I tend to have chronically low available disk space, both on the iPhone and the MacBook Pro. It’s that bad that I have to delete apps to take pictures, or files to open a new browser tab.
For reference, here’s my list on how to claim back that SSD space on the MacBook:
- Find out where your precious space has gone using a disk space analyser. I am very happy with Disk Inventory X.
- Install a memory extension in the SD slot to give you some air to breathe. I use the Transcend JetDrive Lite (Amazon) and am very happy with it.
- With phone storage space increasing, and the move to SSDs on notebooks, full phone backups take a considerable amount of disk space. Thus it’s a good idea to move the iTunes backup folder to an external hard-drive or the installed SD extension (for me that frees up at least 32GB on 256GB). There’s a tutorial on how to do that here.
- Try CCleaner to remove unneeded files and clear your browser cache (or delete your browser’s localStorage and cache yourself).
- For developers, clean the homebrew cache and remove old versions:
rm -rf `brew --cache` # Deletes cache
brew cleanup # Removes old, unlinked versions
- Check your selective synchronisation settings for Dropbox, Google Drive, and your favourite email client.