CleanMyMac Review: Still the Best Choice for Mac Cleaner?

CleanMyMac X is a software developed by MacPaw to specifically clear out the junk files and unclutter your Mac's storage space in the most efficient way. Over time, your Mac may become slower and exhibit performance issues. This may be due to the junk and temporary files cluttered in your Mac storage space. This software offers the perfect solution for all such problems. Through this article, you will know how effective this software is as per its claims, and you can have a overall idea of this tool  at below:

What we Like:

  • Logical user interface.
  • Scan speeds are pretty fast.
  • Multiple cleaning features.
  • Improves the performance of Mac system by deleting junk files.

What we Don't Like:

  • When compared to its competitors, it is a bit more expensive.
  • The duplicate files cannot be searched through this software.
Price Ease of Use Cleaning Success Rate Supported Files Customer Support Mac's Performance Improvement Cleaning & File Scanning Speed
Rating 3/5 4.5/5 4/5 5/5 4/5 4/5 4/5

Part 1: How Does CleanMyMac Clean Junk Files on Mac?

There are so many files which get built up in your Mac over time. CleanMyMac X's main purpose is to clear up these junk files and make your Mac system functioning efficiently. Let's have a look at each of its cleaning features and see how effective it has been in doing its job.

1. System Junk Clean Up

With this feature, all the temporary files and junk files on your system can be identified and cleared. This will make the macOS and the apps on it function smoothly.

After installing this software on Mac, you just have to click on "Scan" and the unused temporary files would be cleared. You can even review the potential junk files and clear them as needed.

scan files

2. Clean Photo Junk

There may be some photos you have downloaded through the internet and these photos may have many cache files and occupy unnecessary storage space which causing problems in the functionality of your Mac system.

These files can be easily cleared with the help of CleanMyMac. For doing this, you need to select the option "Photo Junk" from the left menu and click on "Scan". Once the files have been found, you just need to click on "Clean" and these photos would be cleared out by this software.

photo junk

3. Clean iTunes Junk

iTunes is basically used for almost all the functions in a Mac system. Besides the function of playing videos or music on Mac, it is also used to create a backup of the files on your system. This is the sole reason why the files on it occupy large spaces in the hard drive.

Launch this software and click on "iTunes Junk" option from the left menu and click on "Scan". In just a few minutes, the scanned results will be displayed and you can click on "Clean" to clear up these iTunes junk files.

itunes junk

4. Empty Trash Bin

Trash Bins are pretty useful in any system including Mac. If you delete any file by mistake, you can always get it back from the Trash Bin. However, there are some files in the Trash Bin which you would have deleted on purpose and may have forgotten about it. Over time, the files in Trash Bin would keep getting added and this may slow down your system as it would take up a lot of storage space.

You can use CleanMyMac X to clear out these junk files in the Trash Bin. You can do this by selecting "Trash Bins" from the menu on the left and then clicking on the "Scan" option. Once the files are scanned, you can click on "Empty" to empty the Trash Bin.

The scanning speed of this software is pretty impressive. However, this software does not give you the option of reviewing the files before deleting or removing them from your system forever.

trash bins

Part 2: Review of CleanMyMac's Malware Removal & Privacy Feature

Mac is much more secure and safe to use when compared to Windows. However, it is not a good idea to take this security for granted and assume that your Mac is free of Malware and all the privacy features are intact. The deterioration in the performance of your Mac may also be due to Malware. You can check this with the help of this software.

1. Malware Removal

From the "Protection" section on the left, click on "Malware Removal" and then "Scan".

If there are any Malware threats, you will be notified and all the infected files can be removed.

malware removal

2. Privacy

Sensitive information on your Mac like the browser history, autofills, etc, which can be used by hackers can be removed through this software.

You can do this by clicking on "Privacy" from the left menu under "Protection", and then clicking on "Scan". The privacy threats will then be displayed to you so that you can remove the files which you wish to.

mac privacy

Through these Malware and Privacy checks on your Mac, your mind can be at peace that your files and other sensitive data on your system are safe.

Part 3: Review of Its App and Extension Uninstaller Feature

Whenever you delete a particular app or uninstall it, some files are left behind which wastes the storage space on your Mac system. Through this software, you can keep a track of such files and delete them completely.

Select the "Uninstaller" option from the left menu and click on "View all Applications".

system applications

All the applications will be categorized under different sections for ease of access, you can select the applications which you wish to uninstall and click on "Uninstall".

You can view the system and widget extensions the same way by clicking on "Extensions" from the left menu and then on "View all Extensions".

system extensions3

You can now select the extensions listed here which you no longer need and click on "Remove".

Part 4: Review of Its Large and Old Files Feature

This software can identify the large and old files on your Mac system and help you clear it up.

All you have to do is, click on "Large & Old Files" option under the "Files" section on the left and click on "Scan".

large and old files

You will be notified if there are any large and old files on your system which can then be deleted easily through this software.

This software will show which large files are present on your system, but take extra care to not delete any useful file by mistake. The file may be large but then it may be useful too.

Is it Safe?

When you think from the perspective of security, this software is pretty safe to use.

Although this software is great to find and delete unwanted files, you need to be careful to not delete the wrong file from your hard drive by mistake.

This is one of the best software for clearing out junk from your Mac but it is always advisable to create a backup of the files prior to performing any scans using this software.

What Does CleanMyMac Lack?

A major feature which this software lacks is the ability to find and delete duplicate files from your Mac system. There may be some applications or files which may occupy double space since it is installed more than once. Such files are absolutely useless and would unnecessarily take up extra storage space.

Because this software is unable to detect and delete such files and apps, you may never come to know the presence of duplicate files which may be the reason behind the slow functionality of your Mac system.

Part 5: Find the Best Alternative for CleanMyMac

CleanMyMac software is sure a great way to clear up space on your Mac system but it lacks in certain regions as described above. Also, this software is pretty expensive when compared to the other software which offers similar features.

This is exactly why there is a need to find a better alternative for this software. iMyFone Umate Mac Cleaner is one of such alternative which overcomes these disadvantages effectively.  Let's have a quick summary first and then  review each  features:

Price Ease of Use Cleaning Success Rate Supported Files Customer Support Mac's Performance Improvement Cleaning & File Scanning Speed
Rating 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 4/5

Mac version

1. The "Clean Up Junk Files" Feature of Umate Mac Cleaner

With the help of this feature, you can clear up all the junk files on your Mac system easily.

The best part about this feature is that it offers two modes for both quick and deep clean. The quick clean mode can give you a suggestion that all the junk files can be cleaned safely. And the deep clean mode can find some other hidden or large files to delete.

The app allows the user to selectively delete the junk files which is something you cannot do in case of other Mac cleaning tools.

clean up junk files

2. The Feature of "Delete Large Files" on Mac

As we know, large files on Mac will eat the disk storage and then lead to the poor performance of your system. Umate Mac Cleaner have the excellent feature to find all the files larger than 50MB on your Mac and then list them out for your need. The scanning speed will only take less than 1 minute and the result is 100% accurate.

delete large files

3. The Feature of "Delete Duplicate Files" on Mac

A major feature missed in CleanMyMac is the detection and deletion of duplicate files in the Mac system. Umate Mac Cleaner can easily detect the duplicate files and even help the user delete them within no time.

Even these files come under the junk files. The most common duplicate files on our Mac system may be the backups that get created from time to time. Such files can be detected and deleted easily through this software. It applies the advanced technology to categorize all the scanned duplicate files to images, audios, videos, archives, documents or other file types.

delete duplicate files

4. The Feature of "Erase Private Data"

There may be some of your information which is stored online. This data can be used by hackers to hack into your system. Umate Mac Cleaner has the capability of scanning and displaying such files for deletion.

The online traces, usage traces, chat data, photo junk and mail attachments are some of the files which can be deleted using Umate Mac Cleaner.

erase private data

5. The Feature of "Speed Up Your Mac"

Through this software, you can scan for the login items, heavy consumers, and launch agents on you system. You can view these files individually and then delete them to optimize the speed of your Mac system and also improve its performance efficiency to a great extent. Further, it has the feature to free up RAM on your Mac so that boost the system performance greatly which we know that this can be hardly finished manually.

speed up mac

6. The Feature of "Manage Application and Extensions"

There may be some apps that are not used frequently and such apps may be occupying large spaces on your Mac system. These apps can be uninstalled completely without leaving any parts of it behind. The program can give detailed information about each app, including name, last used time, size, even the installation time.

Also, too many extensions on Mac will lag its performance, especially the browser extensions. Don't worry, Umate Mac Cleaner is specialized in removing Mac's extensions.

After we know all the features and their every detail, then you should have a look at its using steps. It's really pretty easy for everyone:

manage app and extensions

You can use this software by following the steps.

Step 1: Download, install and launch this software on your Mac system.

Step 2: From the left menu, you can click on the desired option to clear junk files and optimize the performance efficiency of your Mac.

Step 3: The files will then be scanned and the results will be displayed after which you can select the unwanted files and apps and delete or uninstall them.

Mac version

This is how easy it is to use this software to remove all the unnecessary files on your Mac system easily. It overcomes all the disadvantages of CleanMyMac and hence is highly recommended.