How to Clear Cache & Delete Temporary Files On Mac

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Removing Temporary files and caches will help you free up space on the hard disk of your MacOS. It also prevents apps from working incorrectly. If you don’t know how to clear caches on your Mac, then this post will teach you how to clear cache on your Mac, iMac, MacBook Pro with the ease.

Here is a detailed explanation of how you can remove Temporary, Log as well as Cache files currently being stored on your Mac. But you should note that the removal might trigger a few apps to create new files when you open them in the next time. Log and Cache apps become bigger day by day and might get corrupted, which could cause system issues, forcing them to enhance your system performance.

How to Delete Log, Temporary and Cache Files on Mac

There are three sets in Caches of MacOS, including The System Cache, Browser Cache, and User Cache. Here’s how to clear cache on your Mac OS and delete all three of them from the system. To do so:

Step 1: Go to Finder Menu, and under ‘Go”, click on “Go to Folder”. You can also press Shift + CMD + G keys instead.

Step 2: Enter the following command in the Go To Folder dialog box: ~/Library/Caches

Step 3: Now, you should create a backup of the files you are going to remove. Although it is only a safety precaution, the process just needs a few minutes and is handy if you mistakenly remove them forever. There is a simple way to make a backup copy that is pressing and holding the Alt key and then drag and drop the whole folder on your desktop space.

Step 4: Now, choose all files from the Cache folder. You can do it by first selecting an item in the Cache Folder, then go back to the “Finder” menu, and select “Select All” in the Edit menu. You can simply press CMD + A keys as well for the same purpose.

Step 5: After you have selected all files, you can then delete them by simply dragging them to the Trash folder from the Dock and then empty the Trash basket from the main Finder menu.

Step 6: Finally, repeat all above steps, but you have to “~/Library/Caches” with: “/Library/Temp”, “/Library/Cookies” or “~/Library/Logs” if you want to delete Log files from your system.


CleanMyMac 3 – The Great App to Clear Cache on Mac

If the above method makes you difficult when having to navigate the file system of your Mac, you can delete Cache using CleanMyMac 3 app for your computer. It is estimated to be the best Mac cleaning utility with all-in-1 functionality. After installing it, simply follow the below steps to clear Cache.

  • Select System Junk.
  • Choose “Scan”.
  • Click on “Clean”.
  • Now, clear temporary files on your Mac

You can also use CleanMyMac 3 for cleaning after the uninstallation to delete redundant, temporary files.

Bonus: You should use App Cleaner after uninstalling apps on your Mac if you want to completely delete the app files such as the backups, used memory and more.

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