How to check storage on MacBook

Maintaining the key functions on our MacBook is key to maintaining the performance of your device. It can help us understand our devices better. The more in tune we are with our MacBook, the better we would be at spotting out problems that may arise when our devices get older. Learning to maintain the available storage on our MacBook is no exception.

Our MacBooks swap out files from Ram to our hard drives. When you have less storage space, your MacBook will run at a slower speed. Hence, in this article, we will list some solutions you can use to check the storage on MacBook.

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Solutions and Steps to follow

Solution 1: Using the Storage Bar Status

This method is good if you need to constantly keep track of the available space on your device. It creates a status bar that will appear whenever you open the Finder app.

  1. Launch Finder on your MacBook.
  2. From the top of your screen, select the option to View Menu.
  3. From the menu that appears, choose Show Status Bar.
  4. You will now be able to see the amount of storage you have when you use Finder.

Solution 2: Using the Apple logo

This solution will give you a run down about the file types on your MacBook. If you would like to manage the available storage on your device, you might want to use this solution instead.

  1. Click on the Apple logo on the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Then, select About this Mac.
  3. Lastly, click on the Storage tab to view the storage space on your MacBook. There will be a bar that shows different colors. Below the bar, there is a legend to show you the content types on your MacBook and how much storage they use.
  4. To manage the content of your MacBook, select the Manage button above the bar. This will bring you to a new page and provide you with some tools that you may use to free up some storage space.

Solution 3: Using the Spotlight Search Function

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon on the top right of your screen. This will allow you to perform a spotlight search.
  2. Search for Disk Utility.
  3. A new window will pop-up to show the storage space on our hard drive. Unlike the bar from the previous solution, the bar here does not give you a breakdown of the file types that are occupying space on your MacBook device.

Solution 4: Using the Hard Drive icon

Using this solution is a quick way to view the available storage on your MacBook. However, you will not be able to see a breakdown of the content types using the storage space.

  1. Click on the Hard Drive icon. It should be found on the top right of your home screen.
  2. A new window should pop-up on your home screen. Look towards the bottom of the window. There, you will see the amount of free storage space available on your device.

Alternatively, you can:

  1. Click on the Hard Drive icon, then press on the space bar.
  2. A window with the available storage space will also appear.

Closing words

You may notice that there are slight variations between the available storage space stated when using each solution. This is because Apple uses different ways to calculate the available disk space on our devices. Fret not, however, because the numbers will not differ by much. Thus, we will be able to get a rough idea of the amount of storage available.