How to Find & Delete Hidden MacBook Files?

Operating Systems usually hide a number of files from the user for certain reasons; if you can’t see it, you can’t break it. However, sometimes, though rarely, you need to access these files hidden in ~/Library folder, mostly for fixing things that are not working on your system.

Moreover, you need to view the hidden folder when you want to delete some files to make more space on the storage media. Though you can make significant space by cleaning files that you do not require anymore, it is recommended not to delete anything unless you know what you are doing or you have a recent backup.

The files that you cannot see by default are usually stored with a full stop, such as the .htaccess file, .svn directory, or .bash_profile. Folders that are hidden and are not accessible to the users include /bin, /etc, /usr, and more.

If you are finding ways to check the storage on Mac, you will find more here about uncovering the hidden files and deleting them with ease.

How to Find & Delete Hidden MacBook Files

See Hidden Files on macOS

The easiest way to find hidden files within a particular folder is to open the folder and then press Command + Shift + . keys together. To exit the hidden folders, press Command + Shift + . keys again.

However, you cannot see the Library folder using this procedure. The Library folder mainly contains system files and Microsoft Office documents that are saved automatically on the device. To view the Library folder, launch the Finder window, click Go in the menu bar, tap Go to Folder, type ~/Library in the type box, and click Go.

If you are looking for a more straightforward way to find the /Library folder, here’s the easy procedure. Open Finder, press, and hold down the Option or Alt key. Now select the Go from the dropdown options from the menu bar displayed at the top section of the screen.~/Library folder will be displayed beneath the Home folder.

You will see a large number of uncategorized files in the Library folder. You can also view the Library folder from the Terminal in Mac. If you want to keep the ~/Library folder visible, drag the icon from the Finder window and drop it to the sidebar.

Now that you know the different procedures to find the hidden files and folders on macOS let’s discuss the ways to delete these files to make more space for important data.

Delete Hidden Files Permanently From Mac

If you want to delete unnecessary files from your Mac without wasting time in repeated procedures, remove the files permanently without moving them to the Trash. However, before you take any step to delete any kind of data, make sure that you do not need it anymore because you won’t be able to restore it unless you have a backup, in, say, your cloud storage service.

Open the Finder window and select the files that you need to delete, hold down the option key, go to File, and select Delete Immediately from the menu bar. Next, press Command + Option + Delete keys to remove the file and folder completely from the Mac.

Delete Large Volume Files From Mac

For making more space on your Mac system storage, you will have to delete large volume files that are consuming considerable space on media. These files can be the hidden folders that are storing a significant amount of uncategorized data, such as cache files, system cache, temporary files, and more.

To delete these files, click on the Apple logo and tap About This Mac. Next, open the Storage tab, click Manage, select Documents in the sidebar. Click the Large Files tab to see how many large unnecessary files are stored on your system. Alternatively, you may click File Browser to check the size of each file and folder stored on the Mac. Select a file and click Delete to remove that file permanently from the computer.

Delete iOS Files From Mac

Seamless integrations with iPhone and iPad devices give a new functional definition to Mac. You might be saving a number of old iOS and iPadOS backups that have become outdated and demand instant deletion. These backups are consuming a lot of space on storage media and slow down your computer over time.

macOS offers new Storage Management features that allow you to manage iPhone and iPad backups to organize storage. To manage iOS backups, click on the Apple icon in the menu bar, select About This Mac, tap the Storage tab, and click Manage.

Click iOS Files from the left sidebar in the Storage Management window, and it will enlist all the backups. Right-click the backup that you wish to delete and click on the Delete button. The system prompts to confirm the selection, select Delete to permanently remove the iOS backup file from your Mac.

macOS stores all the iPhones and iPad backups in one single subfolder in the Library folder. You can use Spotlight search to locate the backup files and delete them easily using any of the above-mentioned options.