MacOS storage optimization tips

MacOS storage optimization tips

Clearing Up Space on Your MacBook: The Optimize Storage Feature

MacBook Air

If you’re a MacBook or iMac user, you may have experienced the frustration of limited storage space. With slim laptops like the MacBook Pro or Air sporting a meager 256GB hard drive, it’s becoming increasingly common to run out of room. Fortunately, MacOS offers a nifty solution that can help prevent your hard drive from filling up – the Optimize Storage feature.

Keeping Your MacBook’s Hard Drive in Check

Once upon a time, a 256GB hard drive was considered generous. Now, it’s barely enough to store all our files and media. However, with Optimize Storage, built-in to MacOS, you can combine it with “Store in iCloud” and “Empty Trash automatically” to regain control over your limited space.

By utilizing this feature, you can store certain files, such as documents, photos, and videos, on your iCloud account instead of your local storage. This allows you to make the most of your limited space without worrying about running out.

How Optimize Storage Works

Optimize Storage primarily focuses on removing Apple TV movies and TV shows that you’ve already watched, retaining only the most recent email attachments when storage space becomes limited. It’s worth noting that this feature affects videos purchased or rented through the Apple digital store and Apple TV+, not downloaded or created videos.

If you frequently enjoy movies or TV series on your MacOS device, then this feature is perfect for you. However, if you’re not an avid consumer of video media, you can explore other storage options such as “Store in iCloud” and “Empty Trash Automatically” to free up space.

Enabling Optimize Storage

To take advantage of the Optimize Storage feature, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open System Settings – Click the Apple menu at the top left of your display. – Select System Settings from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Access Storage Settings – Within the System Settings window, click on General in the left sidebar. – Proceed to click Storage, granting you access to the Optimize Storage option.

Step 3: Enable Optimize Storage – From the list of options, click Optimize. – A popup will appear, requesting your confirmation to enable the feature. – Once you click Optimize, MacOS will begin its optimization process.

After completing the optimization, you’ll regain valuable space on your hard drive. If you have a substantial Apple TV+ library or frequently rent movies from the digital store, you’ll likely see an even greater improvement in available storage.

Remember, any purchased TV shows and movies can be redownloaded at any time, so there’s no need to worry about losing them.

By utilizing the Optimize Storage feature, you can ensure that your MacBook’s storage won’t fill up prematurely, allowing you to enjoy all your media without any inconveniences.

So, go ahead and optimize your storage – your MacBook will thank you!