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How to Clear Cache on Mac OS X


How to get rid of Cache Files on a Mac

There are three types of caches you can clean on your Mac: user cache, system cache, and browser cache. This article will go over cleaning up all three. 

Now, when it comes to clearing cache on Mac, there are two ways you can do it. You can clean them up manually, or you can clean them with a Mac utility like CleanMyMac 3. If you want to clear cache on Mac OS X right now, we suggest doing it the easy way: 

  1. Download CleanMyMac 3
  2. Select System Junk
  3. Click "Scan"
  4. And then “Clean”

That’s it, cache files cleaned! However, if you’d like to clean them all manually, follow the steps below.

How to Clear Cache Files on a Mac Manually

To clear your user cache, browser cache, and system cache, do the following:

  1. Open a Finder window and select “Go to Folder” in the Go menu.
  2. Type in ~/Library/Caches and hit enter to proceed to this folder.
  3. Optional step: You can highlight and copy everything to a different folder just in case something goes wrong.
  4. Go into each of the folders and clean out everything.
    Note: We recommend that you remove the insides of these folders, but not the folders themselves.

Now, repeat the same steps above, but substitute…

~/Library/Caches   with…   /Library/Caches

Clear Caches on a Mac Library

Make sure that once you have finished clearing out these caches for additional hard drive space, you empty out your Trash. To do this, Control-click on the Trash icon in the dock and select “Empty Trash.” Restart your Mac afterward so your Mac can begin to create new, fresh cache files.

How to clear cache files on Mac with a single click of a button

Instead of searching all over your Mac to find and remove cache files yourself, you can clear user caches on a Mac using CleanMyMac 3. It makes removing cache files as easy as can be. 

Are you ready to get rid of all cache on your Mac in a second? Check out detailed instructions in our video tutorial:

To get rid of cache files with CleanMyMac 3:

  1. Download CleanMyMac 3 (free) and launch it.
  2. Select System Junk in the left menu.
  3. Hit Scan at the bottom of CleanMyMac 3.
  4. Then click Clean.

And you're done! If you’d like to remove only cache files and nothing else, click on Review Details before clicking Clean. Deselect everything but System Cache Files and User Cache Files, then click Clean.

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