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CleanMyMac X Review: Clean, Protect & Speed Up Your Mac

Written by LouiseElizabeth

22nd December 2019

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If your Mac computer has started to slow down recently, or if you’re running out of space you’ll need to clean up your Mac. In this CleanMyMac X review, I’ll show how this software can run your computer more efficiently. Removing unnecessary files that may be clogging up and slowing down your machine.

What is CleanMyMac?

CleanMyMac X is a software tool that helps you to clear your Mac of clutter and makes your computer run like new. The app takes care of all removing all your junk, malware and makes your computer faster and more organised. The more you use your Mac, the more temporary files, applications or large files will build up unnoticed until you realise that you’re out of space or finding that you’re apps are crashing.

Is CleanMyMac Free?

You will require a paid license or subscription to unlock all of CleanMyMac’s features. However, you can try CleanMyMac X for free before purchasing which includes a lot of features. There will be some limitations such as the amount of junk you can remove but it’s a great way to try out the software and read this CleanMyMac X review before committing to buy.

CleanMyMac can be purchased as a one time purchase, or you can subscribe year by year. The cost depends on the number of Macs you want to license.

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Want to unlock all CleanMyMac features? See more info here!

Is CleanMyMac Safe?

Yes, CleanMyMac is safe, however, it is recommended that you back up your computer first. Because you have the ability to delete files from your hard drive, you need to make sure you aren’t deleting any required files. Also just because a file is large doesn’t mean it isn’t needed so only delete files when you are 100% happy to do so.

How to Use CleanMyMac X

Once you have downloaded and installed CleanMyMac X you can start up the application.

Smart Scan

Smart scan is really the starting point, depending on whether you are on a free trial or subscription it will combine its different modules which include;

  • System Junk
  • Photo Junk
  • Mail attachments
  • iTunes Junk
  • Trash bins
  • Malware Removal
  • Maintenance

If its the first time you are running it, the smart scan may take some time but once it’s finished you’ll see the total amount of data that can be safely removed threats and optimised tasks.

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System Junk

Within the system junk module, you can do a quick scan to locate and remove any temporary files that may be stored on your machine. It will also go away and find and remove any broken items that may result in wrong application behaviour.

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Photo Junk

Photo Junk will remove any wasted space and temporary files within your Photos that may be taking up your valuable storage.

Mail Attachments

This function helps to save space by removing copies of your email and attachments that you may have downloaded. It also optimises so that you mail no longer stores things such as company logos and smaller attachments.

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Trash Bins

The Trash bins module is pretty much what it says on the label, it removes your trash. But not only that but it will look through all your applications and find anything that has been sent for deletion. This includes your mail and photo libraries.

Malware Removal

Security within a Mac is definitely stronger and you should technically have less malware than a PC. But this doesn’t mean to say that your Mac won’t be acceptable to attach. Therefore this is a really valuable tool that will detect and neutralize malware threats: viruses, adware, worms, spyware.


Privacy will save you time opening every browser and manually deleting your browsing and download history as it does it all in one place. It will also get rid of your chat data like Skype or Messages.


This feature will scan you computer and find apps that are slowing it down. It then restarts them and also takes your login items to run them more efficiently too.

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Within maintenance, it will improve your hard drive performance and also free up some RAM. It will reindex your Spotlight database too which should then help with speed and quality.


The uninstaller tool allows you to choose an application that you’d like to remove and will easily and quickly perform this task for you. So there’s no need to move certain files across to the trash bin and you’ll know that all traces will be removed from your Mac.


The updater tool is really handy as it will show you all the updated that you need to run in one place. This is great as having the latest version means that your computer will run more efficiently


Within extensions, you can disable these on-demand and also remove these in their entirety with all related items.


This tool gives you a size comparison of your folders and files so that you can see what files are taking up the most amount of space.

Large & Old Files

CleanMyMac X reviews all your files and will find any that are large and old for you to review and see whether they are still needed.


The shredder is a more secure process of deleting your files and folders. You are also won’t have any issues with Finder errors occurring.

How to Clean Your Mac with inbuilt Tools!

If you’d prefer not to use third-party software to clean your Mac, you can use the tools that are inbuilt into your machine and manually declutter it. The first thing you will need to do is check how much storage is available.

Go to the Apple icon on the top left-hand side of your desktop and select “About this Computer

Select the “Storage” tab from the top, this will show you how much space you have available. If you have under around 20% space available you may find that your apps are crashing or your computer is running slowly.

Mac Storage

Click “Manage“. You will then be presented with some recommendations.

Managing your Mac storage

Under the “Applications” tab on the left, you can delete any old apps that you are no longer using to help to free up some space. It’s also handy to sort this by “Last Accessed” to get an idea if you are still using these.

The “Documents” tab will help you to sort through documents and erase files you no longer need. These are categorized by “Large Files“, “Downloads“, “Unsupported Apps” and your “File Browser“.

Declutter your Mac

Take a look through your large files and delete out any you no longer require to free up some space. Please be aware though that if you click onto “Delete” this is immediate and that this does not go into the Trash Bin.

Also, search “Downloads” for any files you don’t need. You may find that there are installer package files. These are required to install software, but no longer required once you have installed the app.

Under the “Music” tab is worth checking to see if you have any old podcasts in there. Or music that you no longer need.

Review and open your “Photos” and videos to see if there is any way you can free up some space there. I’d recommend using iCloud if you can. In this way, you can feel a little less anxious about deleting these type of files from your Mac.

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Written by LouiseElizabeth

Louise created the Every Bit Helps YouTube channel back in 2017, after finding the process of buying Bitcoin difficult. Therefore, in an aim to help others, she hopes that her tutorials will make the process of buying, selling and storing crypto a lot easier for newbies in the future.

After spending 20 years working in London in cyber security, she left the corporate life after having her second child in 2018. Louise now travels the world with her two small children trying to make the most out of life.

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