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Needless iOS files, to be exact. Time to free up some space and speed up my Mac as a result!
- What is Other Storage on Mac and How to Remove It?;
- What is Other Storage on Mac and How to Remove It?.
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Encrypted local backups are more secure than iCloud backups, and they save your credentials email and other accounts that require authentication when you move to a new version of iOS or phone. But for devices you no longer own, it's safe to delete them. Or at the very least, move them to an external drive.
To see if you've got any iPhone or iPad backups taking up valuable space on your Mac, click the Apple button in the top left and select About This Mac. Next, click the Storage tab to see a graph of the various categories of files taking up space on your Mac and how much free space remains.
If you see a big chunk labeled as iOS Files, then you've got some backups you can move or delete. In some instances, you may see the calculated amount of free disk space differ from that when you select your hard drive in the Finder and press Command-i to get information on it, and at other times while the total disk space calculation might be correct, the breakdown does not seem correct.
The About This Mac window will show the storage breakdown for all locally mounted hard drives. These errors occur simply because the sizes calculated in the About This Mac window are done from file metadata information that is collected into the Spotlight index, and not from any monitoring of the physical size on disk as is done in the Finder information window. Therefore, if you are seeing incorrect storage calculations then it is likely your Spotlight index is damaged and needs to be rebuilt, which can be done with the following steps:.
Perform these steps for any hard drive that shows an improper storage calculation in the About This Mac window.