I like a fast running Mac, and don’t want any bloated applications or system files tagging along filling up my disk. Since I have installed a solid state hard drive, space has been a premium. Therefore it is paramount to clean up unnecessary space and remove files and folders that are not needed. Not only does cleaning up unnecessary files save space, it can also speed up your Mac to a certain extend as you Mac doesn’t have to load or scan these files. To help me remove unnecessary files I am going to use Clean My Mac 2, one of my favourite apps that has recently been updated and cleans up far more of your disk than previous versions of the app.
Cleaning Up Unneeded Files
I have used Clean My Mac for years, and I regularly use it to remove unneeded files and folders and generally speed up your Mac. The developers have recently updated the applications and added a whole load of new features, and areas of your Mac to clean. For example, it will find and allow you to delete large files that you haven’t opened in years. There is no point in keeping files around that you never open or use.
The app is very simple to use and has a very swish interface. When you open the app, you are presented with a welcome screen that allows you to scan your Mac. The app does most of the work for you and it will search out and present to you files that you can safely delete. When you hit the big, scan button, it will begin searching through you Mac and find the files that you no longer need.
Once the scan has been completed it will present you a list of all the files and folders that you can delete. However I don’t recommend you jump in and hit the delete button straight away, I suggest you look at what the application has brought up.
For example if we look at the System Cleanup section of the app, we can see language files, cache files and an assortment of other files that have been tagged ready for deletion. You don’t need language files for languages you can’t read. Universal binaries are only really not needed any more, if you have an Intel machine (which most people do) you only need the required binary. Having both takes up disk space and is unneeded. Development junk is extra files the developer uses to develop there application, you don’t need it and it will only add to the loading time of the application. Clean My Mac can take care of all of these files.
When you have checked the files you want to delete you can press the big clean button. This will then proceed to delete the files from your system. I have nearly 3GB of system files that I don’t need. These can be removed and save me some needed disk space. The deletion process only takes a couple of minutes.
There are many files which you can delete as they are not needed on your system. This app will hunt out unneeded system files, large unused files that you haven’t opened in a while. It will also do more complicated stuff such as delete the original iPhoto image when you have rotated it.
One of the coolest features of this app is the uninstaller, it will delete applications that are no longer supported by your operating system and remove the little left of bits from untidy applications.
You can download CleanMyMac from the website for a free trial which you can check out and use. I love this app, and is one of my favourites. I am shortly going to purchase the full license for my Mac.