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Optimising Mac Storage: Streamlining Your Digital Space

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Understanding MacOS Storage

In the ever-expanding digital realm, optimising Mac storage space efficiently on your device is crucial to maintain optimal performance and productivity.

As files accumulate and applications multiply, it’s easy to find yourself grappling with dwindling disk space and sluggish performance.

Fear not, for macOS offers a suite of built-in tools and features designed to help you reclaim control over your digital space.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore how to optimise Mac storage effectively, leveraging tools like Optimised Storage, iCloud Drive, and advanced storage settings to streamline your digital workflow and free up valuable disk space.

Optimised Storage in MacOS

Optimised Storage space is a game-changer for Mac users, seamlessly managing storage space by automatically offloading unused files to iCloud while keeping frequently accessed files readily available.

Enable Optimised Storage in MacOS

To enable Optimised Storage, navigate to:

Apple menu > About This Mac > Storage > Manage

From here, you can activate Optimised Storage and customise its settings to suit your preferences.

Harnessing iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive offers a convenient solution for storing files in the cloud, thereby freeing up precious space on your Mac.

Optimised Storage - Apple iCloud Drive

By syncing files and documents across all your devices, iCloud Drive ensures seamless access to your data from anywhere, at any time.

To set up iCloud Drive, go to:
Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud, and enable iCloud Drive.

You can then choose which files and folders to store in iCloud, allowing you to prioritise essential data while keeping less frequently accessed files in the cloud.

Utilising Storage Settings

macOS provides a range of storage settings that allow you to fine-tune your storage management strategy.

To manage your storage settings go to:
Apple menu > About This Mac > Storage > Manage

You’ll find options to review and delete large files, clear out clutter such as cached files and old backups, and optimise storage by removing unnecessary system files.

By periodically reviewing and optimising these settings, you can keep your Mac running smoothly and efficiently.

Managing Apps and Downloads

Applications and downloads can quickly eat up disk space if left unchecked. Take stock of your installed applications and remove any that are no longer needed.

Optimised Storage - Apps & Downloads

View the official guide from Apple to learn how to Uninstall apps on your Mac.

Deleting an app doesn’t automatically cancel any Apple store subscriptions. 
Follow this link to Learn how to cancel subscriptions for apps that were downloaded from the App Store.

Additionally, regularly clean out your Downloads folder to prevent it from becoming a digital dumping ground. Consider setting your web browser to automatically clear downloads after a set period to avoid clutter build-up.

External Storage Solutions

For users with extensive media libraries or large files that don’t need to be accessed frequently, external storage solutions offer an excellent way to expand storage capacity without sacrificing performance.

External Storage Solutions for MacOs

Invest in an external hard drive or SSD to offload infrequently used files, such as multimedia collections or archival data, freeing up space on your Mac for more critical tasks.

Automating Maintenance Tasks

Take advantage of macOS’s built-in automation features to streamline storage maintenance tasks.

Use Automator or third-party apps to create scheduled workflows for tasks like:

  • clearing cache files
  • purging temporary data
  • organising files into designated folders.

By automating these processes, you can ensure that your Mac stays tidy and optimised with minimal effort.


In conclusion, optimising Mac storage is essential for maintaining peak performance and productivity.

By leveraging Optimised Storage, iCloud Drive, and advanced storage settings, you can reclaim control over your digital workspace.

Incorporate these tips into your storage management routine to ensure that your Mac remains a reliable companion for all your computing needs.

Our dedicated team provide support both Apple Mac and Windows Devices, for more information on our IT Support services feel free to contact us.

Existing customers can submit a ticket at any time to get help to free up storage space should it be required.

Published April 10, 2024, by Jonathan Lawton.

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