How to Install and Use CCleaner for Mac: 11 Steps

CCleaner is a great program that you can install on your Mac and use to clean Web browsers, files you don’t need any longer, system applications, OSX features, and so on. Basically, it’s a tool that can help you keep your Mac clean and organized. Today’s guide is all about installing CCleaner for Mac and using it for the best results.

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How to Install and Use CCleaner for Mac in 11 Simple Steps

1. Download the Program

In order to download the CCleaner setup, you have to access the Piriform website by clicking on this link. Once you click on it, the program will start downloading automatically.

2. Run the Program

Once the program has stopped downloading, open your Downloads folder and click on the file entitled CCMacSetup.dmg. This will run the program.

3. Open the Program

After the system has finished installing the program on your Mac, a box will open, from which you can drag the program icon to the folder where you keep all your applications. That’s where you’ll find it from now on, and simply clicking on it will get it to start.

4. Open the Cleaner Icon

Now that you’ve clicked on the CCleaner program, all you have to do to start the process of cleaning your Mac is click on the Cleaner icon that you can find on the left of the program window.

5. Choose what You Want to Clean

When you’re on the OSX tab, you have to choose exactly what you want the program to clean, by checking the boxes for the respective features. For instance, if you want to clean Safari, click on the Apple icon that you can find next to it. Once you click on it, your Mac will show a dialog box with some warning text that tells you all about the dangers of deleting something before you’re absolutely sure that you want to do it. After carefully reading the warning, click OK.

6. Open Applications

Now, it’s time to open the Applications tab, where you can find all the apps that the program is able to clean for you. The apps that you’re going to see here depend on the version of the software that you’ve just installed on your Mac.

7. Select Applications

Among all the applications that the CCleaner displays, you’re going to have to find the ones that you want/need to clean.

8. Analyze the Files and Apps

After selecting the desired apps, you have to click on the Analyze button. This button will start the process of checking all the files and the applications that you’ve previously selected. Keep in mind that depending on the number of files and apps that you want the program to analyze, this process might take a while.

9. Review the Files and Apps

Once the process is over, the CCleaner allows you to look at each individual file that it has analyzed, just to make sure that you truly want to take all of them out of your Mac. You’re going to be able to review both the OSX features and the applications, which are going to be sorted according to the category they belong to. All you have to do to view a list is double click on one of the items you can find on the right of the window.

10. Run the Cleaner

Now, on to the most exciting part of this process, which is actually cleaning your Mac by getting rid of all the unwanted files and applications. In order to do that, you have to click on Run Cleaner. Since once you remove your files, you won’t be able to restore them, the CCleaner will warn you once more that running the cleaner will permanently delete the files from your Mac. If this is what you want, then click OK.

11. Check the Report

After the program cleans the files, it will also present you with a report of the cleaning, which you can review if you like.

Last Remarks

As we hope we’ve been able to prove in today’s guide, the process of how to install and use CCleaner for Mac is not at all difficult. All you have to do is follow the 11 simple steps above, and your Mac will be clear of unwanted files in no time. One thing we must mention is that in order to be able to enjoy all the features of CCleaner for Mac, you’re going to have to open an administrator account and log in with it. If you simply use it as a restricted user, your Mac might stop you from getting rid of certain files.

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How to Clean Up Other Storage on Mac: 5 Easy Ways

In case you didn’t know it yet, your Mac has an Other storage category that normally shouldn’t concern you, but that you can choose to clean up if you need extra space on your computer. Basically, this category is made up of plug-ins, caches, and documents that your OSX stores. The files can’t harm your Mac in any way, nor are they wasteful to its system. In its ideal condition, the Other category should actually help your computer be more efficient. Still, sometimes, when your general storage is low, they can do more harm than good by additionally clogging your Mac. Which is why today, we’re going to teach you how to clean up Other storage on Mac.

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Clean Up Other Storage on Mac Using These 5 Techniques

#First Technique

The first way in which you can clean up the Other storage on your Mac is to go to the Finder option and press the key combination Cmd + Shift + G. This will open a number of folders, from which you’ll have to go to ~/Downloads, ~/Library/Caches, and ~/Documents/Logs. These are the main folders where you can find things such as downloads, installations, .dmg or pkg files, and so on. Every file that you consider unnecessary out of these folders, you can delete.

#Second Technique

If you think the technique above will take too long to apply, there’s another thing that you can do to clean up the Other storage on Mac faster and easier. This involves installing a program called Clear Disk. This tool can help you clear the things you don’t want to keep in your Other storage in no time.

#Third Technique

Yet another tip on how to get rid of Other storage on Mac is to use Smart Folder Finder. What you have to do is press Cmd + F when you’re on the This Mac page. Then, select the folder named Other. This will open a window where you’ll be able to find an option called File size. After making sure that option is ticked, click OK and specify the size that you want the files to have. You’ll get a list of files that you can browse through and delete anything that seems useless. This technique also takes a bit of time, but it’s an effective way to clean up the Other storage on any Mac.

#Fourth Technique

In some cases, if you haven’t done what is called a clean reinstallation in a long time, your Mac collects large folders full of system files for certain applications. These files are stored in Other, clogging the space even further. The only way to make sure your disk will get cleared is to reinstall the respective apps. There’s a program that can help you do that, which is called App Cleaner. You can use this tool and delete service files. This will allow you to launch your applications as if you’ve just installed them.

#Fifth Technique

While most people are able to clear their Other storage on Mac using one of the fourth techniques above (or a combination of them), for some people this is either not enough, or not working properly. If you’ve tried the options above and you’re not entirely satisfied with them, there’s one more thing you can try. This involves taking a look at the hard drive on your Mac and check which are the folders and files that take up a lot of your memory. Remember that some files might be hidden, which is why sometimes you fail to understand what’s occupying all that memory on your Mac.

Since cleaning the files on your hard drive manually would be too complicated and time-consuming, we recommend installing the Disk Expert app. This app will scan your hard drive and identify the largest folders and files. Then, it will delete those that it finds unnecessary, so that you don’t have to. You’ll be able to see a visual representation of your hard drive space usage in the shape of a sunburst diagram. The diagram will show you where the bulkiest content is hiding.

Final Thoughts

Whenever you need some extra space on your Mac, we advise taking a look at your Other storage and checking if you can find things that you have no use for. We hope today’s 5 Mac Other storage cleanup techniques will help you free some much-needed space on your computer. Remember that if you don’t need any additional space, you shouldn’t concern yourself with the files stored on the Other partition of your Mac.

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