Do you clean your Mac’s disk? Me, neither. Judging by the number of positive reviews that such disk cleaner apps get, it would seem that many Mac users would prefer a so-called clean disk to one that is, well, uh, um– less clean?
What do such disk cleaners do that the Mac doesn’t do automatically while you sleep? Well, browser data can stack up after awhile and History and other files need to be ditched. Various applications have cache files and log files which build up and need to be cleaned. What else?
I tend to be somewhat fastidious about my car. I keep it clean. It gets washed every week, regardless of the weather; vacuumed out, and windows cleaned inside. My father taught me that a clean car runs better. Whether that’s really true or not remains to be tested but I understand the sentiment and I think the same mental or emotional inclination works with cleaner apps on the Mac.
Take PRO Disk Cleaner as a perfect example of two growing trends. First, the Mac disk cleaner app is free to download and try, and the pro version offers a few more features for a few bucks. Second, it’s a subscription app. App Store reviews, considering it’s something of a new app, are pretty good.
What does Disk Cleaner clean?
The list is rather lengthy and ranges from top to bottom but nothing critical.
- Application Log Files
- Browser Data
- Application Caches
- Download Folder
- Mail Download Folder
- Trash Can
- Old iPhone/iPad Backups
- iOS Photo Cache
- Large Files
- Uninstall Applications
To be fair, that’s a lot of clutter. Browsers tend to grab URLs which become History files filled with cookies and icons. Apps often hide cache files all over and never both to clean them or tell anyone about them.
Frankly, I don’t want anyone messing with my Mail download files and attachments, but you get an option to determine which files get deleted and which don’t.
I haven’t bother to worry about old iOS iPhone and iPad backups and as it turned out I saved tens of gigabytes of data by removed a few older ones. The Uninstaller function is better left to a standalone app deleter, though. Too much manual work.
PRO Disk Cleaner could not be much easier to use, so if you worry about cruft and crud building up on your Mac– and you feel good about cleaning such things– you may consider the subscription worth the expense.
I suspect that many such applications are attractive to former Windows PC users who have switched to the Mac and don’t realize that such cleaning won’t really make your Mac run any better. My dad’s car didn’t actually run better after it was cleaned. Mine probably doesn’t either, but it feels better when it is clean.