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Guide: how to clean cache on Mac


A stock of gigabytes for your favorite music and photos is never superfluous. This is mainly known to all those who have already changed the classic drives of their MacBooks to very fast, but small in volume SSD, or just got a brand new MacBook.

Guide How To Clean Cache On Mac

Anyway, the habit of creating file chaos on SSD-disks has to be controlled. At least because when you fill more than 80% of it, the performance of your Mac starts to fall. Conventional hard drives are lacking in this feature, but their speed is several times lower.

However, any drive regardless of speed and volume needs to be regularly cleaned. It will not just save you from unnecessary trash, but also maintain the computer’s speed at the “just out of the box” condition. And one of the best assistants in this business is the fantastic utility CleanMyMac and clearing cache guide.

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This is the main cleaning module, which is started by pressing just one button. The program offers to get rid of only those files whose removal is safe. Your personal information, documents and any data associated with the applications, always remain saved. After all, CleanMyMac works exclusively with system and service garbage. This includes different caches, logs, application localizations to exotic languages, program garbage, the remains from previously deleted programs, etc.

Also, the program allows you to reset the DNS cache. The OS X system stores a local cache of the permitted requests of DNS for the term determined by the DNS server. Sometimes you need to reset it without waiting for this time (if you can not open some sites, the network is working slowly, etc.). You only need to open the program, mark the services and applications whose data you want to erase, and start the cleaning process. In general, it is a utility with advanced features and fresh design for macOS, which provides the best results.

Usage of the individual cleaning programs is the simplest way to get rid of unnecessary cache. You also can do it without any extra applications, but you will need to do much more steps.

Сlearing cache guide

Many OS X applications cache some data on a local disk for acceleration of work. For various reasons, there are cases of damage to these stored data, which can lead to slow application performance, incorrect operation of the application, or even the inability to open them. If you have faced a similar problem, you can try to clear the local cache memory.

  1. Close as many running programs as possible. Such applications use files from the “Cache” folder, so you can not delete all cached files if several programs are running.
  2. Open the Finder window. Click on the desktop or click on the blue face icon in the dock.

  3. Click “Go”. This option is located in the menu bar at the top of the window. A drop-down menu will open.

  4. Click on “Go to folder”. You will find this option in the lower part of the drop-down menu “Go”. The text field will open.

  5. Type ~ / Library /in the text field.

  6. Click “Go”. This is the blue button in the lower right corner of the text field. Now, will open “Library” folder, where you will find the “Caches” folder.

  7. Double click on the “Caches” folder. You will find it at the top of the Finder window; otherwise, scroll down the drop-down menu to see this folder.

  8. Select the contents of the “Caches” folder. In this folder, click on the file or subfolder, and then press ⌘ Command + A. The entire contents of the “Caches” folder will be highlighted.

  9. Delete the contents of the “Caches” folder. Open the “Edit” menu (at the top of the screen) and select “Delete”. The contents of the “Caches” folder will be sent to the Basket.

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You may receive a message stating that one or more files can not be deleted because a running program uses them. In this case, skip such data and try to remove them when you close the program.

We recommend you to restart the computer when you clear the cache to avoid system crashes. Cleaning of a system cache can lead to failure of a system. Although the computer should restart and run without any problems, save the open files and close the running programs before you start cleaning the system cache.


Ram Kumar blogs at DeviceBowl. He is a graduate in Computer Science and Engineering. Addicted to Blogging and Coding.

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