Steps to clean caches and temporary files on your Mac

101There are millions of Mac users out there, but not all of them remember to clean caches and temporary files from their computers. Caches and temporary files increase in size every time you browse the web, or send messages to someone else on your Mac. Over time, they can take up a large storage space and slow down your device. Therefore, cleaning caches and temporary files serve as the best option to improve your Mac’s performance.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to clean caches and temporary files from your Mac. Before we begin, make sure that you have created a recent backup of your Mac, so you can restore your Mac if something goes wrong during the process.

Steps to clean caches and temporary files from your Mac

Step one: First off, you need to quit out of any actively open apps on your Mac. Once you are done, head to the Finder on your Mac to proceed

Step two: Next up, if you are now running macOS Sierra, you simply need to hold down the Shift key. If you now have an older version of macOS, hold down the Option key

Step three: Click on Go button from the Finder and select Library from the drop-down menu

Step four: From the Library window, you need to locate and open the “Caches” folder. Here, you will find a list of all temporary files. You can choose specific app caches and temporary files to clear, or you can select all of them and move them to Trash

Step five: All you need to do now is to head to Trash in the Dock and empty it as you would always do

Steps to clear Safari cache in macOS

If you want to empty Safari browser caches on your Mac, and you find the above-mentioned method annoying, you can use the steps below.

Step one: First off, you need to launch Safari on your Mac

Step two: Next up, click on the “Develop” menu from the Apple menu. If you don’t find the Develop menu, go to Preferences, click on the Advanced tab. After that,  check the box next to “Show Develop menu in the menu bar” at the bottom

Step three: You now need to click “Empty Caches” from the drop-down menu.

Also read: Here is how you can save Instagram posts and organize them into private collections

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