How to get back gigabytes of Mac disk space by deleting unused Steam games
Steam has a huge library of games you can buy and download onto your Mac, but if you aren't careful, you'll soon find yourself running out of space on your hard drive for anything new. Now, we all have games that we have bought or downloaded that we don't play anymore. Maybe you have moved on from playing DOTA 2 or maybe you slightly regret getting caught up in the buzz of bizarre Doki Doki Literature Club, but in any case, those games you don't play take up precious space.
The good news is Steam makes it pretty easy to delete games and their data from your Mac right inside the Steam app.
How to delete Steam games
- Launch Steam from your Applications folder.
- Click on the Library tab at the top of the Steam window.
- Use the Control - Click shortcut on the game you want to delete.
- Select Uninstall
- Click the Delete button to confirm.
This will delete all your game data from this game, meaning even if you reinstall the game at a later date, none of the progress you have in the game will save.
Hopefully, this helped you free up some space on your Mac. Let us know in the comments down below if you have any questions.
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Noooooooo, not Dota!
Relax. It's still there. :) I just used it for screenshots!
Hmm, I think I'll try that. Good tip. The bit that puzzles me is that on my MacBook Air (2013 model) with a 256GB SSD, About This Mac shows 52GB of movie files under Storage. But I don't have any movies on the local drive. All my movies are on an external drive. I've checked my local iTunes folder and that is under 1.2GB. So as I said, a bit of a puzzle? Sent from the iMore App
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Wow! Such game! Many space! L4D2 took up about 13GB's of storage. Sent from the iMore App