If your Mac is malfunctioning or if you are constantly running out of space, you should try clearing your Mac’s cache.
There are countless ways to improve your Mac’s performance, but clearing your computer’s cache is a quick and easy way to make it run more efficiently.
You don’t have to clear your Mac’s cache every day, but it’s a good idea to do a spring cleaning every now and then. Clearing your cache removes temporary files (such as images) that your computer collects from websites you visit.
Clear cache on Mac
The process to clear cache on Mac is different from the process used to clear cache on iPhone and iPad. It’s actually a bit easier because there’s a shortcut on macOS.
- Open Finder on your Mac.
- With the Finder window open, hold down shift, command, and G. A new window will appear.
- In that window, type ~/Library/Caches.
- Click Go.
- Once you do that, you will be taken to the folder that contains your Mac’s cached data. You now have a number of 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 to select all your folders.
- When all are selected, press command and delete.
- After doing this, you will be prompted to enter your Mac’s password. After you enter the password, your cached data will be deleted.
If you prefer to delete your Mac’s cached data without a shortcut, you can follow the steps below. This is useful if your keyboard is unresponsive.
- Minimize or close all windows so that the taskbar at the top of the Mac screen says Finder.
- Click Go.
- Now click on Go to folder.
- A search box appears and you type ~/Library/Caches.
- Click Go.
- Click Edit in the toolbar, and then click Select All.
- Now click on File in the toolbar 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 free up space and can help your computer run a little faster.
- If you’re using Apple’s Safari browser on your Mac, here’s how to delete cookies and other data on your device.
- Open Safari on your Mac.
- Open Safari, look in the top left corner of the toolbar and click Safari.
- From the drop-down menu, select Clear history. This will clear your browsing history.
- Then click on Safari in the toolbar. This time, select Preferences.
- Go to the Advanced tab.
- Look down and check the box that says Show Develop menu in the menu bar. Close this window.
- You should now see a Develop tab on your toolbar. Click on that.
- In the new drop-down menu, click Clear Caches.
If you use Google Chrome, here’s how to clear your data.
- Open Chrome.
- In the top left corner of the toolbar, click Chrome.
- Click Clear Browsing Data from the drop-down menu.
- You are now in your browser’s settings where you can choose what to delete.
- Select what you want and click Clear data.
If you continue to experience problems with your Mac, check out our list of solutions for the most common macOS problems. It’s a good starting point.
4 reasons not to install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update right away.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brings two security patches for Mac users. You can read more about it at Apple’s website† These help protect you and your device from damage.
As for older macOS updates, Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.3 update had more than 40 security patches on board. To learn more about these upgrades, check out the details at Apple’s security site†
The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch for Mac users. You can learn more about the patch on Apple’s security site†
Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you are interested in the details, go to Apple’s website learn more.
macOS Monterey 12.1 included 40+ new security patches for Macs. You can read all about it on the company security site†
Microsoft says it discovered a new ‘Powerdir’ vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology and gain unauthorized access to a user’s protected data. Fortunately, Apple has fixed the problem in macOS Monterey 12.1.
macOS Monterey 12.1 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The supplied software Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you’re moving from macOS Big Sur, you’ll also get the 30+ security patches from macOS Monterey 12.0.1 in your update. If you are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can: Read more about it on Apple’s website†
In addition to these patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
New email privacy protection helps prevent senders from tracking your email activity, and there’s a new recording indicator in the Control Center for apps that access your microphone.