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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

How to remove items from the Trash automatically in MacOS



For Mac users who often put items in the recycle bin but forget to empty them regularly, they can enable a new feature in MacOS that allows the bin to automatically empty after 30 days. This can be particularly useful if the trash takes up a large amount of storage space, since the files that are in it will be deleted after the elapsed time has elapsed.

This auto-delete feature of the files in the trash requires macOS Sierra 10.12 or later as previous versions of Mac OS do not have the ability to automatically delete items from the trash.

How to remove items from the Trash automatically after 30 days on MacOS


  • From MacOS Finder, go to the menu and choose "Preferences"
  • Go to the "Advanced" tab and check the box "Delete items in the trash after 30 days"


  • Exit Finder Preferences
Once this feature is enabled, items in the bin in Mac OS will individually have a 30-day timer where they will be deleted automatically after the time has elapsed. In other words, each file will be automatically deleted automatically after the 30 days have passed.

This has no impact on the trash other than automatically deleting the contents of the trash every 30 days.

Keep in mind that destroying a file is irreversible, if you delete a file that you did not intend to delete, it will not be possible to recover it unless it is backed up with Time Machine or otherwise.

If you decide that you do not want to have this feature in use, you can disable it at any time.

How to stop the automatic emptying of the trash in MacOS

  • From MacOS Finder, go to the menu and choose "Preferences"
  • On the "Advanced" tab, uncheck the box next to "Delete items in the trash after 30 days"
And that's it, you know how to automatically empty the bin and how to disable this feature.

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