How To Delete Backups On Mac? – (Complete GUIDE)

 You must have noticed a large amount of locally stored backups eating space on your hard drive if you back up your data using Time Machine on a Mac.

This is not a glitch or a problem, but it is how the Time Machine functions.

In this article, we are going to tell you how you can get back all the space consumed by these backup files.

Reason Of Backup On Your Mac

Although external devices are used by Time Machine to store backups, there is also a software component that tracks any changes or configuration to your system and stores them on the internal storage of your Mac.

They are labeled as “local snapshots” by Apple. According to Apple, they are there to protect your data whenever an external device is not connected to your Mac. 

Reason Of Backup On Your Mac:

This might seem a Lil bit superstitious to the Time Machine, but as compared to normal data, it does not give the same treatment to the local snapshot on your system.

macOS evaluates how much space these files use to make way for something else, like programming you wish to install, without you knowing anything, and you should immediately delete them.

Older snapshots are often regularly deleted to preserve storage capacity. 

You can use local backups to retrieve data and files you wish to recover if you start the Time Machine application without a drive installed on your Mac.

How To Delete Local Snapshots?

You have two ways to get rid of a local snapshot from your hard drive.

How To Delete Local Snapshots:

The first one is very easy and quick to execute. All you need to do is just turn off the Time Machine app itself, doing this will delete all the local snapshots stored on your Mac currently.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to do this:

  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Open Time Machine.
  • There you will see a box “Back up Automatically,” uncheck it.

After that, Apple will request you a few minutes till all the local snapshots stored on your Mac are deleted. Once done, you will notice free space is coming back on your hard drive.

Don’t worry if the first method does not work. There is also a second method to deal with this problem.

But, we would advise you to not go for this option if you are not a tech nerd and are not familiar with the essential commands needed for this method.

Therefore, we would advise you to try the first method a few times, and in case of no results achieved, you should consult an Apple’s Authorized Service Provider.

They can help you resolve this problem and it is a much better option than doing yourself, as you might trigger another problem because of lack of experience. 

However, if you still confident to continue, here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Go to Applications.
  • Click on Utilities.
  • Then open Terminal.

Here you will input the command as mentioned below:

Sudo Tmutil Disable Local

This will help you disable the Time Machine’s local snapshot feature on your Mac.

After that, you will find no new ones and all the existing ones will be deleted.

Sudo Tmutil Disable Local

If you change your mind and want to enable it again, then follow the same steps as mentioned above, but you will put a different command than before.

Here’s the command you need to input when enabling again.

Sudo Tmutil Enable Local

We are hopeful that one of these methods will help you resolve your problem. You can contact us if you find any trouble, we will try to help you. 

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