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How to Delete Language Files on Mac to Brush the OS

15.01.2018

Undoubtedly, macOS is a highly efficient and convenient platform. Though, even there you can find some useless components that lie dormant cluttering the system. The stark example is the numerous language files. In fact, the same can be said about language packs included in almost any application you install on your Mac.

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Can you imagine a situation when you'd need Albanian or Hindi in your everyday computer activity? If no, then why do you need all this digital junk on your device? By removing it, you can easily tidy up the system; freeing up some valuable hard drive space comes as an icing on the cake.

Language Files: Definition and Purposes

You have probably noticed that macOS and almost every app on your Apple computer come in multiple languages. This is done for the purpose of the localization of software used in many countries. Multiply them by the amount of software on your Mac, and you may be shocked how much space they may occupy. All alone, a language file does not weigh too much, but altogether, they may consume as many resources as the huge image or movie files.

However, if you are a bilingual person or speak a single language, the rest of the language files do not make any sense to you. That is when what Mac offers in terms of languages is rather useful. From Acoli and Albanian to Russian and Japanese, a Mac owner can decide on the language pack on his or her own. There is no need to keep languages you don't use; they do not affect the computer's proper functioning whatsoever. Hence, removing these packages is an obvious and smart deed.

How to Remove Language Files on Mac Manually?

A word ‘manually’ means that a user will have to do everything all alone, and it will probably take plenty of time and nerves. You know, typing all those names, applying commands, finding right what you need in the different types of junk, etc. However, experienced Mac owners will face the challenge with ease.

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You should know where the language files are hiding. Look for them in the package contents of apps installed on your Apple computer. Find and launch the Resources folder. Search for all folders that end up with “.lproj.” As you can see, each such folder has items for the specific language.

In the majority of situations, the user may toss away the folders and files associated with the unnecessary languages to Trash. The biggest problem is that you should manually detect and pick those items to delete for every application. It might take a while as Apple is generous for languages, and most of the popular apps are too. So, explore the Resources folder carefully to find and remove the unnecessary language items.

How to Delete Unused Languages on Mac in One Fell Swoop?

Fortunately, there is another method to get rid of the languages you will never use in one go. It is possible to eliminate them to declutter your operating system and reclaim free space with the help of free or paid third-party Mac cleaning application.

MacFlyPro is an excellent example of such cleaner, capable of detecting and removing the localization files in both macOS and third-party apps with ease.

  • Download and install the MacFlyPro app.
  • Launch it, go to the Cleanup tab, and hit the Scan button under the System section.

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  • After the scan is over:

If you wish to remove the language files only, choose Review. In the displayed list, remove the ticks from everything excluding Unused macOS localizations and Unused app languages. You also can manually edit the list of languages to be removed from your Mac and keep those you need intact;

choose localization tabs

If you want to erase all detected junk data (which, besides localization data, includes system/user cache and system/user logs), just pick Clean.

That's it, you're done!


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