How to Free Up Space on macOS Ventura?

It is quite hard to use any macOS when you are getting storage to begin full notifications. And with recent versions of macOS where you will find the offline installer of macOS around 11+ GB, then getting storage full is quite easy. And a machine as powerful as Mac, users run multiple applications at a time.

This will increase the storage of Mac getting full faster. Storage begins full, which not only makes the system slow but also causes applications to freeze or crash.

To fix it, here we are going to free up space on macOS. And to be more accurate, we will do it on macOS Ventura. However; you can also apply the exact same procedure on other macOS too. So, here is how to free up space on macOS Ventura.

How to Free Up Space on macOS?

how to free up space on macOS Ventura
how to free up space on macOS Ventura

1- Delete temporary files and application leftovers

First, you are going to delete all of those leftover files that are remaining from applications. Mostly, residue files are left behind on installing or uninstalling any application on your Mac.

Temporary files, Log files, Cache, or Junk files by different applications can take up quite a space on your system. By removing them from your system, you can free up a lot of space. To remove these sorts of files, here is how you are going to do it.

Step 1: Open the Mac application and then select Finder.

Step 2: Then press Go, and Go to Folder.

Clear caches on macOS ventura
Clear caches on macOS Ventura

Step 3: Here you are going to type “/Library/Caches” in the directory and press Enter; this will move you to a specific location.

Step 4: Now you will select all the folders on your screen and then delete them.

Step 5: After deleting the folders, you are going to close this window. Navigate to Trash and empty your trash. Check again and you have free up space on your Mac.

Use these applications for these specific programs:

  • Clean Log Files /Library/Logs
  • File Support Cache – /Library/Caches/
  • Launch Agents – /Library/Launch Agents/
  • Preference Files – /Library/Preferences/
  • Application Support Files – /Library/ Application/
  • Binary and Dock Items – /Application/
  • Start-Up Items – /Library/Startup Items/
  • Saved App States – /Library/Saved Application State/

2- Use the Optimization tool

macOS has a built-in tool to optimize your macOS. The tool will enable you to free up more storage space as well as increase performance. As we mentioned earlier, having a system with low storage can not only cause application crashes but also performance issues.

To use the built-in tool on your macOS Ventura, you are going to apply the steps below:

Step 1: Begin the process by clicking on the Apple icon and selecting System Settings.

Step 2: Select the General tab and then select System Settings.

optimize storage on macOS Ventura
optimize storage on macOS Ventura

Step 3: Now you are going to select Optimized Storage in the General tab.

Step 4: Click on Optimize and soon another popup will appear. Here the Optimize tool will begin to calculate all the junk files and useless files on your macOS. Once all the files are collected then you are going to select recommendations provided by the tool.

Follow the instructions given by the tool and you will have your storage more optimized.

optimize applications on macOS
optimize applications on macOS

NOTE: some applications might ask for permissions to optimize them. To optimize, you are going to click on Optimize button on the open popup.

3- Delete large useless files

Large useless files on your system are another great way to free up space quickly. Find all those movies or DMG files that you have downloaded and used. Now, you are going to delete them all.

As these files are not only a good target for malware but are also taking up a lot of space. Here you are going to use the steps below to find all these large useless files and then delete them.

Instead of finding each file manually, you can use the built-in option to find them. So, here is how to free up space on macOS Ventura by deleting DMG files.

Step 1: For this, you are going to open Storage.

Step 2: Then you will navigate down to System Storage > General.

Step 3: Click on “I” and then select Document.

delete large files on macOS Ventura
delete large files on macOS Ventura

Select the Large Files section and below you will find all the large files on your system. Select all the files that you are not using and then delete them.

If you are still experiencing low storage then try to uninstall those huge applications or games on your system. These two can be reasons why you are experiencing low space on your macOS.

4- Delete all duplicate files on macOS

There is a slight possibility that you are having duplicate files on your macOS. By deleting those files, you can easily free up space on macOS Ventura. Instead of manually finding all the duplicate files, you can use a third-party application such as Gemini to delete them.

Step 1: Download and install Gemini on your macOS.

Step 2: Then you will open the application and click on the + icon.

delete duplicate files on macOS - Gemini
delete duplicate files on macOS – Gemini

Step 3: Click on Scan For Duplicates and the application will begin to find all the duplicate files on macOS. Once all the files are found then you will see them on your screen. Now we are going to delete them.

Step 4: Check the box beside the folders or files that you want to delete from your macOS. Once selected then you will click on Remove.

5- Browser Cache

Remove application by size on macOS Ventura
Remove application by size on macOS Ventura

Browser caches are stored temporarily for the future. However; if these cache files are piled up then you experience slow performance by the system. These cache files are used to increase the browsing speed but browsers with high loads can slow down the system, and by just clearing the cache files, you can fix it.

Clear Safari Browser Cache  

Step 1: Open the Safari application and click on the Safari menu.

Step 2: Now you will go to History and find the Clear History option.

Step 3: Select the history time range of your browser and then click on Clear History.

Clear Google Chrome Browser Cache

Step 1: For Google Chrome, open the Chrome menu.

Step 2: Then you are going to find the Show Full History option.

Step 3: Now click on the Clear Browsing Data option and then click on the Advanced option.

Step 4: Select All Time and Cache Image and Files.

Step 5: At the end, you will select Clear Data.

Related: How to Flush DNS Cache on macOS and Mac OS X?

6- Use third-party applications

clean my mac on macOS
clean my mac on macOS

To make things even easier, you can also use third-party applications. Third-party applications such as Clean My Mac can not only clear cache data, remove residue, junk, and corrupt files but can also increase the performance of your system.

Thanks to the clear and easy interface, you will install the application on your Mac. Open the application, run for a scan and delete all the useless files. Instead of searching and finding all the options manually, you will use Clean My Mac to do all that work within a single click.

NOTE: we are not affiliated with Clean My Mac in any way. The application is brought due to its performance and effectiveness. Unlike us, users might experience issues (extremely rare cases) with the application above.

7- Backup all your macOS to Cloud Drivers

The final and simplest approach to increase storage is to use cloud-based drives. You may use cloud storage to safely store all of your information for free.

However, there is a file storage restriction. If you want more than the set limit, you must spend a few dollars. Additionally, you can store any kind of multimedia, such as files, videos, apps, and audio.  Here are some cloud storage options to consider:

  • OneDrive
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Amazon Drive

How to manage storage on Macintosh HD?

startup disk full
startup disk full

Never run your Mac when your Startup disk is low on storage. First, you are going to kill all the applications currently running. Then you are going to use the methods given above to free up space on macOS. Then give your system a restart and enjoy it again.

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