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Tips for Managing Your Storage

To start, you can read Apple's documentation on managing your storage by following this link:
How to free up storage space on your Mac

Manage Google Drive Syncing

If you allow Google Drive to Sync all files you may find that you have more in Google than your computer can store. We can choose to sync selectively from Google Drive, or not at all (the remaining files will still be available from the web browser).

To start, click the cloud icon in the upper righthand corner of your screen.


Next click on the three dots along the top of the Backup and Sync menu. Then in the pop out menu select Preferences.

In the window that opens select Google Drive in the lefthand portion. This will bring you to a pane where you can select whether or not you want to sync the Google Drive folder. You will also see the option to Sync only these folders. Where you can selectively sync folders with Google Drive.

Once you've chosen which files you would like to sync you can navigate to your local copy of the Google Drive folder and delete anything that you chose not to sync in the future. If the folders are NOT syncing they will remain in Google Drive on the web.

Check Your Downloads Folder

A place where you may find a large number of files that you no longer need is your Downloads Folder. This is the default location where files go when you download them in Safari and Chrome. Move any files from this folder to your trash can and empty it. By Default you can find a shortcut to the downloads folder in your dock.

Empty Your Trash

If the trash icon in your dock looks like the following picture, that means you have trash in it that you have not emptied. If you have not emptied the trash the files inside still use up space on your computer. Click on the icon to open the trash and in the next window click the Empty button to permanently remove the files from your computer and free up space.

Phone Backups in iTunes

If you've been syncing your iPhone with your staff computer you've likely been creating phone backups on your computer which take up a large amount of space. We recommend that you start backing up via iCloud for your personal devices. You can find more information on Apple's support page backing up: How to backup with iCloud

To remove any phone backups currently on your machine open iTunes then in the upper lefthand corner click iTunes and in the dropdown menu select Preferences


In the Preferences window select Devices along top. This will open a window where you can select and delete your backups. We also recommend clicking the check box next to Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically so that new devices won't do this as well.



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selfhelp/mac/managingstorage.txt · Last modified: 2019/08/06 13:36 by astrugatch