gemini 2

Unnecessary duplicate files on your Mac are space wasters. To find and remove duplicate files, you should consider MacPaw's Gemini 2 software. To take your file management to the next level, check out MacPaw's CleanMyMac X.

What is Gemini 2?

MacPaw's Gemini 2 uses algorithms to detect duplicate files, no matter the location on your Mac. It also searches for files that look alike (but don't have the same name), letting you decide whether they should also be deleted to save space.

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Ideally suited for tracking down songs, movies, photos, or other documents that are duplicates, Gemini 2 lets you scan your entire computer or individual files.

At the heart of Gemini 2 is a fantastic interface with clear and understandable instructions. To get started, you select a folder to scan. From there, you review the duplicates, select the ones for removable, then hit the Trash button. It's that easy!

How to find and remove duplicate files

There are two ways to find duplicate files in Gemini 2:

Find in default locations

  1. In Gemini 2, click on the large +.
  2. Select from one of three default locations: Home folder, Picture folder, or iTunes folder.
  3. Click Choose.

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  4. Select Scan for duplicates. Gemini 2 will now scan your computer for duplicate files.
  5. Click Stop at any time to end this process before it automatically finishes.

gemini scan for duplicates

You can take care of the duplicate files that Gemini 2 finds using two tools: Smart Cleanup and Review Results. When clicking Smart Cleanup, all of the duplicate files are deleted automatically.

  1. Click Smart Cleanup to delete duplicates automatically.
  2. Once the cleanup is complete, tap Review Trashed to see files that were deleted.
  3. You can undelete files individually or as a group by clicking Put All Back....
  4. Choose Done when you're finished reviewing deleted files or undeleting files.

    Gemini Smart Cleanup

With Review Results, you can look at the recommended duplicate files and decide whether to use Smart Cleanup. You can uncheck files you don't wish to delete.

  1. Click Review Results if you'd like to see the duplicate files before deleting.
  2. On the left, click on which type of duplicate files you'd like to review. You can see files organized by Documents, Images, Video, Other, or All Duplicates.
  3. Click on the right arrow next to the file name you'd like to review.

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  4. Review the files.
  5. Check the box(es) of the files you'd like to keep or delete.
  6. Click Smart Cleanup.

    gemini select files to delete

As you can see, whether you initially select Review Results or Smart Cleanup, the ending step is to click on the Smart Cleanup icon to remove the duplicate files.

Find duplicates in other locations on your Mac

If you'd rather scan individual files and not the Home folder, Picture folder, or iTunes folder:

  1. Drop folders on the main Gemini 2 page.
  2. Select Scan for Duplicates.

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Next, you're going to follow the same steps mentioned move to remove duplicate files:

  1. Click Smart Cleanup to delete duplicates automatically.
  2. Once the cleanup is complete, tap Review Trashed to see files that were deleted.
  3. You can undelete files individually or as a group by clicking Put All Back....
  4. Choose Done when you're finished reviewing deleted files or undeleting files.

    Gemini Smart Cleanup

With Review Results, you can look at the recommended duplicate files and decide whether to use Smart Cleanup. You can uncheck files you don't wish to delete.

  1. Click Review Results if you'd like to see the duplicate files before deleting.
  2. On the left, click on which type of duplicate files you'd like to review. You can see files organized by Documents, Images, Video, Other, or All Duplicates.
  3. Click on the right arrow next to the file name you'd like to review.

    review files

  4. Review the files.
  5. Check the box(es) of the files you'd like to keep or delete.
  6. Click Smart Cleanup.

    gemini select files to delete

What is CleanMyMac X?

If you want to take Mac file maintenance to a new level, you should consider MacPaw's CleanMyMac X software. With the company's flagship title, you can clean, protect, speed up your Mac, and more, by just following a few steps. Here's a look at how to perform tasks in CleanMyMac X.

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How to keep your Mac clean with Smart Scan

The easiest way to use CleanMyMac X is with Smart Scan. With this tool, the software will remove unnecessary files, neutralize potential threats such as malware, and increase speed performance.

  1. Click Scan on the default CleanMyMac X screen.
  2. Select Stop at any time if you want to end the process before it finishes automatically.

    cleanmymac x scan

  3. Choose Review Details under Cleanup to see the files CleanMyMacX wants to delete as part of the Smart Scan Process. These are organized by System Junk, iTunes Junk, Photo Junk, Trash Bins, and Mail Attachments.

  4. Check or Uncheck items on this list.
  5. Click Back to return to results page.

review junk files 6. Choose Run to finish the Smart Scan. 7. Click Stop to end the process at any time if you wish.

finish smart scan

You'll see a summary page once the process is complete.

smart scan finished

Smart Scan is a terrific tool and for most people, it's the only one to use in CleanMyMac X. Plan on running it on a regular basis.

Advanced tools

CleanMyMac also includes advanced tools such as the ability to update apps or view system files with ease. Primarily, however, the app sticks with Mac cleaning.

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Any questions?

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