How To Check MacBook Storage

Quickly determine your MacBook's available storage space

What To Know

  • Right-click the icon for your hard drive on the desktop, click Get Info, and find the Available line in the pop-up.
  • You can also click the Apple menu > About This Mac, and then click the Storage tab.
  • You can also open a Finder window, click the View menu, click Show Status Bar, and then look for Available at the bottom of the window.

This article explains how to find out how much available storage space you have on your MacBook hard drive. The information in this article applies to MacBooks running macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and newer.

How To Check Storage on MacBook: Get Info on Hard Drive Icon

To check the available storage on your MacBook using your hard drive icon, follow these steps:

  1. On your MacBook's desktop, right-click (or control-click) on the hard drive's icon.

  2. Click Get Info.

    Mac desktop with contextual menu coming from hard drive icon.
  3. In the pop-up window, the Available line lists how much storage your MacBook has.

    Mac desktop with Get Info window for hard drive.

You can also use this technique from the Finder. To do that, open a new Finder window. In the Locations section of the sidebar, right-click the hard drive icon and click Get Info.

How To Check MacBook Storage: About This Mac

You can also check the storage on your MacBook from the built-in About This Mac tool by following these steps:

  1. Click the Apple menu.

  2. Click About This Mac.

    Apple menu with About This Mac highlighted.
  3. In the pop-up window, click the Storage tab.

    About This Mac window with Storage tab highlighted.
  4. Hover your mouse over the blank section of the bar chart, or look at the text above, to find your available storage.

    About This Mac storage tab.

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How To Check MacBook Storage: Finder Status Bar

Want to be able to check your MacBook storage all the time, without needing to do anything? You can, by changing one small setting in the Finder. Here's what to do:

  1. Open a new Finder window.

  2. Click the View menu at the top of the screen.

  3. Click Show Status Bar.

    Finder with the View menu and Show Status Bar menu option.
  4. At the bottom of the Finder window, the status bar appears, listing how much available storage space you have.

    Finder status bar displaying remaining free storage space.

How To Check MacBook Storage: Disk Utility

Every MacBook comes with a program called Disk Utility pre-installed. Disk Utility is a tool for fixing problems with your hard drive, erasing and reformatting the hard drive for major software troubleshooting, and when you're going to sell your MacBook, and more. It can also help you check your MacBook storage. Here's what to do:

  1. Open Disk Utility.

    The path to find the Disk Utility app.

    There are lots of ways to do this, including: Find it in the Utilities folder and double click it; open the Spotlight bar, type Disk Utility and hit Enter.

  2. In the main Disk Utility window, you can find your available storage in the Available section towards the bottom or in the bar chart at the top.

    Disk Utility program showing how much free storage space is left.
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