Clear Cache in Mac
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Written by Sydney Honda
Updated over a week ago

What are caches?

Your system and applications generate cache files to load and work faster. Once these files became outdated, they pile up on your Mac and decrease its performance. When you delete system and user caches from Mac OS X, your Mac generates fresh caches that help your apps operate faster and increase overall system performance.

How to clear caches on a Mac manually?

  1. Open a finder window and select “Go to Folder” in the Go menu.

2. Type in ~/Library/ and hit Enter to proceed to this folder.

3. This is optional, but you can highlight the entire folder and drag it to your desktop in case something goes wrong. 

4. Restart your machine so that your apps and system can generate new and fresh caches.

But is it safe to delete cache folders in OS X? Yes, every app is able to recreate fresh caches by default. Note: We recommend that you move the folder to your desktop and restart and ensure everything is running smoothly before deleting that folder.

Also, if you clear cache files to free up additional space, you will need to empty your Trash. To do that, command-click on Trash and select Empty Trash.

Now to clear caches on a Mac with CleanMyMac X

Instead of dealing with Finder and files, you can clear caches on a Mac using the new CleanMyMac X. With it’s advanced algorithms removing system and user cache files is the simplest yet safest operation you can imagine:

First, download and install the app from your Mac App Store, once downloaded, open the app. Once open, click on System Junk on the left hand column, then scan.

You may see an alert like this pop up, just grant access:

Once the scan is complete, click on review files:

On the next page, click on clean:

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