How To Access Other Storage On Mac – 5 Easy Ways (Updated Guide for 2022)

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Below you can find out 5 different methods to access other storage on mac,

Method 1 – How To Delete ‘Other’ Files From Any Mac

Everyone in todays video i wanted to show you how to clean up this other folder inside of your mac. Harddrive so if you see a lot of space to use in the other folder of your mac this is. The right video for you let me show you how to find this exactly if you come on top here. Under the apple icon on any mac and go to about this mac theres a section here called storage and.

Once you come here its gonna take your entire hard drive and its gonna break it up to different categories. So documents photo system and other now if you go on their manage you could do everything inside of these. Other folders like applications and remove and delete applications for example or even the photo library you could go ahead. And clean things up here but the other section is gonna show up down here and its not gonna let. You do anything to the other section system and other folders are not easily accessible and you cant easily go.

In there and delete item but depending on what you use your mac for they may be just like mine. Here a huge portion of your hard drive i want to show you exactly how to delete them easily the. First option on my favorite one is clean my mac x and this has a lot of things besides clearing. Your files like system optimization for speed but im not gonna dive deep in this but i will link it. In the description below if you want to check it out im gonna show you a totally free software i.

Just like this because if you go here to space lens it basically scans your entire hard drive and breaks. Things up into nice and visual folders like this where you could easily maneuver and see the exact file sizes. And delete things as you go so if i jump in the application folder for example its gonna show me. All my application exactly how big they are i could remove them and the other folder in my case is. Inside of here under the user section but let me show you a different way to do this test totally.

Free its not as visually as friendly as cleanmymac x and it doesnt have all these other options like malware. Removal and system optimization but it will remove things from your other folder and ill link this one in the. Description as well but its called omni disk sweeper and if you come to this link here we want to. Download this version of it if you press download it will download it for the latest mac os or you. Could see these other mac os download versions if you have older mac os but i did download it and.

Open that let me show you exactly what it does so here is basically the application let me minimize these. Other applications so i could just focus on this one here so its kind of list your hard drives the. Internal hard drive is one i want to focus on this is my external hard drive right now but this. Internal one if i sweep it if i just press sweep here its gonna open this in this directory and. Its gonna take a little bit of time so as you could see sizing it up here and then once.

This is done ill show you what to do okay scan about 500 gigabytes of information here so i could. Come on the side and i could see things sorted by file size so as you could see 500 gigs. Or so is in this folder so if i click this folder i could see that about 327 gigs is. In the shared folder thats whats showing up in my other section you may be a little bit different for. You but basically ignore systems because we dont want to do anything with systems and again if i go to.

About this mac and go to storage and press manage here system has a different section its about 10 gigs. Here so im not gonna touch anything in systems but it looks like in the case of the 300 and. So gigabytes i have its inside the user section on there the shared and then under reallocated items this often. Happens when you use time machine for example to backup information from an old computer so you want to go. Ahead and see what these are inside of this file thats another reason why i like to clean my mac.

X because it does take away some of the guessing game for you and you could basically scan for system. Junk and remove things a little bit differently but if you feel more comfortable and you could do this manually. Could just jump in here and delete it i do recommend running time machine before this process because this will. Destroy the files and you wont be able to get them back so i usually do a time machine backup. Up here and i back everything up to a hard drive so if anything goes wrong here i could recover.

My files i have a totally different video on using time machine im backing up your mac so i recommend. You do that before you jump in and delete many big files inside of the other folder you could obviously. Jump into the macintosh recommendations and then go through this process to clean it up by using icloud optimizing storage. And reducing clutters you could go ahead and do this as well but this video was more focused on the. Other folder and this app omni disk sweeper does the job so now you basically just go through the breadcrumbs.

Here and find the biggest files here that are taking up most of your space in the other folder so. Those will be outside of application system and library folder sometimes theyre your cache files that sometimes has taken up. To a hundred gigabytes for me but this basically finds it and you could go ahead and delete it a. Lot of them will have the trash or destroy option here on the left side some will not and youll. Have to press the folder option to find them inside of the folder and then basically pressing command delete here.

Again please make sure you back everything up before you do this this is not a process you could reverse. So do this at your own risk and know what youre deleting here just double-check everything so again i spent. Some time going through some of these folders here and some items i just press trash or destroy here and. Then i empty the trash bin and if i go back up here to about this mac and then go. To storage as you can see the other section is almost disappeared now it just takes a very tiny fourteen.

Gigabytes compared to over 300 gigabytes that it was taken up before so i did all my cleaning through omni. Disk sweeper again the other folder will have things from different parts of your mac hard drive from caches to. Time machine backups recently deleted photos a lot of those show up in the other folder so go ahead and. Go through this process and clean up your hard drive the best you can i hope one of these two. Options between cleanmymac x and omni sweeper helps you delete the files that you want to please give this video.

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Method 2 – Mac Other Storage: How To Delete It! (Works With Any Mac)

How is it going everybody youre watching then about tech and today im going to show you how to fix. One of the most annoying problems in the whole mac universe and that is the other storage let me show. You so if you tap on the apple logo and then you go to about this mac and then tap. On storage and wait a few seconds for it to load youre gonna see that theres a category a very.

Annoying category called author that generally takes up a ton of your storage so as you guys can see i. Have like six gigs of available storage and over 20 of this other storage and i bet you guys may. Have much much more than that because my hard drive is quite small i know people that have hundreds of. Gigs on this other storage and its pretty much impossible to delete it theres no way to go to your. Files and delete it or use software to delete it there is only one way to fix this issue in.

Order to actually get rid of it its not really complicated at all but theres only one way to do. It as i said and you gotta reset your mac you gotta factory reset your mac so format your mac. Os before you quit dont worry i know a lot of you guys hate this word hate formatty i think. Its super complicated it takes hours but its not like that formatting your mac is much easier nowadays and you. Just gotta follow a few steps honestly just a few steps but before you do that its very important that.

You save your files because as you probably know resetting your mac means youre going to lose all your data. And trust me thats the only way were going to delete everything from the mac in order to delete the. Other storage okay so make sure that you go ahead go to finder find your icloud drive and like save. All your files just manually save all your files you can use of course icloud drive your cloud service of. Preference you can use your thumb drive you can use a hard drive doesnt matter the only important thing here.

Is after this process you will lose all your data so its very important that you save all your files. Okay extremely important to do that make sure to save your photos absolutely everything and the final piece of information. Is do not use time machine okay if you use time machine to backup your files time machine will automatically. Save the other category as well so it will save all those files once again so when you restore from. Your time machine backup those files are coming back so dont use it youre going to need to manually save.

All your files again to the to your cloud service icloud drive dropbox google drive whatever just make sure to. Save all your files and dont use time machine okay now without further ado im gonna show you how we. Can actually get rid of all of the other storage very easily and im gonna show you how to format. Your mac right now and im finally going to show you how to get rid of the annoying other storage. And of course im going to prove it to you after im done lets go were going to need to.

Go to system preferences then tap on apple id and then were gonna need to go ahead and tap on. Overview and then sign out keep in mind that depending on your mac os version maybe its gonna be down. Here the position of the sign out button may vary a bit but the important part is to sign out. From your apple id right so sign out then you can keep a copy whatever it doesnt matter because were. Going to delete the whole thing and then of course sign out and remove cards so were going to sign.

Out and remove the whole thing please pay attention to those warnings especially the ones regarding icloud so for example. This one is saying that icloud photos is still updating so maybe for you you have photos on your mac. That have not been uploaded to icloud meaning that if you just completely turn off uh you may lose those. Photos so pay attention to those icloud stuff to that icloud stuff to make sure that everything on your computer. Has been uploaded okay in my case i already know so i can turn it off um i can delete.

From mac because i dont want it anymore so i can delete from mac uh we also gonna need to. Put in the password so our apple id password for a find my mac as you guys can see right. Here just to turn it off so after you type in your apple id password you can go ahead and. Continue as you see i forgot my apple id for the first time i mistyped something so continue and after. A few moments its going to automatically sign out the whole thing and youre going to be presented with the.

System preferences screen and youre going to see signing to your apple id so you know that your apple id. Has been successfully signed out and removed from this computer and last but not least we can close system preferences. And open up messages or imessages depending on your mac os version then were going to go ahead and tap. On messages preferences and as you can imagine were just going to sign out from imessages as well because for. Some reason it doesnt do it automatically so were gonna go ahead and tap on message and then as you.

Guys can see here theres my apple id there and my number and everything i have blurred all that info. Just for privacy reasons but as you guys can see we have sign out so you can go ahead sign. Out and press on sign out once again so then as you guys can see it just quits and opens. Up again this time without the apple id so now were ready so im sorry that it actually takes a. Few steps but we have to do it just to make sure everything is done perfectly and now all you.

Have to do is turn off our computer but before we do that its very very important that you do. This process while plugged in to the charger as you guys can see im plugged in my mac is charging. As you guys can see here and i recommend that you do that as well do it while youre charging. Because if your battery dies on the process you may have issues okay so make sure to do this while. You have it plugged in so now all you have to do is actually uh go ahead and shut down.

The computer so you press and shut down and then down again to turn off the mac so the next. Step is to put the mac in recovery mode and thats the only step which theres a little bit of. A difference depending on what processor your mac uses so remember i was talking about the m1 chick max yeah. Thats it so if you have a normal intel based mac which pretty much everyone does okay uh is the. One which has an intel core i3 i5 i7 youre gonna follow the first method if you have an m1.

Chip so the brand new ones that are just uh introduced youre gonna follow the second method im gonna show. Both so first we have the intel based which is this one is the mac i have so all you. Have to do is turn it on so press the power button and as soon as you see the apple. Logo on the screen youre gonna press command r okay so comment r right here on the keyboard command r. If you have an m1 chip mac youre gonna again press on the power button and youre gonna keep holding.

It okay so youre gonna press and keep holding for five seconds and then youre gonna get to the same. Screen okay so pressing the home button so the computer is starting command r so as you see its instant. Press on the home button on the power button you see the apple logo press command r and keep holding. So keep holding youre seeing my hands keep holding keep holding keep holding until we see the loading bar below. The apple logo okay may take a few seconds so just bear with me and be patient right now we.

See the little bar so we can let go theres a loading bar we can let go and the mac. Will start up in recovery mode its going to be the same thing for the m1 chip so youre going. To press and hold the power button and youre going to keep holding until we see uh the the same. Loading bar and then were going to get to this screen which is the mac os recovery which may be. A little bit different depending on your mac os version but its pretty much going to be the same thing.

On on all the latest versions of mac os youre going to see your profile picture or your name so. Youre going to see your login so youre gonna tap on that and then tap on next and then youre. Gonna put in the password and that password is your mac password okay just to boot it up so its. Not the apple id or anything like that and then as soon as youre logged in youre gonna see uh. The recovery screen so with all everything you can do and first were gonna need to go to disk utility.

Thats the tool were gonna use to reset and delete everything and all the data on the mac so click. On it click on continue and then youre gonna see your disks and as you can see we have two. Disks we have macintosh hd and mac os based system so were gonna be playing with were gonna be managing. The macintosh hd this is very very important guys so macintosh hd is your hard drive is where all your. Files and documents and apps and everything is stored in your mac so its your hard drive thats what we.

Want to delete and here on this graph you can see how much we have used and how much we. Have free so we just have you can just see that there are a ton of gigs that are used. Right now occupied by my files and all below that we have the mac os based system and we do. Not we dont want to play with this okay this is your base operating system this is the os itself. We dont want to delete it we dont want to play with it or anything like that if we delete.

This theres going to be a hassle so dont play with it okay so lets go back to macintosh hd. The first option thats i cant stress is enough okay so thats what we want to delete all you have. To do now is go ahead and tap on erase so click on erase and then you can change your. Name if you want to i recommend not you dont recommend the dont recommend to change the format or anything. Just click on erase and uh let it do its thing okay so its gonna erase all your data and.

All your files from macintosh hd now its just a matter of waiting you can hit done and as you. Guys can see it goes automatically to mac os based system for some reason but again just do not play. With this or erase anything go back to macintosh hd and as you guys can see some of the storage. Have freed but not the whole thing so go down to macintosh hd data because theres a little partition on. Every mac theres gonna be this little partition so you have to see that you still have quite a lot.

Of storage used as you guys can see right there from this gray area so go down to macintosh hd. Data and then youre going to need to manually delete it as well okay so go ahead and go to. The minus button again it may vary a little bit depending on your computer where this minus is delete it. And erase it and youre gonna need to get rid of that as well some people have a ton of. Uh sub uh macintosh ag data data data delete everything okay so if you have anything below macintosh hd youre.

Gonna need to delete it until you see this you see that its completely empty completely free and as you. Guys can see now you have successfully reset your mac you have no info no data no apps absolutely anything. In your macintosh hd now all you have to do is go up to disk utility youre going to go. To quit disk utility because now youre done uh and then were gonna need to reinstall mac so were just. Gonna reinstall the operating system as easy as that so tap on it hit on next and then youre gonna.

Go ahead and install and its gonna probably say that you have to be connected to wi-fi um yeah you. Have to do that manually so you can go ahead and hit on okay or go straight to the wi-fi. Bars connector wi-fi network connect put in your password and hit ok and then its going to go back again. Right and as soon as that is connected you can go back again and install mac os and this install. Mac os is that mac os based system that we had that we didnt play with that we didnt touch.

If we touched that mac os based system we wouldnt be able to reinstall mac os so this is the. Process were going to erase um reset the macintosh hd so delete everything from the hd and then reinstall the. Mac os so then just hit next next next select the hard drive which is macintosh hd which is completely. Empty and completely free for us continue continue and now its just a matter of waiting were pretty much done. With the process process right now so now were ready as you can see we have the welcome screen meaning.

That the computer is ready to be set up as a brand new machine so you can go ahead and. Set it up and then after setting up the mac the moment of truth lets click on the apple logo. At the top and then about this mac the first option did it work lets see so now click on. The tab storage and then wait for it to load all the categories and as you guys can see everything. Is empty everything is clear and the other storage is only taking up five gigs thats right only five gigs.

So we reduced to five gigs and you may be wondering okay daniel but it didnt really work like you. Had 19 and then you went to like five so then you reduced like 14 gigs but guys thats not. The way you should think let me explain its not like i reduced 14 gigs so for example if you. Have 100 gigs of other and then you do this youre gonna go to 86 no this is not how. It works theres a minimum theres like a minimum of other which is like five gigs and then thats how.

Thats where its gonna go down so if you have a hundred gigs of storage of your other category its. Gonna go down to like five or a little bit less or a little bit more thats how you should. Understand okay so thats pretty much it hope you enjoyed this video hope it was helpful to you thats it. Thats all i can show you the only way to fix this issue if you like this video click the. Like button down below and the subscribe button and the little bell icon to get notified whenever i post a.

New video and also comment down below i really do appreciate all your feedback and i love to read all. The comments and reply when i can so thats it if you liked it im very glad again unfortunately the. Only way to clear all their storage is resetting but thats it see you later guys bye bye.

Method 3 – How To Free Up ,,Other” Space On Your Mac (Don’T Install Any Cleaning Programs!)

Hi everyone luke here from apple online academy and today i want to show you how to free up some. Space on your mac there are several place on the mac where you can clean things up and save some. Space you dont need to install any programs you dont need to download anything for doing that you just need. To know where to look i want to split this video in two parts in the first one well be.

Cleaning with recommendation and the other one will be doing some other stuff manually so if you are familiar with. This basic storage managing you can skip to the other half of the video where well go deeper in some. System files and system folders to clean things up i have to say that before you start deleting something its. A good idea to make a backup maybe make a complete backup using time machine because anything you delete during. This process if you dont have a backup there will be no way how to get it back now lets.

Work through how to free up some space with recommendations first lets check how much storage you have by going. To the apple menu selecting about this mac and then clicking the storage tab here youll see how much storage. You have and which types of files are taking up the most space this might take a moment to load. Usually there is a big piece taken by other first of all its because its still loading another is basically. Anything what is not classified as a movie app audio photo or backup so this includes some documents system files.

And other stuff and it can be sometimes tricky to locate it but im gonna be showing you how to. Find and delete some of them next when it load up click manage to see some recommendations for freeing up. Space if i call this already turned on your first recommendation will be store in icloud so click on it. And then select what you would like to store there you can choose desktop and documents photos messages you can. Decide what you want to store in icloud storing files in icloud uses the space in your cloud storage plan.

So you might need to upgrade depending on what you choose next if you click optimize storage you can remove. Tv shows and movies you have purchased from the itunes store and youve already watched it of course youll be. Able to download this again if you need to another recommendation here is to turn on empty treasure automatically files. Youve moved to the trash will be permanently deleted after 30 days i think it makes sense to turn it. On because sometimes you might forgot about the files and they are sitting in the bin you can get to.

The same options if youre in finder and select finder preferences and here in the advanced tab click remove items. From the bin after 30 days i already have it selected its a handy feature and the last one here. Is to reduce clutter if you press it it will help you quickly identify large files downloads and apps you. Might no longer need you can also free up some space manually these categories on the site like in applications. Documents can clean the messages music and so on you can of course sort it by size here to see.

Which files are taken the most then just select which one you want to delete its pretty basic and fast. To clean things up like this i do it regularly but i guess you came here to find some secret. Hidden files so lets seed it now lets start by looking at some backups of your ios devices there could. Be some old backups and they can be taken up but considerably amount of space well youll find a lot. Of people advising you to look for these but they dont really tell you where before macos catalina data stored.

Under itunes but now its different now finder is where you should be looking because this is the proper place. To delete them first connect your device and come here in the finder on the sidebar here you will see. Your iphone and the general tab click manage backups to see a list of your backups from here you can. Right click it and delete what you want well my iphone has 256 gigabytes so imagine i store the backup. Here it will take a lot of space so instead i use icloud i use icloud backups and i say.

Theres some important files i need so i think its cheaper to pay a few dollars for the icloud than. Paying hundreds of dollars for getting a bigger space next location is very obvious and thats your trash it can. Accumulate sometimes a lot of files well if you went through the first part with the recommendations we said already. That the bin will be cleaning after 30 days but imagine i just delete some project i just did a. Project in final cut and it has 100 gigabytes and it will be sitting in the trash for another 30.

Days so i think it makes sense to clean it up manually when you know about some big files you. Have deleted and its as easy as just right click the pin or press shift command delete and its all. Done another place which you have right next to the bin is your downloads a lot of time people leave. Things here which they dont need anymore you downloading some app you have to install it you install the app. Maybe you uninstall the app you dont use it anymore but you forgot about the installer you have some invoices.

Or some emails you just download you check it once and you dont need it anymore so this is another. Place you can quickly go through and delete what you dont need anymore and one more place we should check. Before we go to system folders is your photos your photos library is another place that can be taking a. Lot of space i am taking a lot of photos with my iphone and imagine i have it synchronized it. Will bring another like 60 gigabytes 60 gigabytes of photos which will be taken from my mac storage this is.

The reason why i completely excluded the synchronization as you can see on the screen i dont have any photos. There but a lot of people like the convenience that you just take a picture and instantly you have it. On your mac and you can work with it but you dont need to necessarily turn this off completely like. I did you can first go to photos preferences and here on the icloud tab you can choose synchronize icloud. Photos but you can select optimize mac storage that means that your photos will still be synchronized between you.

Conclusion – How To Access Other Storage On Mac

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