Clean up Photos with CleanMyMac X

Your Photos app has tons of cache files hidden in its library. With CleanMyMac X’s Photo Junk, you clean them all up without losing a single photo — in just two clicks.

* This feature is not yet available on macOS Catalina.

How does the Photo Junk module help me?

Photo Junk cleans up all the useless files left over by Photos. It’s 100% safe to use because it doesn’t remove any actual photos. The module scans your Photos library to locate useless cache files and heavy RAWs that take up space.

Is there really that much cache in Photos?

Photos creates cache files almost every time you work with it. Here’s an example. If you have iCloud Photo Library enabled, all your pics are stored in the cloud. But when you view these pics on your Mac, Photos creates locally cached copies of them. So, even if you keep all photos in iCloud, their local copies are still wasting space on your Mac.

More cache files pile up when Photos detects faces on your pics — that is, every time you add photos of people. If you import new pics often, you’ve probably got a lot to clean up.

RAW files take up gigabytes.

When you import RAW files into Photos, the app creates JPEG copies of them. These JPEGs are what you see in Photos — and heavy RAWs just sit on your Mac, forgotten. If you no longer need the RAW originals, CleanMyMac will remove them to save you gigabytes of space.* But don’t worry: it will always ask you first.

This feature is not yet available on macOS High Sierra.

What if I’m still using iPhoto?

Just like the Photos app, iPhoto has tons of junk hidden in its library. It’s a whole different kind of junk, and CleanMyMac cleans it up, too. Photo Junk searches your iPhoto library to locate useless and hidden copies of your pics, kept by iPhoto after you rotate, crop, or otherwise edit them.

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Industry experts talk about CleanMyMac X

I run CleanMyMac X weekly on my Mac mini M2 Pro to ensure things run smoothly, keep any bloatware in check, and reclaim purgeable disk space. Yes, I could do some of those tasks manually using the Terminal app; it’s much quicker with software and saves me time. CleanMyMac X is also useful for uninstalling and updating software.
Mark Sparrow
If you’ve found yourself struggling with a nearly full Mac, check out CleanMyMac X. The app has been an excellent way to recover space with minimal effort for many years
John Voorhees
From insane speed improvements to malware removal, a new menu design, and more, this release is packed with new features that you are going to want to check out
Jared Dipane
Are you maintaining a healthy Mac? It doesn’t have to be hard. CleanMyMac X offers all the tools you need to ensure your machine is always speedy and safe.
Killian Bell
CleanMyMac X helps you remove unneeded files and get an overview of what is slowing down your computer.
Romain Dillet
CleanMyMac X

CleanMyMac X

Make your Mac as good as new

Get CleanMyMac X to do helpful things on your Mac. It deals with storage, speed, and malware issues. It even turns junk into free space. Run it once, never part with it.

System Requirements:

macOS 10.13 and higher, 210 MB


Starting at $34.95

Latest Version:

4.15.2, 19 March 2024

*4.9 - rating for all versions, based on 539 user reviews.