If your Mac is running poorly or if you’re constantly running out of space, you should try clearing your Mac’s cache. It could help.
There are numerous ways to improve your Mac’s performance, but clearing your computer’s cache is a quick and easy way to help it run more efficiently.
You don’t need to clear your Mac’s cache every day, but it’s a good idea to do some spring cleaning every once in awhile. Clearing your cache gets rid of temporary files (like images) your computer collects from websites you visit.
How to Clear Cache on Mac
- Open up Finder on your Mac.
- With the Finder window open, hold down shift, command, and G. A new window will pop up.
- In that window type in ~/Library/Caches.
- Click Go.
- Once you do that you’ll be brought to the folder that contains your Mac’s cached data. You now have a few options. You can manually select what you want to delete or you can delete everything.
- If you want to delete everything, press command and A which will select all of your folders.
- With all of them selected, press command and delete.
- After you do this, you’ll be prompted to put in your Mac’s password. After you input the password, your cached data will be deleted.
If you’d prefer to delete your Mac’s cached data without a shortcut, you can use the following steps. This is useful if your keyboard isn’t responding.
- Minimize or close all windows so that the taskbar at the top of your Mac’s screen says Finder.
- Click Go.
- Now click Go to Folder.
- A search box will pop up and you’ll want to type in ~/Library/Caches.
- Click Go.
- In the toolbar click Edit and then click Select All.
- Now, in the toolbar click File and select Move to Trash.
- Enter your Mac’s password to complete the process.
After you’ve done that you may want to clear the cache of apps like Safari and/or Chrome. This will help you clear out space and it could help your computer run a bit faster.
- If you use Apple’s Safari browser on your Mac, here’s how to get rid of cookies and other data stored on your device.
- Open up Safari on your Mac.
- With Safari open, look in the upper left of the toolbar and click Safari.
- In the drop down menu, select Clear History. This will clear your browsing history.
- Next, click Safari from the toolbar. This time select Preferences.
- Go to the Advanced tab.
- Look down and check the box that says Show Develop menu in menu bar. Close this window.
- You should now see a Develop tab on your toolbar. Click that.
- In the new drop down menu, click Empty Caches.
If you use Google Chrome, here’s how to clear your data.
- Open up Chrome.
- In the top left corner of the tool bar click Chrome.
- In the drop down menu click Clear Browsing Data.
- You will now be in your browser’s settings where you can pick and choose what to delete.
- Select what you want and click Clear Data.
If you continue to run into issues on your Mac, you’ll want to check out our list of fixes for the most common macOS problems. It’s a good starting point.
Install macOS Big Sur 11.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you should think about installing the macOS Big Sur 11.4 update right now.
macOS Big Sur 11.4 has a whopping 50+ security patches on board. You can read more about them over on Apple's security site.
If you missed macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, it had two crucial security patches on board, both related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, head over to Apple's website.
If you skipped macOS Big Sur 11.3, it also had patches on board. The list included one for a vulnerability that escaped built-in malware protections. For more on macOS Big Sur 11.3's patches, head on over to Apple's security site.
If you missed earlier versions of macOS, you'll want to consider upgrading so you get their security patches as well.
macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 brought one security patch to Mac users. You can read more about it on Apple's website.
macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 had three security patches on board. You can read about them over on its security website.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 had a ton of patches on board and you can learn more about them right here.
If you missed macOS Big Sur 11.1, it had 51 security patches on board. You can read about them right here.
macOS Big Sur 11.1 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you're moving up from macOS Catalina, you'll get macOS Big Sur 11.0.1's 50+ security patches. If you're interested these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, macOS Big Sur comes with additional security and privacy upgrades including improvements to the App Store and Safari.
In Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With macOS Big Sur on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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