MacMaster/MacCube vs. CleanMyMac X

Mac Cube (formerly MacMaster) and CleanMyMac X are two Mac utilities that gained wide popularity in Japan. If you’ve gotten interested in this category of software, your Mac probably needs a bit of loving attention. Below we’ll explain the differences between both apps. And we’ll share how to clean your Mac in the easiest and most budget-friendly way.

CleanMyMac vs. MacMaster by FonePaw: The basics

Let’s get a bird’s-eye view of these two applications. Visually and functionally, you’ll find them very similar. Each app has a sidebar with tools on the left and the main screen where the actual cleaning takes place.

CleanMyMac X is an app that combines 29 tools for Mac cleanup and optimization. These tools go way beyond simple cleanup: you can check the health of your system, tune your Mac for faster speed, optimize here and there, and even delete malware. It has a free version you can download below:

CleanMyMac X - Smart Scan

Download a free version of CleanMyMac X

CleanMyMac X is notarized by Apple meaning Apple has found it safe for distribution.

The MacCube cleaner does many similar jobs, including the ability to clean up duplicate files. Curiously enough, MacCube has a feature called “Smart Scan.” And guess what? CleanMyMac X has a feature with the same name. To our knowledge, CleanMyMac X has been around a bit longer than MacCube (MacMaster) and is probably the originator of many classic cleanup features.

CleanMyMac X is a product of MacPaw, a reputable Mac developer, also the maker of Gemini 2 and Setapp. MacCube comes under the brand of FonePaw. Is this affection for “paws” in the name merely a coincidence? We don’t know, but according to CleanMyMac X, the company has two cats living in their office, and these cuties steal thousands of likes on their Instagram.

CleanMyMac vs. MacCube: The functionality

Now let’s go over the main features these apps are known for.

Junk cleanup

CleanMyMac X has a dedicated tool called “System Junk.” So what does it consider junk?
The app removes outdated cache files, old logs, broken downloads, unused .DMG installers, language files, etc. In total, there are 14 types of clutter grouped under System Junk.

CleanMyMac X - System Junk

Generally speaking, junk on your Mac is 80% cache files. Any app generates such cached data, for example, saved settings, for quicker access. So cleaning your Mac means primarily cleaning the cache.

Fonepaw’s MacCube also removes system junk, and its list of categories is just slightly different. In addition to cache files, this app cleans email attachments, email cache, and iTunes cache.

Test results for detecting junk*:
CleanMyMac X: 6.81 GB
MacCube: 4.13 GB

Test done on a MacBook Pro 15’’ (2018) with 250 GB of storage.

Check out CleanMyMac X website

Uninstalling apps

Uninstalling apps on Mac is more complicated than on Windows. That’s why a good Mac cleaner app must include an uninstaller assistant for removing programs completely.

Uninstaller module in CleanMyMacX

Test results for total apps found:

CleanMyMac X: 47
MacCube: 58

While MacCube found slightly more apps than CleanMyMac X, the latter app gives more insight into what these apps actually are. CleanMyMac X allows you to filter by “Unused” apps, and, in our view, this is a killer feature for an average user.

Another situation where CleanMyMac X breaks ahead is a feature called “App reset.” You can reset the app when it refuses to work without removing it and reinstalling back again. Obviously, a time saver! We’ve found no such tool in MacCube.

Cleaning the large & old files

This is again a tool that both apps have. And they work pretty much the same way. The Large & Old files module helps you free up space not in tiny bits but on a massive scale, directly selecting the largest space-hoggers.

LAOF module of CleanMyMacX

In both CleanMyMac X and MacCube (MacMaster) you can filter the oldest files on your Mac by music, archives, or movies. You can also narrow down the results by size or date.

Here’s the difference between MacCube by Fonepaw and CleanMyMac X. MacCube only allows you to delete the selected files, while CleanMyMac X gives you 4 more options: delete securely, move to the Trash, move to folder, etc.

Malware removal

The 2020 security report by Malwarebytes found that Macs are more prone to malware threats compared to their eternal rival, Windows. There has been a 400% jump in the number of Mac infections. This is to say that a good Mac cleaning app must include an antivirus.

Malware removal module of CleanMyMacX

CleanMyMac X does include its proprietary antivirus. This feature is called Malware Removal, and it detects viruses, cryptocurrency miners, adware programs, ransomware, etc. According to the developers, it’s especially good at stopping adware, like those annoying infections that redirect your browser’s homepage.

As of 2022, MacCube doesn’t provide an antivirus feature. Yet, its unique feature is the Duplicate Finder. This tool could be another great way to free up space.

The verdict

CleanMyMac X and Fonepaw’s MacMaster (MacCuber) are solid Mac cleaning apps. If you want to free up space and speed up your Mac as a bonus, CleanMyMac X is your app. It includes 29 tools in total. But if you need to find duplicate files and also remove some system junk, MacCube can be useful for its simpler range of features.

CleanMyMac X

Reasons to choose:

MacCube (MacMaster)

Reasons to choose:

  • Duplicate file remover
  • Simple interface
  • Great uninstaller feature
Laptop with CleanMyMac
CleanMyMac X

Your Mac. As good as new.