How to free disk space on your MacBook Pro

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:

  1. Find out where your precious space has gone using a disk space analyser. I am very happy with  Disk Inventory XDisk Inventory X Screenshot
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Try CCleaner to remove unneeded files and clear your browser cache (or delete your browser’s localStorage and cache yourself).
  5. For developers, clean the homebrew cache and remove old versions:
    rm -rf `brew --cache` # Deletes cache
    brew cleanup # Removes old, unlinked versions
  6. Check your selective synchronisation settings for Dropbox, Google Drive, and your favourite email client.

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