There’s no shortage of third-party macOS utility apps. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, being malware protection or removing system junk easily. There’s an app for everything.
However, not many third-party apps allow you to do everything from system maintenance to app uninstallation and system junk removal.
A macOS user community favorite, CleanMyMac X is an all-in-one tool that does everything the user might need. And then some.
As you can see in the screenshot above, you’ll have access to about 13 tools divided by categories.
The Cleanup category tools will identify system junk, mail attachments and trash them to save space. If you’re using your Mac daily for quite a long time, you can expect tens of gigs of space to be recovered by deleting the junk files.
The Protection category tools will allow you to find potential malware on your Mac.
However, in my honest opinion, you shouldn’t rely too much on this ( or any such tools ).
Sometimes such tools can identify false positives. Just use your judgment and best practices when it comes to malware.
That being said, if CleanMyMac X identifies any malware on your Mac, it’s worth further investigation.
The Speed category tools will give your recommendation on how to make your Mac run as new ( or as close to that as possible ), allowing you to free up RAM and flush the DNS cache.
These three categories, in my opinion, are the ones you need to focus on. The other three are there just in case you need them.
Maybe another tool you can keep an eye on is the “Large & Old Files” under the Files category. This tool allows you to identify “huge” and rarely used files that take up precious space on your Mac’s storage.
The best part is that you can either use the Smart Scan to perform all the tests or, depending on your needs, you can run each tool individually.
One thing I’d recommend you to do after installation is to make sure you disable analytics.
To do that, you must press
,while CleanMyMac X is the active window to access the app’s settings.
Alternatively, you can use the Menu Bar submenu and click on the gear icon in the bottom right corner.
Once you have accessed CleanMyMac X‘s settings menu, go to the Analytics tab, and make sure “Enable Analytics” is disabled. Of course, this is up to you. If you want to allow telemetry, you can skip this step.
Here’s a quick look at the CleanMyMac X’s status nar menu module.
CleanMyMac X vs the comepetition
CleanMyMac X is not the only game in town. So this begs the question: how does CleanMyMacX stacks up to the competition ( MacCleaner Pro, CCleaner, OnyX, or MacFlyPro ).
To answer that question, you can check out the infographic below:
CleanMyMac X is a fantastic maintenance solution for your Mac and macOS. It comes packed with features, maybe more than you need.
No wonder it’s a community favorite and has been for a long time.