Optimize Mac Storage is a settings option available on the latest version of MacOS that allows certain files, data, and documents to be stored in iCloud and iCloud Drive when storage on a Mac is low, effectively unloading some data from Mac to iCloud. This might be a convenient feature for some Mac users with lots of iCloud storage capacity and great internet services, but other Mac users might feel frustrated or too inconsistent because the usability feature relies heavily on fast and stable high-speed internet. connection.
If you want to disable Optimize Mac Storage on MacOS Catalina 10.15 or newer, this tutorial will show you how to do it. In addition, if you want to activate the Optimize Mac Storage feature, you can also do it.
How to Turn On or Off Optimize Mac Storage
Here’s how you can disable or enable Optimize Mac Storage in the latest macOS release (10.15 and later):
- Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen, and then click “System Preferences.” from the dropdown menu
- Click “Apple ID.” from system preferences
- Check the box next to “Optimize Mac Storage” to enable or disable this feature from the Apple ID preferences panel
Enabling or disabling this feature can have implications for iCloud Drive, iCloud data, and even iCloud Photos, so you want to know the limitations and broad scope of how this works before using or deactivating the feature.
If you disable these features, be prepared for your Mac to need to download data from iCloud to the local computer again. This might take a while, depending on the speed of your internet connection and the amount of data stored in iCloud.
Likewise, if you enable these features, prepare your Mac to potentially upload some data to iCloud so that it can be taken down from Mac when storage is low on local drive storage.
Either upload or download data, you can see the status of iCloud files on Mac more easily and also watch the progress of uploading iCloud Drive in the Finder as well.
If you turn off this feature, you might want to disable iCloud Desktop & Documents on Mac, because it’s another feature that has caused some Mac users a lot of confusion, anxiety, and frustration, especially if they have limited internet speed and iCloud capacity.
If you are worried about the amount of storage that iCloud data might take on your Mac, you might have activated “Optimize Mac Storage” from the Apple ID preferences panel at some point in the past. Additionally, some Mac users can activate this feature during system setup or after updating MacOS. This setting is also activated by default on new Macs.