How to Delete Movies from Mac to Free Up Space

By Anders Smith

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Posted on #Clean up

A problem about my Mac hard drive kept bothering me. When I opened About Mac > Storage, it said that there're 20.29GB movie files, but I'm not sure where they are. I found it hard to locate them to see if I could delete or remove them from Mac to free up the storage. I have tried many ways but all of them didn't work. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?"

For Mac users, some of the movies files that take up the hard drive are mysterious because locating them can be tricky. So the problem would be where the movie files are and how to find and delete movies from Mac. This article will tell you how to fix it.

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Movies Taking Up Large Space on Mac

1. Where Are Movies Stored on Mac?

Usually, the movie files can be found through the Finder > Movies folder. You can quickly delete or remove them from the Movies folder. But if the Movies folder option doesn't show up in Finder, you can make the change of the preferences by following the steps as:

Step 1 Open Finder Application;

Step 2 Go to the Finder's menu at the top of the screen;

Step 3 Click on the Preferences and select the Sidebar;

Step 4 Click on the Movies option.

Show Movies Folder on Finder

Then the Movies folder will appear on the left column of Finder. You can find the movie files on Mac easily and quickly.

2. How to Delete Movies from Mac

Having known about where are those huge movie files stored on Mac, you can choose to delete them in several ways.

Delete Movies on Finder

Step 1 Open a Finder window;

Step 2 Select Search windows and type in the code kind:movies;

Step 3 Click on This Mac.

Find Movies on Finder

What you will see are all the movies files that located in Mac. And then choose all and delete them to reclaim space on your hard drive.

However, after deleting and removing the movies from Mac, maybe there is no obvious change in About This Mac > Storage measurements. So you need to use Spotlight re-index the boot drive. Below are the steps:

Step 1 Open System Preferences and choose Spotlight > Privacy;

Step 2 Drag and drop your boot hard drive (usually named as Macintosh HD) to the Privacy Panel;

Step 3 Wait for about 10 seconds then select it again. Press the minus button at the bottom of panel to remove it from Spotlight Privacy.

Remove Hard Drive from Spotlight Privacy

By this way can it re-index your hard drive and recover the accuracy of the storage measurement in About This Mac. You can then see how much free space you get by deleting movies on Mac.

Delete Movies from iTunes

You may have downloaded some movies files in iTunes. Now how to undownload the movies to free up hard drive space? You may follow the steps to delete movies from iTunes. Launch iTunes and click Library in the upper left corner;

Step 1 Change the button Music to Movies;

Step 2 Choose the appropriate tag in the left column of iTunes to view all your movies;

Step 3 Click on the movies or videos you want to remove, then press Delete on the key broad;

Step 4 Select Move to Trash in the pop-up window.

Movies in iTunes

Then empty the trash bin manually, and the movies would be deleted from your hard drive. If you don't want to permanently delete the movies but want your free space back, you may go to iTunes Media folder via this path: /Users/yourmac/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media and move the iTunes videos files to a spare hard drive.

iTunes Media Folder

Use Macube Cleaner

Many users rather seek an easier way to remove movie files once for all than to delete them manually, especially the big ones, because sometimes it will waste a lot of time to locate them. Fortunately, there is a tool to do that easily — Macube Cleaner (opens new window). This program is often used to clear up Mac to free up space, including the big movie files. Macube Cleaner speeds up the cleaning process by:

Step 1 Download and install this program on Mac;

Step 2 Launch the program and select Large & Old Files in the left column;

Step 3 Click Scan to locate all your big files;

Scanning Large Files

Step 4 You may choose to view the file by its size, name by clicking Sort By; Or you can enter the format of the movies files, for example, MP4/MOV, to filter out the movies files;

Delete Movies on Mac

Step 5 Select the files you want to remove or delete then click Clean.

The big movie files have been successfully deleted or removed. You can save a lot of time and energy to clear up space through Macube Cleaner. And you can continue to free up your Mac space with Macube Cleaner by removing system caches and logs, duplicate files, similar photos, mail trash and more.

Hopefully, this article can provide some ideas to help you clear up the movie files. If you find it useful, share this article with your friends or give us comments if you have better solutions.

Our Writer
Anders Smith, the chief editor of Macube team, is a big fan of Apple. He likes to share his experience and ideas through writing.