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- To delete downloads on your Mac, you need to navigate to the Downloads folder in your Finder.
- The documents and media files in your Downloads folder can quickly fill up your Mac’s memory. It needs clean up to keep it manageable.
- You can also get rid of your download history from internet browsers such as Google Chrome and Safari when they get filled up.
Whenever you download files and applications (PDFs, movies, music, email attachment, and many more) onto your Mac, it automatically goes to your download folder — unless you decide to choose a different location, which may not be applicable in some cases. As time goes on, that folder gets full and takes up memory on your Mac’s device. If that folder takes up enough space, it will begin to slow down performance. Most times, the only viable solution is to delete downloads on your Mac
Browsers also keep versions of your downloads and history, so deleting them to free up valuable storage space may be a good idea as well. If you are trying to locate where these files are stored on your computer, keep reading.
How to delete downloads on your Mac
To clear downloads from your Mac, follow these steps:
- Go to the Finder app in your dock.
- Select Downloads.
- Click on the files you want to delete. To delete all downloads, hold the Command Key + A or press shift on your keyboard and at the same time click the first and last download on the list.
- Once the files are highlighted, right-click on them, and click Move to trash. You can also go to File at the top of the screen, and click Move to Trash. The downloads will be moved to your trash.
- To delete your downloads permanently, click Finder at the top of your screen and select Empty Trash.
Warning: Once you delete your files permanently, it’s gone forever, so make sure this is what you want to do.
How to delete downloads in your Safari and Chrome browsers
The previous step deleted the actual files on your Mac, but there could still be traces of these files.
Web browsers like Google Chrome and Apple’s very own Safari normally keep a record of all your downloads. if you use any of the web browsers to download these files, there’ll be some track of them stored in the browser. The steps to clear downloads from each browser is different. Read on for more details below.
How to delete your download history in Safari
To wipe out download history in Safari, follow these steps:
- Launch Safari browser on your Mac by clicking the Safari icon in your dock.
- Click on Safari in the top menu bar.
- Click Clear History… from the dropdown menu.
- There will be a pop-up window that appears. Click the selection box next to Clear and select the time range of history you’d like to erase. To delete all download data, select Clear all history.
- Click on Clear History in the bottom right.
- Your download history and browsing data are now deleted — however, this will not delete files you’ve downloaded.
How to delete your download history in Chrome
To remove download history in Chrome, follow these steps:
- Launch Google Chrome on your Mac by clicking the Chrome icon in your dock.
- Click Chrome in the top menu bar or type chrome://history in the search field and press Enter.
- Select Clear Browsing Data from the dropdown menu. This will open a new page with a pop-up saying “Clear browsing data” at the top.
- Click the Advanced tab of the box. There’s a little box next to each item you’d like to delete, clicking on each box will “blue-check-mark” them for deletion. This allows you to decide what data stays on your computer, such as cookies and other site data, and whats gets deleted.
- You can also choose what time range of data you want to delete. To delete all download data, click the box next to Time Range at the top of the pop-up page and select All Time from the dropdown menu.
- Click on Clear data in the bottom right of your screen to delete all your download history and browsing data.
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