How to Empty Trash on Mac and Securely Delete Your Files from Mac
Trash on Mac is what the real Trash is. Putting simply, Trash helps you dumping the files you no longer need. And once you put an unwanted file in the trashcan, you mark it for permanent deletion. Till the time you empty the trash, your file(s) will stay there and there will be no permanent deletion. Well, just putting the files into the Trash is no solution if you want the space to be free. In case the space of the system start running out, you should not neglect how to empty trash on Mac. It is not complex to remove the files permanently. Just stick to this article and get to know how and what to do if Mac trash won’t empty.
1. How do I empty Trash on my Mac?
We are going to show you three ways to empty trash on Mac including emptying trash securely. Please have a look.
#Way 1: Holding Trash can
- Start with clicking and holding the Trashcan icon available in the dock on Mac.
- You will observe a pop-up in which you see “Empty Trash” option.
- And that’s about it; you have successfully deleted the Trash on your Mac.
#Way 2: Using Finder Menu
- For this method, click on the “Finder” menu first.
- Choose “Secure Empty Trash” and confirm the actions.
#Way 3: Secure Empty Trash Mac
- Press and hold the “Command” key.
- While pressing, click on “Trash” icon from the dock.
- The “Empty Trash will change to “Secure Empty Trash”. Click on it and you’re done.
2. What if I can't empty Trash on Mac?
A lot of users stuck with a situation where they can’t empty trash on Mac. If this is the case with you, we have provided solutions to be followed at such instance. Please explore the following section and scrutinize if your problem vanishes.
# Solution 1: Force Empty Trash on Mac in Safe Mode (When File in Use)
Many times Mac trash won’t empty when some file or item is in use. If that is the case with you, the following course of action is to be taken.
1. Firstly, try to sop or quit the app which is using the particular file
2. If that went futile, chances are that multiple background processes are consumed by the app and the files. In this case, simply restart your Mac and then try to empty Mac Trash.
3. If unluckily, that also doesn’t work, make sure to start your Mac in Safe Mode. The steps for this are as follows:
- Launch or restart Mac in the first place. Press “Shift” key and the Apple logo will be noticeable on the screen.
- Release the key until you find log-in screen in progress bar. Now, try to empty Trash
- To exit Safe mode, simply restart your Mac.
#Solution 2: Force empty Trash Mac with Terminal App (Code Error)
If you get the code error while emptying Mac trash, you can use the Terminal app to fix the issue. However, make sure to think before proceeding as this app will modify your Mac in an irreversible way. Here is how to empty trash Mac with Terminal.
- Head to Macintosh HD and click “Applications” followed by “Utilities”.
- Terminal will open. You need to type “sudo rm –R”. Give space now and please do no press Enter key.
- Launch Trash now and choose the files or folder you wish to remove permanently. Drag and drop those files into “Terminal”. You will the path of files in the Terminal window
- Hit Enter and the files will start getting empty from Trash. Please stay for sometime as it will take some time to get the process over.
#Solution 3: Repair Mac Disk and Empty Mac Trash
If you still find the problem and can’t empty trash Mac, follow the steps recommended by Apple to repair Mac and then try to empty Trash.
- Firstly, you need to enter the recovery mode on Mac. Simply long press “Command-R” while Mac launches.
- In the “macOS Utilities” window, pick out “Disk Utility” and hit on “Continue”.
- Next, choose the disk that has your file to be deleted from the Disk Utility. Making use of the “First Aid” feature right after that, you need to repair the disk.
- Lastly, Quit Disk Utility and go for restarting Mac.
- Attempt to empty the trash now and see if the results are positive.
3. How to stop emptying Trash on Mac
Following are the two methods to stop emptying Mac Trash. Here are those:
#Way 1: Stop Emptying Trash Automatically
- Go to the “Finder” menu and select “Preferences”.
- In the “Advanced” tab, you need to uncheck the box beside “Remove items from the Trash after 30 days”.
#Way 2: Stop Emptying Trash using Terminal
- Open “Application” and head to “Terminal”.
- Type “sudo rm –ri~/.Trash and press return.
- Now, enter the account’s password when prompted and press return.
- Now, you should go along the prompts. First, delete any file or folder in >Trash folder and then .Trash folder itself.
- Type yes and go to each prompt.
- Log out of the OS account and log in again.
- Now, the immediately deletion on the Mac will be stopped.
4. How to recover data from emptied Trash
A lot of times, people realize the requirement of the deleted files once they empty trash on Mac. Do you want the same? The best solution for this is Wondershare Recoverit for Mac. This proficient data recovery tool allows the users to easily and quickly recover files from their Mac. No matter if the Trash is emptied, or the system is corrupted, it can support any data loss situation with ease. Moreover, more than 500 data formats are compatible with Recoverit. When you have a secure and reliable tool that can get your files back, you should wander for any other solution in the market.