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What is Other in Mac Storage & How to Delete it

What is Other in Mac storage? Want to know how to get rid of Other on Mac? Read this guide to figure out it in minutes.

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Running low on space on your hard drive can be a big problem for many Mac users. At this moment, you may think that the applications, songs, movies and pictures are eating up your limited Mac space, however, this actually may not be the case. When you check out the storage on Mac, you may notice that there might be a mysterious category known as "Other." It may take up more than 100 GB of Mac hard drive space.

Mac Hard Drive Sapce

Mac Hard Drive Sapce

Part 1. What is Other in Mac Storage

The "Other" category in the About This Mac window represents files that aren't recognized as audio, movie, photos, apps, or backups. There is a very broad list of items can be considered as Other, here are some examples:

  • Items in the OS X folders like user/system caches.
  • Personal and user information such as documents, contacts, calendar data.
  • Various media files that cannot be classified by Spotlight like a virtual machine hard drive, Windows Boot Camp partitions.
  • App Plugins or extensions.
  • Common documents/file types, including PDF, doc, PSD.
  • User library items like Application Support, iCloud files, screen savers, etc.

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Part 2. How to Get Rid of Other on Mac

There are things you can do to delete Other on Mac like removing items you don't need to Trash (remember to empty it), moving data to an external hard drive, or compress the items you don't frequently use, etc. Another highly recommend way is to removing junk files from Mac to delete Other with MacClean.

MacClean is a nice & powerful cleaning utility for all Mac users. It helps remove Internet Junk, User Junk, System Junk, Development Junk, Trash Bin, and Application Junk from Mac to reclaim Other space. Moreover, MacClean is capable of finding & removing duplicate files on your Mac like Archives, Documents, Images, Music, Movies etc.

Step 1. Free download MacClean and install it on your Mac computer.

Step 2. Choose System Junk and click Scan. After it is done, MacClean will show you how much system junk it has scanned. Click Clean to remove them.

How to Delete Other on Mac with MacClean – Step 2

How to Delete Other on Mac with MacClean – Step 2

Step 3. Then choose Internet Junk and click Scan. Then select the junk files you want to clean, and click Clean button.

How to Delete Other on Mac with MacClean – Step 3

How to Delete Other on Mac with MacClean – Step 3

The Bottom Line

After removing the junk files from your Mac with MacClean, the Other space can also be reclaimed at some degree. Free download MacClean to have a try now. If you have any problems on this guide or MacClean, you can contact us by sending an email.

Lena Member of @iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as an anime lover. Like to share solutions on Apple related problems.

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