Tired of seeing cache memory occupying your storage but don’t know what it is and how to clear the cache on mac? Then the following article will help you a lot as I would be discussing everything about the cache; how it is produced, why empty cache on Mac, how to get rid of it safely etc.?

What Are Caches on Mac

Cache is basically a type of data produced and stored by different apps, browsers and some systems themselves. Almost every app and browser has聽cache memory, the size of which depends upon their usage. The main reason cache memory is generated is to launch those apps and websites faster. For example, while browsing through a website, your browser will download some images in your cache memory so whenever you visit the site again, it doesn’t have to take time while downloading those images. The same is the case with apps and operating systems, which download specific files and images so that they can be launched faster in the future.

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What Are The Main Types of Cache

There are mainly three types of caches on the Mac i.e. system cache, user cache and browser cache. Here are the simple introductions below:

  • System Cache锛歍hese cache is produced by the built-in Mac system that run your device.
  • User Cache锛歍hese cache are created by the apps that came with your Mac system and those 3rd-party ones.
  • Broswer Cache锛歍his type of cache files are locally stored in your Mac when browsing a web page on a Mac.

Why You Should Clear Cache on Mac

Why you need to delete cache from Mac? There are several main reasons for the question. First, if you spend a lot of time in browsing and using apps or other web browsers, then you might have downloaded a large amount of cache files. They can eventually slow down your Mac when piles up over time. What's worse, somthimes cache will lead to using outdated forms of web pages on your Mac. Such old and cluttered cache may cause system interruptions and frequent crashes.

On the other hand, some cache files include your personal data and information, for example, the search history, and files that you have downloaded. So, to secure your personal information and privacy, you must clear cache from your Mac.

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Use A All-in-one Mac Cleanup App to Kill All Caches in Seconds

Now let’s move on how to remove cache from Mac. There are a quick way to get it done, which is to use a Mac cleanup software. Among those Mac Cleaning software, Umate Mac Cleaner is the best app for cleaning up cache files from your Mac. Supported with the latest and most advanced technology, it automatically finds every type of cache stored on your device and deletes them 100 % safely.

Umate Mac Cleaner knows very well how to empty cache on Mac. It does its work efficiently in two different ways- Quick Clean and Deep Clean. After the general scanning of your MacBook, with the help of a quick clean feature, you can easily delete system, apps, and iTunes cache files, with just one click.

Step-by-step Guide

Following is a step-by-step guide on how to clean up Mac cache聽effectively:

Step 1.Launch Umate Mac Cleaner after installation.

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Step 2.Then click "Scan" for scanning your Mac system. It will then search for cache files聽that can be deleted, including system caches, app caches and iTunes caches.聽Then it shows聽you which caches聽are safe to be cleared in the quick clean feature. You can click the "Clean" button to clean up all the selected files with just one click.

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Step 3.After quick cleaning is completed, you can choose "Erase Private Data" tab if you want to do a deeper removal for browser caches. Just hit the big "Scan Now" button and selectively delete the items on " Online Traces" part. Then you can get rid of annoy browser caches in seconds.

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Highlights of Umate Mac Cleaner

  1. Automatically detects all types of caches. It then deletes only those which are safe to be removed and hence increase the available space on your hard disks.
  2. Having 3 times faster scanning and cleaning speed as compared to others, it does the same work as manual operation, but with in seconds.
  3. 40+ types of files supported to be cleaned up, which can significantly delete multiple caches for your Mac.
  4. Easy interface, instructions and user experience helps you get rid of caches without any trouble.

However, if you want to delete only specific type of caches, the different methods are followed. As we mentioned above, there are mainly three types of caches i.e. system cache, user cache and browser cache, deleting methods of whom are explained below separately:

How to Clear System Cache on Mac

System caches are created whenever you use a certain feature of Mac system. The system itself will download some files to improve the performance of that feature. These files are cache. If you want delete them to free up more space, just follow these steps:


You should backup the folders before cleaning system cache if you are worried about malfunction on your Mac.

  1. Open Finder > Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Type “~/Library/Caches” and press Enter.
  3. Check the com.apple folders and delete the files.

And that's all you just cleared all system caches. If you want to do this job with a more secure and time-saving way, then Umate Mac Cleaner that we have discuss before will be a great choice. It can automatically scan and detect unneeded system cache files and allows you to remove them with just 1 click.

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How to Clear User Cache on Mac

Apps installed on Mac store a large amount of cache, including the log files, images and many other backup files. With time, these files can reach a huge size, and it becomes very important to remove them. User cache can be deleted by following steps:


User cache includes some sensitive data and you may run the risk of affecting them when deleting these cache files. You need to create a backup first to prevent system errors.

  1. Press “Command + Shift + G” to open up the Terminal.
  2. Type “~/Library/Caches/” and press Enter.
  3. Look for the app's name whose cache you want to delete. Sometimes the app name is preceded by “com.”
  4. Then, delete the entire folder by clicking it and pressing “Command + Delete”.

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How to Clear Browser Cache on Mac

Another lare amount of cache is from browsers such as safari , chrome and firefox, etc. While visiting and browsing several web pages on the Mac, many images, passwords, and sign-in data is locally stored on the device. You can delete your different browser cache with these specific steps:


  1. Click “Safari”聽->聽“Preferences”.
  2. Then click “Develop”聽from menu.
  3. Click “Empty Cache”.

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  1. Click Chrome settings icon.
  2. Click “Clear browsing data”, and select Cached images and files.
  3. Click “Clear Data”.

clear chrome cache manually


  1. Click “History”聽->聽“Clear Recent History”.
  2. Then click “Everything”聽from menu.
  3. Click “Details”and choose those cache files.
  4. Click “Clear Now” button.

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  1. Click “Opera”聽->聽“Clear browsing data”.
  2. Choose the time range and select the cache files that you want to delete.
  3. Click “Clear browsing data”.

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Bottom Line

I hope now you get the answer to your question: How to clear my cache on Mac? You have seen that cache can be removed from MacBook both manually and with the help of Umate Mac Cleaner as well. The manual process is so troublesome and includes so many commands that you can even end up deleting some important files. So, to save yourself from all that trouble and deleting only those files which are safe to delete, I will recommend you to go for Umate Mac Cleaner. It聽does all of the manual work within just a few clicks and deletes only those cache files which are meant to be. So, hurry up and install now to make your Mac clean from all those caches!

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