How to Clean an OSX Cache

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The Mac OS X operating system stores information during the computer’s use. This storage area, or “cache,” can inhibit normal operation of OS X if you do not empty it regularly. You can clean the OSX system cache by removing its contents using a cache cleaning program. A number of such programs are available for the Mac, all of them operating in a similar manner and most of them either free or available to use on a limited free trail basis. The procedure is straightforward and will not cause any harm to the OS X operating system or the Mac.

Step 01

Download a cache cleaning program, such as Cocktail, to the Mac’s desktop. Double-click on the file once it has downloaded to open its window. Drag the cleaning program out of the window and onto the desktop. Wait as a progress bar appears, fills in from left to right and then disappears. Drag the cleaning program’s file to Trash.

Step 11

Double-click on the cache cleaning program’s icon to launch it. Select the “Files” tab at the top of the program’s main screen.

Step 21

Select the “Caches” tab below “FIles.” Click on the “System” checkbox that is beneath the icon of a person’s head and shoulders. Click the “Clear” button at the lower right corner of the screen.

Step 31

Wait as a progress bar appears and fills in from left to right. Click the “Cancel” button on the pop-up window when it appears. Quit the cache cleaning program. Restart the Mac.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always run the most recent version of the cache cleaning program to ensure a trouble-free operation.