How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra to make more space

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macOS Sierra wants to stop you running out of space. Here's how to let it help you.
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With macOS Sierra, Apple makes it easier to free up space on our computers without having to undergo the time-wasting indignity of trawling through files and deleting them manually.

The new “Optimized Storage” feature helps you deal with junk like duplicates, old email attachments and downloads — and automatically sifts through them to delete the files or move them to the cloud. It’s one of macOS Sierra’s best features.

Here’s how you can use it to your advantage if you’re running the new operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall.

Spring clean your Mac with these awesome apps

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Free up some disk space easily and quickly thanks to these apps!
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No matter the size of your Mac’s hard drive, there will come a time when you need to free up some space. Having a full hard drive can make your Mac feel sluggish, and running out of space can be terrifying.

Sifting through your archive of files may seem like a daunting task. But don’t fear — these three super-simple and effective Mac disk cleanup apps can help you out.

Check them out in the Cult of Mac video review below.

8 easy ways to speed up your Mac

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Get your Mac back up to speed with these handy tips!
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We all know a Mac is the best computer. It’s the most reliable, the least fuss and usually the most snappy. But, as with all computers, the trusty Macintosh can also become sluggish after a while.

In today’s Cult of Mac video, we’re going to show you eight easy, useful tips to speed up your Mac.

How to use screen sharing in Messages for Mac

Sharing screens isn't as hard as it used to be, thanks to the built-in Messages app.
Sharing screens isn't as hard as it used to be, thanks to the built-in Messages app.
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How to unlock your Mac with an iPhone or Apple Watch

Tired of dealing with login passwords on your Mac? Skip them altogether with MacID!
Tired of dealing with login passwords on your Mac? Skip them altogether with MacID!
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