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Some people aren’t as retentive about emptying their Mac’s Trash as others are, and when things start piling up, valuable storage space can be wasted as it just sits there and does nothing productive.

You can configure your Mac to automatically remove items that have been sitting in the Trash for 30 days, which might be a useful function for people who tend to forget to take out the trash from time to time.

Automatically remove items from the Trash after 30 days

To set this up on your Mac, you’ll want to follow these steps:

1) Click on the Finder icon in your Dock to bring Finder to the foreground.

2) Go to Finder → Preferences… in the Menu Bar.

Finder Preferences

3) Click on the Advanced tab.

Finder Preferences 30 Day Trash

4) Put a check mark in the Remove items from Trash after 30 days check box.

And that’s it!

Now your Mac will automatically remove items that have been in the Trash for 30 days so you no longer have to worry about things you don’t need cluttering up your limited storage space.

If you do configure your Mac to use this feature, please do take extra care to not put anything in the Trash you don’t intend to delete, otherwise it might be gone the next time you go looking for it.

Now… if only the trash cans in my house would auto-empty themselves…

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Will you be enabling automatic Trash emptying on your Mac? Share in the comments!

  • David Dablo

    If only it worked for taking the trash outside of my house.

  • I’m guessing that this is a Sierra feature; I don’t have it in El Capitan.

  • Mark S

    I empty my trash as soon as I generate it. Who waits 30 days?