How to Clean Huge “System” Storage on Mac

Mac “System” taking up too much space in macOS High Sierra or Mojave? here are some free methods to clear the huge “System” storage on your Mac.

Some days ago,I found one reddit user’s post telling the “System” taking  up a huge space on Mac. It was the first time I met the Mac “System” storage problem. And it was described as follow:

Hi Mac Users, System is taking an incredibly large amount of space. I mistakenly loaded heavy video files to Numbers and the hard disk immediately filled up. Any help accorded will be highly appreciated.

After I checked my computer storage usage and I was surprised to find my “System” is also taking an incredibly huge space – 43GB of the total 120GB on my MacBook Air.

My Mac Huge System Storage
My Mac Huge System Storage –  Feb, 2018

As well known, the Mac operating system usually takes up from 8GB to 13GB. So I don’t think my Mac “System” storage could be that huge, so I searched to find how it defines  “System” storage for a Mac, and how to free up that storage.

  1. What is in Mac “System” Storage?
  2. How to Clean Storage on Mac?

What is in Mac “System” Storage?

The “System” on your Mac storage bar stands for that space your macOS operating system used, including the system itself and the caches and cookies it generated while driving on your computer hard drive.

Sometimes, your Mac may mistakenly put other sections into the “System” storage. For instance,  my mac made the mistake of failing to exclude the “Music creations” and “iOS files” (iOS backups) from the “System” storage, so that I get a huge “System” on the storage bar. 

And after I clicked the Manage.. button on the top left of the bar, it showed the real system storage was taking only 29.3 GB. And there were two new categories named “iOS files” and “Music creations” being separated.

Correct Storage Usage on My MacBook
Correct Storage Usage on My MacBook – Feb, 2018

And the sum of the storage size of these three parts (System, Music Creation and iOS Files) is 43.38GB, equal to the size of my huge System storage I showed before on the storage bar.

4 Tips to Quickly Clean Storage on Your Mac

On the storage manager page, you’ll have a detailed view of all data types with the size it used. And you can choose any large category to have a clean. And below are some usual and free methods to free up your Mac storage.

  1. Delete useless iOS backup files, applications and documents.
  2. Transfer media files like photos, video, music, and iBooks to external disk drive or cloud. And then delete them.
  3. Empty your Trash bin get more free space.
  4. Remove your iPhone or iPad software updates on your Mac.

Most of these methods aims to remove the larger files on your Mac to quickly free up your Mac storage. And if there is any question, please leave your comment below.

2018 Top Best Mac App Uninstaller [Ready for macOS Mojave]

We are always so eager to try out new apps, however removing such apps could prove to be a hassle, no matter in old Mac OS X or the coming macOS Mojave. In this article, we will provide you with more than enough insight into deciding on best Mac app remover, and give you a list of best app uninstaller this 2018 for the coming macOS Mojave.

Sometimes we download apps and we realize that we do not need them anymore. But the regular app removal on macOS does not entirely remove everything about the app – It just deletes the program but not the preferences data, caches, downloading files and history of the program. The worse is that you found there are some malicious programs that you cannot remove from your Mac.

So there comes Mac app uninstaller software aiming to completely delete these applications from your Mac OS running machine. And with these apps, you can be sure that every single thing about an unwanted app will be removed from your MacBook or iMac.

  1. How to get one suitable app remover for Mac?
  2. Top best app uninstaller for macOS
  3. AppCleaner [Free]
  4. AppZapper [Free Trial]
  5. CleanMyMac Uninstaller [Free]
  6. AppDelete

How to get one suitable app remover for your Mac computer?

It’s easy to know what is an uninstaller app, but it’s hard to select one best uninstaller app for your Mac, which is a totally different ball game. And many people do not know what to look out for when in the app market. So what are the factors and criteria you should consider? We have expertly curated them below to erase your selection process:

1. Level of App Cleanup:

It is important for you to understand the level of cleanup that the software provides. Some software can remove all the files related to the unwanted app, while others just remove some files. Also, some software cannot remove applications that run in the background. Therefore, you need to be sure of the capabilities of the software you are getting.

2. Computing Requirements:

During uninstallation, Mac uninstaller utilizes computer computing resources. This may cause your computer to slow down or hang. Hence, you need to find out the computing requirements of the software. And the best app remover should be compatible with all the popular Mac OS, including the new macOS Mojave.

3. User Interface and Experience:

If one app is poorly designed, it may cost you a lot of minutes to figure out how to use it. This is why you need to consider the user interface and experience of your desired uninstaller software.

3. Cost:

You need to find out the cost of the software as some require a one-time purchase licenses. Some also require periodic subscriptions. And most of Mac app uninstallers are free.  So it’s okay on this factor.

Some other factors you should consider: additional features, safe and secure, customer service and money-back policy.

Top best app uninstaller software for Mac [ready for macOS Mojave]

We have reviewed some uninstaller to remove apps on our Mac. And finally picked out some of them as the best app uninstaller for your Mac. As top apps in this area, these apps is quickly being updated to compatible with the new macOS Mojave:

1. AppCleaner – free app uninstaller for Mac

Free App Uninstaller for Mac - AppCleaner
Free App Uninstaller for Mac – AppCleaner

FreeMacSoft developed one popular app removers for Mac users – AppCleaner. With this app, you can easily search the apps, plugins or widgets you don’t want anymore, and complete remove them from your Mac. Besides, it allows you to just drag and drop any unwanted app for swift uninstallation.

Download AppCleaner here >> https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/

Pros:

  • Drag and Drop feature.
  • This app is totally free.
  • It can recover the apps that you mistakenly deleted.
  • It supports all Macs in macOS 10.4 – macOS 10.13.

Cons:

  • We found that it may not remove some apps, like Photoshop and Evernote. And if it cannot remove some apps, it will note that the apps are protected.
't Remove Some Apps on Mac
‘t Remove Some Apps on Mac

2. AppZapper –  perfect Mac app uninstaller

AppZapper - Best App Removers for macOS
AppZapper – Best App Removers for macOS

This software has stood out amongst other uninstaller software for macOS system because of its simplistic design and good capability of app removing. This software is also very deep with cleanups and can remove every unwanted app and its settings, widgets, plugins and so on. And just like AppCleaner, this software is also designed with the macOS drag and drop feature in mind.

Download AppZapper here >> https://www.appzapper.com/

Pros:

  • Drag and Drop feature.
  • Nice filters to get large-sized apps and old apps.
  • With “Undo” to get back the apps that you deleted mistakenly.
  • Supports Mac OS X 10.6.2 or later.

Cons:

  • Its free version is limited with only 5 zaps (You can preform 5 app removing with AppZapper). And the price is 12.95 and above.

3. CleanMyMac App Uninstaller Tool

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CleanMyMac gives you a lot of features to free up space on Mac. And its Uninstaller Tool could be one of the best tool for uninstalling apps in Mac, and great is that this feature is also free. The best part about CleanMyMac is the multi-functionality. It can perform its primary function of uninstalling applications and their related files just like other app removers we listed.

Besides, it also provides several other useful features to clean your Mac storage to boost the performance.

This app can find duplicate file on your mac and help you get rid of them. Its user interface is also very well designed and you can figure everything out intuitively.

4. AppDelete

This is another best app remover for Mac computer. AppDelete is very thorough in removing applications from your mac, and this is one of its major strengths. Where other software might overlook, this software acts. This software can help remove widgets, screensavers, preference panes, widgets, plugins, app settings, and so on.

This application is also very flexible. It provides you with options as regards what to with the apps and files you want to remove. You can log such files, archive to a zip file or completely remove such apps/files. Also, deleted apps are not removed straight away, but are kept in the recycle bin in case you made a mistake deletion.

Cons: This app is not a free one, and has a price of 5 – 7.99 dollars.

Conclusion

There you have it, the top best app uninstaller for Mac this 2018. We all need one of these software on our computers in new macOS Mojave as unwanted apps are inevitable. Selecting the best one for you should not be too much of a trouble, as this article has provided you with more than enough information to make the best decision.

AirPlay Compatible 5KPlayer: An Excellent HD Media Player for Mac

There are not as many media player for Mac OS as for Windows though, still numerous software either paid or free are provided on the Internet, and each possesses some unique features. If you are looking for an HD media player with AirPlay support for your Mac OS, look no further than 5KPlayer.

5KPlayer is an HD media player, AirPlay streamer, iDevice screen mirroring recorder and Internet download manager all in one.

5K Player Interface
5K Player Interface

Playing media files is the primary feature of 5KPlayer, and it has been made solid in support for a vast multitude of video music formats like MKV, MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI, etc., and video resolution ranging from 720p/1080p HD to 4K & 8K UHD, along with region-free DVD playback. In addition, 5KPlayer allows you to listen to satellite radios like NBC news, CBS Sports and so on.

Play HD media file with 5K player
Play HD media file with 5K player

AirPlay compatible 5KPlayer is able to stream video music (in Apple-friendly MP4, MOV, M4V, AAC and MP3 format) from your iPhone iPad to Mac computer, or from your Mac computer to Apple TV, AirPlay Speaker, and other AirPlay supported devices under the same network circumstances to have a better audio or larger screen video enjoyment.

Airplay Mirror iPhone screen to Mac
Airplay Mirror iPhone screen to Mac

The benefit of AirPlay through 5KPlayer brought to you is not merely a better local video music enjoyment. It also offers you the possibility to mirror iOS device screen to Mac computer. Moreover, you can record the mirroring screen on Mac only by clicking one red recording icon.

Furthermore, 5KPlayer can download video music from online hosting sites like YouTube, Facebook, DailyMotion, and more. Just copy and Paste the video link to 5KPlayer, and this software is ready to play ball even for 4K/8K UHD video downloading. It’s better than many online download website, because most of them don’t support downloading high quality videos like 1080p with audio together.

Download Internet videos to computer
Download Internet videos to computer

Also, 5KPlayer provides you with the option to analyze & download video playlists, and convert any local or downloaded videos to MP3/AAC audios.

Airplay compatible 5KPlayer lets you play every video music in UHD/HD/SD forms, AirPlay stream and mirror record, as well as download video & music. Indeed an excellent media player for your Mac.


Be free to share your opinions of 5K Player on the comment sections. And this is one guest post from 5K Player.

How to Retrieve Deleted Files on Mac without Time Machine

“I accidentally deleted some documents on my Mac, can I recover deleted files on Mac without using Time Machine? Because I’ve never enable this backup service before.” This is one of frequently asked questions on Mac forums.

You may also know Time Machine but have never used it to backup your Mac data and settings. Therefore, there is no Mac backup where you can found your deleted, replaced, or Trash-emptied document items on your MacBook.

So the deleted files really lost forever from your Mac?

In fact, the deleted files may still exist on your Mac hard drive if they are not overwritten by the new data you add to your Mac. You can read this post to know why. So if you have deleted files on your Mac and emptied your Trash, you still have chance to recover deleted files, even if you didn’t backup them to Time Machine software.

But how to find whether your deleted Mac files are recoverable?

If you lost files on your device, usually there are two solutions, including some third-party Mac data recovery software and professional data recovery service. And both of them help you scan your Mac hardware database to find the deleted files on your MacBook.

But they are not free, and the cost range is very low to very high from $40 to $2000. Regardless of the cost, let’s see how these methods work to recover deleted data on a Mac.

What’s the Mac data recovery software?

Mac data recovery software like Stellar data recovery are capable of retrieving lost files on your Mac desktops and laptops. For example, Stellar Mac data recovery is compatible with the HFS, HFS+, FAT, ExFAT and NTFS file systems. Without experts, you can quickly download and install these software on your computer to start recovering by following its tutorials.

These data recovery apps are not free. However, its free trial allows you to scan your mac hard drive and preview your deleted files. And the price of these apps are often cheap, compared with that of data recovery services.

What’s the professional data recovery service?

With data recovery service like ACE data recovery, you can get the help of some hard drive experts to recover deleted files on your Mac. And these experts say that they will use the most advanced algorithms to reassemble your lost data. Or they’ll use some special tools to pick out what you deleted and organize them together. Of course, these services are not free. And they often cost several hundred dollars.

Conclusion

If you didn’t backup your Mac to Time Machine, you still have chance to get back your deleted files as long as the new files didn’t overwrite your deleted files.

And there are two methods to recover your permanently deleted files on your Mac: the data recovery services and data recovery software. Both of them cost you money. And the software ofter you free trial to scan and preview deleted files, which allows you to check whether you can find some retrievable files.

How to Solve Wi-Fi Problems on MacBook Pro in macOS Sierra

Two days ago, I got a new MacBook Pro 2016 running in new macOS Sierra operating system. It works well and perfect, but I found a confusing issue after my mac waking up from sleep mode, it cannot connect to Wi-Fi network. Strange it was showing full signal on the Wi-Fi icon on the top right bar of the screen. But keep “Looking for Networks…”.

After googling this MacBook Wifi problem online, find it happened also on the old Mac OS. So confused, why not Apple take it serious and fix this Wi-Fi problem on its new MacBook Pro 2016?

Methods to Fix Wi-Fi Issues for Sierra on MacBooks Pro 2016

1. Re-connect Wi-Fi in Sierra

Someones tried and found this Wi-Fi issue can be easily fixed by turning Wi-Fi off and then turning it on. But it didn’t work on my issue.

2. Restart MacBook

I followed some tutorial to restart my Mac to fix my Wifi issue. But it worked temporarily, and  went into the same issue after Sleep Mode which make me crazy!

3. Delete Wi-Fi preferences files

Before deleting, I backed up my device, because I don’t know what is going to happen on my MacBook. I’v experience data loss on my device before. After, I continued to follow the guide to remove preferences of Wifi network.

After turning off Wi-Fi, I went to folder named SystemConfiguration by using Finder. The path is “/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/”.

Wi-Fi issues on MacBook
Wi-Fi issues on MacBook

You can get the same window by using shortcut “Command+Shift+Go” or Finder > Go > Go to Folder…

On the folder, I deleted the preference files I list as below.

Delete Wifi Preference Files
Delete wifi preference files

After, I followed to restart my MacBook and turn on Wi-Fi. And finally, my Wi-Fi issue on My MacBook Pro 2016 was solved. Thank God!