Two ways to clean the Origin cache on your Mac

If you play games on your Mac, and particularly if you like sports-type games, you will probably install Origin at some point. Origin is EA’s online distribution platform and store, on which it sells and allows you to download its games. Most of the time, it just works. However, occasionally you might run into problems, and when that happens, it can often be fixed by cleaning Origin’s cache. In this article, we’ll show you how to do that.

What is Origin?

It’s an online store and distribution platform for EA games.

Why do I need to clear Origin’s cache?

There are a number of problems that can be fixed by clearing the cache. These include:

  • Origin being stuck in offline mode
  • Origin not updating when there’s an update available
  • Games not downloading
  • Games getting stuck while downloading
  • Missing games in your Origin library

In all of those cases, clearing the cache can help.

Tip

Did you know that your Mac stores lots of junk files, including cache files for applications like Origin, as well as system files that you don’t need and temporary files that haven’t been deleted? You can remove all these files and clear several gigabytes of space on your boot drive, as well as improve your Mac’s performance with just a few clicks using CleanMyMac X.


How to clear Origin’s cache on your Mac

To clear the cache files, you must turn detective and hunt them down, before moving them to the Trash. Fortunately, we can show you where to look so it doesn’t take too long.

  1. In the Finder, click on the Go menu.
  2. Choose Go to Folder.
  3. Type: /Library/Application Support. (Note that this is the main Library folder on your Mac and not your user library folder).

Now you’ll have to locate the Origin Folder.

  1. Inside the Origin Folder, you’ll see a folder called DownloadCache. Drag it to the Trash.
  2. Empty the Trash.

To check if that worked, log in to Origin and check your games in My Game Library. They should all be present and correct.

How to clear all cache on your Mac in one go

While the steps above may be straight forward and reasonably quick, they are only clearing the cache for one app. Imagine if you had several apps whose cache you needed to clear out. It could take a while. That’s one place where CleanMyMac X can help. It gets rid of all kinds of junk files with just a couple of clicks. Here’s how it works.

  1. If you don’t already have it, you can download CleanMyMac X for free here.
  2. Once it’s downloaded, follow the steps on screen to install it.
  3. Launch CleanMyMac X from your Applications folder.

Choose System Junk from the sidebar and press Scan. When it’s finished, CleanMyMac will tell you how much junk it has found and what it consists of. To get rid of it all, press Clean. Alternatively, if you want to know more about what it has found and choose what to get rid of and what to keep, press Review Details.

Click on each section in the middle panel in turn and review the items within it. If there are any you don’t want to remove, uncheck the box next to them. Alternatively, you can uncheck a whole section so that nothing within it is deleted.

Origin is a great platform for managing and downloading installations of your EA games. But occasionally it can run into problems such as games getting stuck downloading, or games you’ve downloaded not appearing in your library. When that happens, follow the instructions to clear the cache and try again. Don’t forget to use CleanMyMac X to clear out other cache files and junk from your Mac to free up space and help it run more smoothly.

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