What Is Other on Mac Storage And How to Remove It

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Myra Updated on Jun 25, 2019 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

If you find your Mac run sluggishly, you will probably want to check your Mac storage and free up some space to make your Mac run faster. And when you check it, it's likely that you will find Other storage on your Mac is a big occupier of your Mac space. After that, you will have questions like "what is Other on Mac storage?" and "How to remove Other storage on Mac?". If so, read on and you will get the answers.

How to check Mac storage

Step 1: Click the Apple menu (the Apple logo) on your screen.

Step 2: Choose "About This Mac".

Step 3: Tap on "Storage" tab. Then you can see how much space is taken by each category.

How to check Mac storage

What is Other on Mac storage

"Other" files are the files that can't be categorized to any of the existing categories. It generally includes:

1. The plug-ins and extensions of Apps.

2. Data saved by Apps.

3. Disk images and archives like .zip, .dmg and .iso.

4. Temporary and system files in Mac OS X.

5. Documents and files like PDF, DOC and PSD.

How to remove Other storage on Mac

Tip 1: Remove documents and files

Step 1: Press key combination: Command + F.

Step 2: Choose "This Mac". Tap on the first drop-down menu and choose "Other".

Step 3: Search files according to it's file type, like .pdf, .doc.

Step 4: View the size of the items and remove the ones that you don't need anymore.

Tip 2: Delete Mac OS X system and temporary files

You can find these files following "/Users/User/Library/Application Support/". But be careful not to remove the files you shouldn't remove.

Tip 3: Remove Disk images and archives

Step 1: Go to Finder.

Step 2: Search for file types like .dmg and .zip in This Mac.

Step 3: Sort the items by size and remove the ones you don't need.

Tip 4: Remove App plug-ins and extensions

It's very common that you use some plug-ins or extension in your browsers. Sometimes the plug-ins and extensions can help you have a better experience when you use a browser. But it can also cause some troubles in some cases. If that's the case, they are useless and occupying your Mac storage. That's when you need to remove it from your Other storage.