How to Clean Up a Mac

You love your Mac because it’s sleek, reliable, and has been the fastest computer you’ve had; but lately, you’ve began to realize that your Mac hasn’t been as quick as it used to be. Thankfully, you’ve got Mac Enthusiasts on your side. If you want to, bring your Mac in to us and we’ll happily, thoroughly clean up your Mac and get it working as fast as possible! If you don’t have the time or would like to take a stab at it yourself, here’s our tips for how to clean up a Mac.

Delete unnecessary disk images in downloads: The downloads folder of your computer is a place where a lot of clutter and unused files can end up. One main group of items that can be removed to create some much-needed space are disk images. Go into your downloads folder and search “disk image” under KIND for a list of disk images to delete.
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Manually clean your hard drive: This can be done simply by going to your Applications and Downloads and selecting any apps or downloads you don’t remember installing or you haven’t used before. Drag these unused programs to the trash to create some much-needed space on your Mac.
Adjust login items: If your Mac computer is taking a while upon startup, it may be because you have a lot of apps automatically opening. Many programs have a setting which automatically boots them when you turn on your computer. To adjust these programs, go to System Preferences> Users & Groups. Select the user in question and select Login Programs at the top. From there you can select and deselect the programs you want to open upon start up.

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Use Disk Utility: Disk Utility is a handy app on your Mac used to clean up the disk permissions on apps you’ve downloaded. If you’re not sure what it means, disk permissions are a file a part of any app that says which users can do what. When permissions are changed over time and it can affect the speed and precision of your Mac’s performance. You don’t need to understand it any more to fix it. Search spotlight for “Disk Utility” to begin cleaning up these permissions and getting your Mac back to peak performance. From there, click your hard drive from the left and click the Verify Disk Permissions. After some time scanning, the irregular disk permissions will come up for review. Anything that needs correcting can be remedied by clicking “Repair Disk Permissions.”

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Clear your cache: Your Mac computer sometimes stores a lot of unnecessary items in your cache. It’s good every once in a while to go in there and manually clean it up. You can do it manually by going into Finder> Go > Go to Folder and putting in “~/Library/Caches.” From there, you can delete old data inside the folders. If you feel safer using an external program, we suggest Cocktail.
Delete Foreign Language Fonts: Most Mac programs you download come with many versions including languages you don’t speak and will never use. These files can take up a lot of space. You can either delete them all manually by searching for “resources” folders under each app and manually deleting the “.lproj” type folder of each language you don’t speak, or you can download CleanMyMac 3. Click “scan” and “delete” for the program to clear out unnecessary files for you. This also applies other unnecessary files such as disk images and the like.

If you have problems performing any of the tasks above, don’t stress. You can bring your Mac into Mac Enthusiasts and we can clean up your mac for you. You can also contact us here for more help.

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