How to Utilize Optimized Storage on Mac

 As compared to personal computers, laptops don’t have enough in-built storage, so a user can’t carry unnecessary data. Even after taking care of the laptop’s storage and avoiding carrying all unnecessary data, some users still face insufficient storage issues. Especially for a Mac user, storage is such a major thing. But Apple provides useful Mac features that can help its users optimize its storage.

Optimizing storage doesn’t delete any unnecessary data from the device, but it saves the important files in iCloud drives. It reduces the insufficient storage chances, and whenever the user needs their necessary data, they can easily access or recover it from iCloud.


There are multiple options available for Mac users to optimize storage. Every optimization feature can be used together or separately. It includes Store in iCloud, Empty Trash Automatically, and Optimize Storage.

How to Operate Optimized Storage on Mac

Users can access the Optimize Storage feature in two different ways. The first process is quite easy. In this section, you’ll have to wait until your device’s storage gets full, and you’ll be asked to optimize the device’s storage. Tap Yes, and you’ll directly enter the Optimize storage section.

  • Press the Apple Icon on the top left corner side of your Mac’s screen.
  • Choose About this Mac from the options.
  • Tap on Storage in the System Information tab.
  • Choose Manage.

Now you’ll get four Optimization tools on the right side of the screen.

How to Access Store in iCloud

The Store in iCloud feature allows the user to save their important files, photos, and messages in iCloud drive and free up the device’s space. The Messages will stay in the device’s storage and won’t be removed until the storage gets full. While running out of storage, the files, photos, and messages are automatically stored in iCloud and easily accessed.

  • Tap on Apple Icon on the top left corner of the screen.
  • Choose About this Mac from the options.
  • Tap on Store in iCloud in the Store section of iCloud.
  • Tap on Store in iCloud once again to confirm the process and enable the device to store photos, messages, and files automatically in iCloud.

How to Optimize Storage on Mac

Optimizing the Storage is related to those files that are saved unnecessary in cloud storage. It includes TV shows, movies, and podcasts. While performing Optimize Storage, all these saved files get removed from the device, and users will have to reinstall it to watch it again.

Mac also provides the feature of storing email attachments. Users have to set it up to store their email attachments on Mac or iCloud. Storing the attachments in the cloud will allow users to download those files anytime they want.

  • Tap on Apple Icon on the top left corner of the screen.
  • Choose About this Mac from the options.
  • Tap on the Storage option in the System Information tab.
  • Tap on Manage.
  • Tap Optimize in the Optimize Storage tab.
  • Tap Optimize once again for confirming the feature to remove the saved TV shows, movies, and already watched programs.

How to Access Empty Trash Automatically

Trash, Bin, and Recycle Bin, all these features work similarly to keep the deleted files. Most of the users use this feature but forgets to clean the Trash. Indeed, it keeps all waste files, but those waste files also consume the device’s storage and need to be cleaned regularly. Luckily the users can turn on a feature that will allow Trash to delete those in Trash for more than 30 days.

  • Tap on the Apple Icon in the top left corner side of the display.
  • Choose About this Mac from the options.
  • Tap on Storage in the System Information tab.
  • Tap Manage.
  • Turn On Empty Trash Automatically to optimize the storage.
  • Tap again on Turn On to confirm the process and enable the Empty Trash Automatically.

Once activated this option, the Trash will automatically delete those in Trash for more than 30 days.

Conclusion 

Mac is highly used for professional use, so users shouldn’t keep movies or shows on its hard drive. Users can keep files in cloud storage, which can help them keep their device’s storage free. Mac users can optimize storage in several ways, and all of them can be used at once or separately. 


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