This is how you clear Spotify cache on Mac
If you listen to a lot of music on Spotify on your Mac, you may have noticed that its cache can take up several GBs of space. If you restart your Mac, it will clear the cache until the next time you open Spotify. But if you use a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and put your Mac to sleep by closing the lid, rarely restarting it, the cache size may keep growing. How can you delete the Spotify cache without restarting your Mac? Read on to find out.
What is Spotify cache?
Cache files are the temporary data the applications need to load content faster for you. In most cases, the data is deleted when you quit the application, but this doesn’t always happen.
In the Spotify case, the cache is the music you streamed or downloaded during a session when you used the app. If you spend all day listening to Spotify while you work, the cache can grow quite large. Note that the data is encrypted to not copy it to another drive and keep copies of songs you have downloaded.
How to reduce the size of Spotify cache
To reduce the cache’s size, so you don’t have to manually clear it as often, review the quality settings in Preferences. The higher quality you have set, the more data will be streamed, and the larger the cache will grow.
If you’re listening through Mac’s external speakers, do you really need to stream at the highest quality? If not, change the settings to a lower quality option, and you’ll reduce the size of the cache. There’s a side benefit, too. You will reduce the amount of data streaming over your internet connection. So, if your connection is slow, it should speed things up, and if you have a capped tariff, you will use less of your allowance.
Also, think carefully when you download songs for offline listening. How often do you use your Mac offline? Do you really need lots of songs taking up space on your drive?
- Launch the Spotify app on your Mac.
- Go to the Spotify menu and choose Preferences.
- Scroll down to the Music Quality section.
- Click the dropdown menu and choose Low or Normal.
How to quickly clear Spotify cache on your Mac
CleanMyMac X’s System Junk module can clear out Spotify cache quickly and easily, without having to restart your Mac. It can also clear out lots of other junk files, including other applications cache on your Mac, like that from Word, Music, and FaceTime. And it will free up possibly tens of gigabytes of disk space. Here’s how to use it:
- Download, install and launch CleanMyMac X.
- Choose System Junk from the sidebar and press Scan.
- When it’s finished, press Clean to get rid of the junk, or Review Details to see what it’s found and choose what to delete.
How to delete Spotify cache manually
To clear the Spotify cache, open Finder and click the Go menu. Select Go to Folder and enter this path:
~/Library/Application Support/Spotify/PersistentCache/Storage. If you can’t find that folder, here’s how to check where exactly the Spotify cache is stored:
- Open Spotify and click the Spotify menu.
- Select Preferences.
- Scroll down and click Show Advanced Settings.
- In the “Offline songs storage” section, see where Spotify stores cache.
- Go to that folder and empty it to remove the cache.
When you start using Spotify again, the cache will steadily grow, and you may have to keep repeating the process above to clear the cache if you don’t regularly restart your Mac. That’s one reason why restarting your Mac regularly, at least once a week, is a good idea. It removes temporary files and caches and clears virtual memory. It’s like giving your Mac a reset.
Spotify cache should look after itself and you shouldn’t have to worry about clearing it. However, sometimes things go wrong and it just keeps growing. If that happens to you, follow the instructions above to clear it and free up space on your drive. If you use CleanMyMac X’s System Junk module, you will not only clear Spotify cache but lots of other junk files too, freeing up several gigabytes of space.