traces on your Mac. Our preferred method of dealing with this kind of process is therefore to use one of the Mac cleaning software in order to avoid any costly mistakes.
They often have system scan functions that highlight redundant files while retaining those that are still used regularly. If you want to delete them, then you just need to press a dedicated button without asking any questions.