Last updated on July 20th, 2019 at 10:49 am
You might have heard Cache many times, and you also have heard that they are quite useful in order to make your make processing fast. On one side that is quite true but on the other side, how it affects the Mac performance you also need to know. Here you will see complete detail about Cache and find best ways to delete cache files from MacBook.
What is Cache?
A cache is the small temporary files that are stored on your Mac and makes the user experience better when you frequently use the same thing again and again. For instance, if we take an example, when we open PDF in browser and then closed but next time when you open the same PDF it would take probably less time in order to have a better user experience. You might see some pictures takes a lot of time firstly when you open on your Mac but next time they immediately open up, the reason behind above two examples is that your previous things are stored as temporary files termed as cache,
How Cache affects Mac performance?
Well after reading the above passage this question may arise in your mind. The reason is simple more the usage of Mac more will be the storage of temporary files. You cant even think that Cache even rises to several GB which effects system performance to a great extent. It is always advisable to clear your cache to improve your Mac performance.
There are mainly three types of cache in your Mac namely Browser cache, User cache, and System cache. Here we will clear all the cache to improve Mac performance.
Well, there are two ways to delete cache files from MacBook. You can clear cache manually which is time-consuming or by using CleanMyMac 3 by which you can clear your cache within seconds.
How to Delete Cache Files from MacBook using CleanMyMac X
I recommend you to use this cleaning utility, as it completely removes your cache and this has most advanced features to check which temporary file is more important and what is less important, Follow some steps to clear the cache using CleanMyMac utility tool.
- Open CleanMyMac X on your Mac (Use Coupon Code – 4EDUCATION)
- Go to System junk
- Tap on Scan and after this tap Clean.
You have done, you have cleaned up all your cache from your Mac. It is so simple and finished the clean up within seconds. This works on all OS version of your Mac.
Still, if you want to clear cache manually then follow the steps shown below.
Delete Cache on MacBook Manually
The manually clearing cache needs to be done individually on all cache types. Let us start with clearing User cache
Clear User cache manually
User cache takes the majority of junk on your Mac and is the main reason behind the slow performance of Mac. Follow some steps to clear User cache manually.
- Open Finder window and in Go menu select Go to Folder.
- Type ~/Library/Caches and press enter to go to this folder.
- You to each folder individually and remove everything.
NOTE: Make sure that some important folder could not get deleted. Try to delete a file within these folders instead of removing a complete folder,
Once done with the above steps now do the same procedure again but this time replace ~/Library/Caches with /Library/Caches.
After completing steps, also empty your trash. For this Control-click to the Trash icon in the dock and tap Empty Trash. Now restart your Mac and feel some improvements. If still, that makes you frustrated I would prefer you to head on to CleanMyMac 3 Utility tool. That would completely eliminate all your problems.
Clear System and Application cache manually
Manually clearing System and App cache clear cache up to some extent but not completely. App cache is basically the temporary files that make your experience with those particular apps more friendly. But with time these files keep on increasing and slow down your Mac. Remove them carefully otherwise some important files may get removed.
To delete your system cache follow the same steps as that of cleaning user cache by going to ~/Library/Caches and move to a particular app and delete their inside files which you think are not quite useful.
CAUTION: Do not delete the files you are not familiar with as you may lose some important files which help you Mac for its running, I recommend you to have a backup of every folder, later on, you can delete it if everything works well.
On the safer side, you must go for CleanMyMac 3 so that no important file gets deleted. This cleaning utility handles everything automatically and works within seconds, Try using it and clear your Mac cache.
Flush out DNS Cache on your MacBook Manually
DNS cache is the case of System cache. DNS cache is basically stored as the domain names you have entered earlier and to make a better user experience the domain name you frequently use comes into a display. For example, you might have noticed for opening Google you sometimes notice that while typing only G letter complete google display, this is because of DNS cache as they store the previous entries to make a better experience. But with this the occupy lot of storage which is hidden but effects Mac performance. Follow steps to remove them manually.
- Open Terminal by typing terminal into the spotlight.
- Type below command and hit Enter.
sudo discoveryutil mdnsflushcache;sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches;say flushed
- To execute above command enter your admin password
This will clear your DNS cache up to some extent. You will see some improvements in your Mac performance.
Clear Browser (or Internet) cache manually
You may be using a different browser on your Mac and every browser on your Mac has different steps to clear browsing cache which sometimes we called Internet cache. For instance Chrome stores cache in settings, Firefox in History tap and in safari you can erase from Privacy tab In order to make your browsing faster, browser cache stores some of the temporary files in your browser and when you visit that website again then it restores scripts, images to make your experience better.
See some of the steps to clear the cache on your browser manually.
Clearing Cache in Safari browser
- Choose Safari from the top menu.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now tap on the Advanced tab.
- Now you will see the menu bar, enable show Develop menu there.
- In the menu bar, navigate to Develop.
- Click on Empty caches.
You are done with this, you have successfully removed the cache from Mac if you are working on Safari.
Clearing Cache in Google Chrome browser
- Choose settings from the burger icon on the top right corner of your browser.
- Tap on History option from there.
- Now you will see the option displaying Clear browsing data.
- Mark tick on Browsing history and Cached images and files.
- Obliterate the following items from the beginning of time.
- After done with an above click on Clear browsing data.
You have successfully removed cache data from the Google Chrome browser.
Clearing Cache in Firefox browser
- Select Clear Recent History from the History menu.
- You will see time range, select the time range from where you wanted to clear. It is recommended to select it from the beginning by selecting Everything.
- Now tick the boxes under Detail and choose Cache.
- Tap on Clear now.
- Exit the browser and restart the browser again with a clear cache. Must note that from the first use itself the cache keeps on storing on your Mac and it is adviced always to clear them regularly so that they won’t affect your Mac performance.
I hope this tutorial, about how to clear the cache on mac help you in removing cache which is stored as temporary files. But still, going for a manual method I recommend you to use CleanMyMac to remove the cache from your Mac completely. CleanMyMac is simply faster and easy to use. Manually it takes a lot of time and possibilities are still there of having temporary files which can not be removed completely manually. With CleanMyMac you can easily remove all your browser cache in a single click. CleanMyMac is one stop solution for all your cache, junk file problems.
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I hope you like this tutorial about best ways to delete cache files from MacBook and easily fix this frustrating problem.