How to empty Trash in macOS?

If you are new to macOS - the operating System for the Apple Desktop (iMac or Mac Mini) or Laptop (Macbook Air or Pros) then you may sure get this question "How do I empty the trash bin?"

It's pretty simple - just right click on the Trash icon you would see on the right side of your device dock and click - "Empty Trash"

The other way is to click on the Trash icon (or right-click -> Open) and you would see an empty button on the top right side of the window.

Empty macOS Trash
Empty macOS Trash

As you can see in the above example - When you try to empty the bin you will get a pop-up alert that reads - "Are you sure you want to permanently erase the items in the Trash? You can’t undo this action." - You can here Cancel the operation or click on the "Empty Trash" button to go ahead.

Are you sure you want to permanently erase the items in the Trash

✌️If you are unsure if you want to permanently delete all you have in your trash bin then it's always recommended to open it and delete files and directories selectively.

Once the trash is empty. You will see that the icon now looks like an empty bin and the "Empty Trash" option is disabled.


  • Thank you!! Mac is a completely new ecosystem for me! your steps helped!!
    anonymous 03 Apr 2222 17:04:32 GMT
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