How to Access Your Mac's Hidden Files

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Your computer has backend directories, libraries, and files that help keep your computer’s operating system running smoothly. If you were to delete or move any of these files, something could go seriously wrong. It’s why we don’t recommend you playing around with them unless you know what you’re doing.

Windows 10 users can find these files in File Explorer, where it’s easy to make changes and mistakes. In order to prevent Mac users from doing the same, Apple hides many of these files by default in macOS. That means you don’t have to worry about ruining your computer, but it makes things a bit harder when you do need access.

Apple offers a few ways to find these hidden files. You can view them in Finder or through your Mac’s Terminal app. Just remember that there are few reasons to mess around with these files—like relocating program directories or troubleshooting drivers—and if you’re looking to clear up some hard drive space, there are other ways of accomplishing that.

View Hidden Files in Finder

file encryption or any other legitimate security measures.

October 27, 2020
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