How to Delete Movies From Mac

Mac is undoubtedly one of the most convenient devices for watching TV shows and movies. Still, just like other devices, it also comes with a limited storage space which can run out easily if you don’t delete your watched TV shows and movies periodically.

Because once they have accumulated enough storage, you will not be able to download or install anything else on your Mac. In addition to storage, it also impacts the performance of your Mac because your operating system requires a certain amount of free space to perform efficiently.

So, let’s see how to Delete movies from Mac.

4 Easy Ways to Delete Movies From Mac

There are four different ways that you can use to delete movies from Mac. Since each of them gets the job done without any issues, it mainly depends on each user, as some may find one easier than the rest. 

Nonetheless, we’ll check each of them individually. Let’s get started.

1. Using the Finder

If you can’t find any relevant files in your Movies folder, then you can always rely on the Finder to do the job. It can not only search all of your movies but can also track any other files currently available on your Mac.

You can use the following steps to locate and delete any movies on your Mac via the Finder:

  • Navigate to Finder on your Mac.
  • Now click the Search icon present in the top right corner of the window, type kind:movies, and hit Return.
  • Now select This Mac, and your Mac will start a search for all the video files present on your hard drive.

Once the search finishes, you should be able to see a complete list of video files on the screen. Now you can navigate through the files and delete any unwanted videos. After you are done, head over to the Trash and empty it to free up your storage units. 

Although you have successfully deleted unwanted files, sometimes Mac fails to recognize the new storage space. If you face this issue, there is a high chance that you will have to reindex your hard drive. Here are the steps that you can use to fix it:

  • Head to your System Preferences and open Spotlight.
  • Once opened, click the Privacy tab.
  • Now press the Add (+) button.
  • On the next window, select your main hard disk (it should be Macintosh HD by default), and select Choose.
  • In case you see a warning box, press OK.
  • Select the disk again and press the Remove (-) button to remove your disk.

Once done, Spotlight will start reindexing your hard drive. After it finishes, you should be able to see all of your new free space. Although most of the time, macOS reindexes your hard drive automatically, you can still use the above method in case it doesn’t 

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2. Using the Mac Apple TV App

The second method on the list revolves around the macOS TV app because it allows users to navigate through their list of movies and delete them as well. Here are the steps you can use to delete movies from Mac via the macOS TV application:

  • Navigate to your macOS TV app and open it.
  • Once inside, click on the Library tab.
  • Pick the relevant category by using the Sidebar.
  • Now, navigate to the movies that you want to delete and click the more (…) option right next to them.
  • Finally, click Delete.

That’s it, you have successfully deleted unnecessary movies from your Mac.

3. Using iTunes

In case you are currently running any macOS version released before the Catalina, you might still be able to use the iTunes application to delete movies directly from your hard disk. Here are the steps that you can follow to do the job:

  • Navigate to the iTunes application and open it.
  • Now select the Library tab and press the Main Navigation button.
  • After this, choose Movies, and select all the relevant video files that you want to delete from your device.
  • Now click on the Delete button.
  • Finally, confirm the deletion of files if prompted.

After following these steps, you have successfully deleted movies from your Mac using the iTunes application.

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4. Using Storage Optimization

If the above mentioned methods seem too complicated or tricky, then you can always use the Optimize Storage option on your Mac. It can easily delete any movies or TV shows from your storage which can save your precious time because you don’t have to go through the library anymore.Here are the steps that you can follow to use the Optimize Storage option to delete Movies from Mac

  • Click on the Apple menu and select About This Mac from the list of options.
  • Now click on the Storage tab and select the Manage option.
  • After this, select Recommendation via the side menu.
  • Now click on the Optimize option present in the Optimize Storage section.
  •  Finally, select the Optimize option again if prompted.

Once the optimization process finishes, you will see a confirmation prompt, and you should be able to see a green tick along with the word Completed on the Optimize Storage section.

That’s it. You have successfully optimized your storage and deleted any unnecessary movies from it.

How to Locate Hidden Movies on Mac

If you have accidentally hidden your movies and now you want to locate them, then you can follow these steps to unhide them:

  • Navigate to Finder.
  • Now look for the folder that you want to inspect.
  • Finally, press the Shift + Command + . keys.

Now you have successfully unhidden your movies. On top of that, you can also reuse this command to hide them again. 

Alternatively, you can also use command lines to locate your hidden movies on Mac. Here’s how:

  • Navigate to Finder and type Terminal.
  • Once the search finishes, open the Terminal application.
  • Now paste the following defaults write AppleShowAllFiles true command.
  • After this, hit Return.
  • Now paste killall Finder and hit Return again to relaunch the Terminal application.

All of your hidden files should be visible now. You can also reverse this action by swapping the True with False in the third step. Here’s an example of it: defaults write AppleShowAllFiles false.

Although this feature is highly useful in maintaining your privacy, you should still be cautious while using it as it also unhides all the system files and folders which are crucial for your operating system.

For instance, if you have accidentally deleted any one of these files, then you can cause some serious damage to your system.

How to Delete Locked Files on Mac

Even though deleting files on Mac feels quite easy as you only have to drag and drop them to the Trash, sometimes this easy task becomes impossible, and you get a popup error each time you try to do it. 

Let’s go over some of the reasons behind this error and see how you can solve them:

  • The file is in usage: Check if you have opened the file anywhere. If you do, close it and try again.
  • The file is read-only and locked: In this case, you need either the administrative or the owner’s permission to access or delete the file.
  • Bug or glitch: This is an error on the software part. Either delete it via a third-party app or contact Apple’s support team.
  • macOS is corrupted: Due to some virus or other reason. Your macOS has been corrupted, so you will have to do a fresh installation of the operating system.

How to Fix a Slow Mac

If you have noticed your Mac slowing down or not functioning like it used to, then you can implement the following things to bring its speed back up:

  • Locate and eliminate any processes with high resource consumption.
  • Check and see if there are any pending macOS updates available.
  • Free up some space from the startup disk.
  • Put a limit to the number of applications that can run in the background.
  • Limit the items that startup when you log into your Mac.
  • Delete all the cache data on your Mac.
  • Increase your RAM.
  • Delete any applications from your desktop that are creating clutter.
  • Check your Mac for any viruses or malware by using a good anti-virus.

How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac

Before we begin the uninstallation process, you should try installing the latest macOS version from Apple, as it may automatically delete iTunes from your device. 

But if you have already finished that and it didn’t work for some reason, then here are the steps to uninstall iTunes on Mac:

  • Press Control and click on the iTunes application.
  • Now select Get info from the list of options.
  • After this, expand the Sharing & Permission section and press the Lock icon.
  • If prompted, provide your Administrative Password and hit Return.
  • Now click on everyone and change it to Read & Write.
  • Finally, drag the iTunes application to Trash and then empty it.
Shehryar Khan
Shehryar Khan
Shehryar is a tech enthusiast who loves to write about technology and has two years of experience in this field. You can find him reading books or playing video games when he’s not writing.

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