Tricks to Delete Useless iTunes Files for Mac

By Emily Watson, Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

Mac is winning fans over the planet. Compared to other computers/laptops running window system, Mac has a more desirable and simplistic interface with strong security. Though it's hard to get used to using a Mac in the first place, it becomes easier to use than others. However, such an advanced device might goes disappointing sometimes especially when it's running slower and slower.

At this time, I would suggest you to 'sweep up' your Mac like the way you free up storage of your iPhone. In the article, let me show you how to delete iTunes backup and unwanted software update packages so as to free up storage and speed up. You should know that Mac will not clear up such files for you, so you have to do it yourself at regular times.

Part 1: How to Delete iTunes Backup Files Manually?

An iTunes backup usually takes up at least 1 GB of storage. In some cases, it could be up to10+ GB. Moreover, Mac will not clear those files for you, so it's of importance to remove such backup files when they become useless. Below are the instructions.

Step 1. Launch "iTunes" app on your Mac.

Step 2. Head to "iTunes" menu and click "Preferences" option.

Step 3. Select "Devices" on the window, then you can view all backups on the Mac.

Step 4. Decide which ones to be deleted according to the backup date.

Step 5. Choose one and click "Delete Backup".

Step 6. When be asked whether to delete the backup, please choose "Delete".

Delete iTunes Backup Files

Part 2: How to Remove Unnecessary Software Update Packages?

Do you get used to upgrading iPhone/iPad/iPod via iTunes on Mac. Then, there are probably stored a plenty of software update files on Mac depleting precious space. Normally speaking, a firmware package is about 1 GB. That's no wonder why your Mac is slowing down. Let's find them out and get them deleted.

Step 1. Click and launch "Finder" on Mac.

Step 2. Hold down "Option" key on keyboard and go to "Go" menu > "Library".

Note that only through pressing down "Option" key can you access "Library" folder.

Step 3. Scroll down and click on "iTunes" folder.

Step 4. There are "iPhone Software Updates", "iPad Software Updates" and "iPod Software Updates" folders. Please browse through each folder and check for a file with an extension as "Restore.ipsw".

Step 5. Manually drag the file into the "Trash" and clear the trash.

Remove Unnecessary Software Update

Part 3: How to Remove Unwanted Backup and Update Files with One Click?

If you're tired of the complex steps above, here you may try Dr. Cleaner, which is available for free download in Mac App Store. It's a managing app with powerful functions but free of charge. This nice tool is able to help you get rid of such unnecessary files. Action speaks louder than words. Let's take a look of how it works.

Mac Version Download

Step 1. Launch Dr. Cleaner on Mac

You have to download and install Dr. Cleaner from App Store at first. Then, click "Launchpad" and select "Dr. Cleaner" to run the app. When running, a simple window shows up. You can check for "CPU Usage" and "Network Usage" directly on the window. Or, you're also able to "Clear" junk files or "Optimize" memory usage with ease. Here, please click "System Optimizer" to proceed.

Launch Dr.Cleaner on Mac

Step 2. Scan for Unwanted iTunes Files

On the interface, there are several features like "Junk Files", "Big Files", "Duplicate Files", "App Manager" and "More Tools". Please choose "Junk Files" and select "Scan" button. The scanning process will be complete in no time.

Scan for Unwanted iTunes Files

Step 3. Remove Redundant iTunes Files

When done scanning, Dr. Cleaner will display redundant files on the right side under different categories like "Application Caches", "Application Logs", "iTunes Temporary Files", "Mail Caches", "Trash Can" and "Browser Caches". Please select "iTunes Temporary Files" and check for backup files and firmware packages. After that, please select them and click "Remove".

Remove Redundant iTunes Files

Do you feel that your Mac is revitalized? Believe in yourself. It's true! Your Mac lost weigh just now and is now running like a leopard. Please enjoy!

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