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What Exactly is "Other Storage" on my Mac?

Other Storage includes various types of files like plugins, caches, documents, and system folders that don't fit into specific categories like applications, photos, or videos. These files don't harm your Mac but can take up space.

Other Storage in Mac

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Why does "Other Storage" slow down my Mac?

When "Other Storage" accumulates, it can occupy valuable disk space, potentially affecting your Mac's performance by reducing available storage for your files and applications.

These files are not harmful to your Mac but if they accumulate too much space to your hard drive. Over time, it can slow down computer performance. It is a very broad list of items, including things like the following:

  • Documents and file types, (PDF, doc, PSD, etc.)
  • Archives and disk images, (zips, dmg, iso, etc.)
  • Personal and User data
  • System folders of macOS, (temporary files, swap, voices, etc.)
  • User library items (Application Support, iCloud files, screen savers, etc.)
  • Cache items (browser cache, system cache and locally-stored message media content)
  • Fonts and App accessories
  • Application plugins and app extensions
  • Various file and file types not recognized by Spotlight
  • Everything else that does not fit into the main macOS categories

"Other" is not always junk or useless files, but we recommend removing the useless content from this category.

Is It Safe to Delete Files From "Other Storage"?

Yes. However, it's crucial to identify and delete only files you no longer need to avoid accidental removal of important data.

Do I Need to Restart My Mac After Cleaning "Other Storage"?

It is not necessary, but it can help ensure a fresh start with new cache files.

How Often Should I Clean "Other Storage"?

Cleaning up "Other Storage" once every few months or when you notice your Mac's performance slowing down is a good practice. It helps maintain your Mac's efficiency.

Are there any apps that can do this automatically?

Yes! Trend Micro has Cleaner One Pro that can help automate the process of cleaning "Other Storage" and optimizing your Mac's performance.

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