Like it or not, the hard disk of your PC are accumulating a lot of temporary files. Even now, at this very moment, I bet that your system it is creating someone. Are you worried?

Temporary files are data that the operating system and applications create as a backup, for example, to undo changes made to a file, or as a “shortcut” for quicker access to certain information. Are part of the most recently opened file lists (technically called MRU), backups of updates, browser history, thumbnails of photos and the list could go on and on. As mentioned above, the presence of this data on your computer is completely normal, but in some cases it is advisable delete temporary files to free up disk space or correct small failures that may be encountered in everyday use PC (eg. failure to display thumbnail images in the Windows Explorer or browser slowdowns). Let’s see how you do, I assure you it is not difficult.

We begin by PCs equipped with Windows (the most widely used operating system in the desktop) and then move to Mac and portable devices, namely smartphones and tablet animated by Android OS and the iOS operating system. If you are ready to begin, take five minutes of free time and put in place the advice that you find below. You will not regret.

How to delete temporary files on Windows

Let’s start seeing how to delete temporary files on Windows. To do this you can use different tools but I’ll take into consideration only two: the Disk Cleanup utility included “standard” in all versions of the Microsoft operating system and the free CCleaner application. They are both simple to use.

disk cleaning utility

To start the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows, search for it in the Start menu (or in the Start Screen) of your PC and click on its icon. then select the type of files to delete and click first on the button OK and then Deleting files to start the data erasure process.

Normally, the application to the disk cleanup to remove the navigation data from the Internet Explorer temporary files related to Windows error reporting, photo and video previews in the Windows Explorer and temporary files third-party applications (you can select each item with the mouse to find out in detail what it refers to).

To expand the utility operation and also delete the system data, such as non-critical files of Windows Defender, click the button Clean up system files and wait for the software to restart by only showing you the updated list of files to be removed.

Note: If your computer has more than one hard disk, at its start, the disk wipe utility will ask you to indicate which units work. You select the drive on which Windows is installed (it should be C:).


how to download and use CCleaner .

How to delete temporary files on Mac

Yes! Also on Mac can be helpful delete temporary files (or rather the cache files) to free some ‘of disk space and fix some small computer malfunction. One of the best applications suitable for this purpose is OnyX which is completely free and offers a complete solution for the maintenance of MacOS.

To download OnyX, connected to the Internet site and the application and click on the entry for the operating system installed on your Mac (eg. OnyX 3.2.1 for MacOS 10:12 Sierra if you use MacOS Sierra). Open, then the software installer package, and drag the icon of OnyX in the folder Applications MacOS.

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At this point, start OnyX by right-clicking on its icon and selecting Open from the menu that pops up. Enter the password for your user account on MacOS and then accept the terms of use of the app by clicking on the button accept and press Cancel to bypass the control of the state hard drive (not useful for the purpose of cache file cleaning).

Once the appearance of Onyx main window, click on the button Delete and affix a check mark on the data types to be removed (eg. Start Preferences’ international ‘ etc.). Then click on the button Run and wait while the data removal process, to an end.

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Temporary files are divided into several sections: System member Internet Font Reports and Various . To delete them all you have to select them for tab and click on the tab every time Run button. However, I advise you to leave them on only the default options (unless you really know where to put their hands). To find out in detail what it refers to each of the program option, click on button? located in the lower left.

You can read more of OnyX operation (not only as regards the deletion of temporary files) by reading my guide on cleaning the Mac .

How to delete temporary files on Android

As mentioned at the beginning of the post, the temporary files will also accumulate on smartphones and tablets, and so it is also good to know how to remove them from these devices. As for the world Android the app to delete temporary files there are several, in fact there really are spoiled for choice. I counsel these two.

  • SD Maid – is one of the best applications to delete temporary files on Android. Allows you to delete files “orphans” of the apps that are no longer present on the device, the system temporary files, temporary files of third-party apps (only available in Pro version of the app which costs 2 79 EUR) and reduces the space occupied by the database app like Spotify and Dropbox. To use it, just start it, press the button Scans and wait a few seconds for finding all the files to be deleted (which can be removed with a simple “tap” on the button Run Now . To get the most from SD Maid is recommended have to root on Android .

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  • CCleaner – this is the Android version of CCleaner, a program for deleting temporary files that I mentioned to you before under Windows. It’s completely free and works perfectly even without root. Clear cache, browsing history, temporary files of the app and more. To use it, you have to do is press the button Analyze select the items to be removed and confirm.

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If you need more information, please see my tutorial on how to free disk space on Android in which I told you about SD Maid, CCleaner and other useful apps to free up space on the memory of Android devices.

How to delete temporary files on iPhone and iPad

The devices equipped with the IOS operating system, namely iPhone and iPad are less subject to the problem of the accumulation of temporary files and, among other things, allow to combat it in a less free.

If you want to “lighten” the memory of your iPhone or your iPad, there are no special app that you can use. The only thing you can do is put you at a good pace and analyze each case what are the applications that can contain unnecessary files. In this regard, I invite you to read my tutorial on how to free space on the iPhone and how to free space on the iPad where I collected all the best tips on how to free up memory devices Apple from unnecessary files.