How to Securely Empty the Trash in MacOS

Zach Zach (235)
Total time: 1 minute 

This guide explains how to securely empty your Mac's trash can. This function overwrites the old data on your hard drive with a bunch of 0s, making it harder to recover.

Mac OS X×1

Howchoo is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission at no cost to you.

To securely empty the trash

Hold down CMD-SHIFT and right-click the trash can icon. You will now see the Securely Empty Trash option appear.