How to delete movies from a MacBook

How to delete movies from a MacBook? It’s normal to end up with quite a significant movie collection on your MacBook and this is likely to cause some strain on your operating system because of the amount of storage these movies take up. By learning how to delete those movies, you will be able to keep your computer running more efficiently.

But, it’s not just the latest movies you have downloaded to watch at home. We can also have music videos or videos we have taken and uploaded to keep safe. Let’s start by looking at where our various movies could be saved.

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Where are my movies on a MacBook?

This will very much depend on how you have set up your MacBook. There is a dedicated Movie folder on MacBook, you also have Movies in iTunes. When uploading from your smartphone, videos might be saved on your desktop or into your downloads folder.

If you know the name of the movie (as it is saved) you can search for it in the top right-hand corner of your desktop. This will allow you to see where it has been saved. Alternatively, you can use Finder to search for your movie/video.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

How to delete movies from a MacBook

From your Movies Folder

There are two ways in which you can delete movies from the Movies Folder. First, use Finder to open your movies folder.

  • Click anywhere on your desktop so Finder appears in the top left-hand corner;
  • Open a New Finder Window;
  • Click on “Movies” in the Sidebar (Favourites);
  • Select the movies and videos you wish to delete;
  • Choose Move to Bin and it will be sent straight to the bin.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

You can also select the movies you want to delete and drag them into the bin on your Dock. You will hear a click when you drop it into the bin and it will disappear from the Movies folder.

From your iTunes

When movies and videos are saved in iTunes, they can be found in Music Videos. The process for deleting movies from iTunes is the same as from your Movies folder. There are two options. First, click on the movie you wish to delete and you will see a small window with options pop up. The last option is to “Delete from Library”.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

A second window will open with three options:

How to delete movies from a MacBook

If you choose to keep the file, you will still be able to find it in your Movies folder on the desktop, so essentially it is moving it out of iTunes and into your Finder. If you choose Move to Bin, it will go straight to the bin to be deleted. You can also choose to drag and drop movies into the bin and the same window will appear.

From your Downloads folder

Again, you have the same two options to download your movies that are saved in Downloads. First, you can open Finder and click on “New Finder Window”. In the Sidebar, you will see the Downloads folder. Click on it to open and then select the movie you want to delete.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

You can choose “Move to Bin” or you can drag and drop it into the bin in your Dock.

From your Desktop

You have to love Mac for its easy user interface. You have the same two options as previously mentioned. From your desktop, choose the movie or video and click to see your options, choose Move to Bin. Here you can see the drag and drop option.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

Deleting movies from a MacBook to save storage space

It’s important to remember that although you have put the movies and videos in the bin, it doesn’t mean you have deleted them from your MacBook. When movies are in the bin, they still take up storage space. You need to empty your bin to free up memory.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

Click on your bin in the Dock and select Empty Bin. Another window will appear asking if you are sure. Be sure! Once you have emptied your bin, you won’t be able to retrieve the contents.

Wrap Up

It’s true that we don’t always pay attention to where our movies go and how much storage they take. You only start to think about it when you notice your computer isn’t running as quickly as it did.

Learning how to delete movies will really not only keep your laptop or desktop nice and organised, it will also keep it running at the optimal level.