How to clean your Mac - Tips

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Has your Mac been idling for some time? This happens quite commonly, and it is not necessarily because he is aging or damaged, his hard drive could be full! Before going out to buy a new one, try to clean up a bit and free up some space on your drive. Here are several tips to help you empty your hard drive of unnecessary files, and give your Mac a facelift.

Delete unused apps

First of all, remove any unnecessary or duplicative third-party applications, you can also remove the applications that come standard with your Mac if you do not use them; iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, they take a lot of space on your drive, and there's no point keeping them if you don't need them. If you are not completely sure that you will never need certain applications again, make sure you have the means to reinstall them in the future, just in case….

For the procedure, see the tutorial explaining how to uninstall software on Mac.

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Used space management programs

There are several programs that allow you to "visualize" the space your files take up on your hard drive, using a 3D preview or with color blocks for example. Thanks to this, you will be able to see if these files are useful to you or not, if you can delete them, compress them (archiving), or save them externally:

Archive your files

It takes a bit of organization, but when you have a lot of files, consider archiving the ones you no longer use. For that it's very simple, you just have to right click on your folder or your file to compress, and you select "Create an archive of (your file)" or "Compress (your file)". A ZIP file will then be created, you will only have to store it on your computer, or transfer it to an external drive or to your Cloud for example!

Clear temporary files and caches from your Mac

For older versions of Mac OSX, the system automatically runs maintenance scripts at night when the computers are turned off. It is therefore not cleaned regularly. On the other hand, you have applications that can help you do this maintenance more regularly. OnyX is one of them. However, be careful to use the version of Onyx that corresponds to your version of Mac OS installed.

See also these pages, depending on the Mac OS or OS X version concerned:

You can also do this manually in Finder / Applications / Utilities / Terminal. Once in the Terminal, type:

sudo periodic daily weekly monthly

then validate with the Enter key. You will be asked for your administrator password, fill it in, and wait for your system to do the following. Close the Terminal when the maintenance is complete.

Delete your old iOS backups

Your iPhone or iPad performs automatic backups when you plug it in, your old backups then become unnecessary ... Here's how to delete them:

Regularly empty certain files

Warning : Don't forget to empty your recycle bin regularly to validate your deletions and save even more space !!

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