Keep an eye on connected devices: Update for CleanMyMac X menu app

In the summer of 2022, MacPaw has the one that has been recommended here on the blog more than once CleanMyMac extended by monitoring options for the menu bar. The free extension comes as menu app and brings several information about Mac to the front with one click: disk space, CPU usage, RAM usage, battery level, malware status and the like. As of today there is an update for the CleanMyMac X Menu app and it affects external devices. From these can be in the current Beta for App e.g. B. display the battery status and memory usage, so that you can always keep an eye on everything and be able to manage it. From the AirPod batteries to the memory allocation of the external SSD, everything is included.

The new overview for connected devices in the CleanMyMac X menu app on the Apple Mac ensures that all battery levels and memory allocations can be viewed at a glance. Displayed e.g. B. connected Bluetooth devices, the iPhone, external hard drives and SD cards. Image source: MacPaw
The new overview for connected devices in the CleanMyMac X menu app on the Apple Mac ensures that all battery levels and memory allocations can be viewed at a glance. Displayed e.g. B. connected Bluetooth devices, the iPhone, external hard drives and SD cards. Image source: MacPaw

CleanMyMac X menu app with new device monitor

In CleanMyMac X you will find a revised overview of device information in the current beta version and soon with a regular update after clicking on the menu bar icon of the app. The "Connected Devices" or "Connected Devices" area was added to the bottom right. If you click on it, a second overview will be expanded, in which all important details about the connected devices are displayed:

  • Connected iPhones with battery status and memory usage, including the option to delete junk data
  • Connected Bluetooth headphones, keyboards, mice and other peripherals with their battery status
  • External storage media such as hard drives and SD cards with the memory overview, optimization options and the eject button
The already known overview of the CleanMyMac X menu app is expanded by the latest update with the red-framed area. If you click on it, the second, detailed overview will be expanded. Image source: MacPaw
The already known overview of the CleanMyMac X menu app is expanded by the latest update with the red-framed area. If you click on it, the second, detailed overview will be expanded. Image source: MacPaw

Free up storage - Will my data and files be deleted?

if e.g. For example, if the connected iPhone or a connected hard drive has the option to free up storage space (shown as "Reclaim Space" in the screenshot above), then the task at hand is to remove system leftovers. No personal data, photos, videos, contact details, notes or the like will be deleted. Rather become Spotlight-Removed directories, .DS_Store, Thumbs.db and similar data, which are considered largely useless remnants of processes run by the system. 

To remove files and folders to free up space on external storage media, you can use the Space Lense in CleanMyMac X's main program. The files are displayed there individually and can be removed manually. With automatic memory cleaning, you don't have to worry about your files. When deleting the same in the main program, you also have the reins in your hand, which is why nothing can go wrong either. So there is an optimal solution for both ways of clearing memory.

CleanMyMac X's menu bar app lets you clean up system clutter. You can sort out files you have created yourself in the main program. Image source: MacPaw
CleanMyMac X's menu bar app lets you clean up system clutter. You can sort out files you have created yourself in the main program. Image source: MacPaw

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3 Responses to “Keeping Connected Devices: CleanMyMac X Menu App Update”

  1. CleanMyMac may be a good program. But what bothers me is the dubious offer behavior. For example, CleanMyMac is offered as a subscription. However, software subscriptions are basically a no go. If I think about what I like about programs on the Mac, then the subscription fees per year would be an item that would no longer be negligible. CleanMyMac is also available as a one-time purchase, but unfortunately the name suggests something different than what you get. The info button then explains that larger changes are then subject to a charge.
    I would absolutely buy a version for eg 20€ and then two or three years later a new version. But €89,95? Absolutely no way. There is currently an offer for €69,95, but only via a €20 voucher. Absolutely dishonest.
    That's why the software will never find its way onto my Mac. Unfortunately.

    1. Hello Timewalkers,

      I also don't like subscription models with apps and prefer to use individual purchases. That's why I use e.g. B. Affinity Photo instead of Photoshop. However, it is normal for new main versions of an app to necessitate a new purchase. Because the development costs time and additional resources. An app cannot be updated forever for free if jobs are attached to it. Also, you can use CleanMyMac X for as long as you want, limited to the purchased version and its updates.

      Alternative I can recommend Setapp to you. You pay 9,99 euros a month and can use over 240 full versions of the app for macOS. It's definitely worth it and can definitely convince you of the subscription model; after all, that's just around 4 cents per app and month. CleanMyMac X is included in the Setapp package.

      Best regards
      John

  2. Hi John,

    The fact that software development costs money certainly does not need to be discussed. Its obvious. I work in the Windows environment myself as a programmer. What annoys me are the extremes. While a free mentality has largely spread in the Windows environment, it is exactly the opposite in the Apple environment. Sometimes prices – also for software – are called up so that one's eyes water spontaneously. Nowadays there hardly seems to be a reasonable way. You have to read the small print all the time so that the big boomerang doesn't follow you. For example, on CleanMyMac, the “One-time purchase” heading suggests that it is a lifetime license until you click the About button. Of course, I don't mind if a new version costs something. As you already write: There is work and costs involved.
    Only, at this point, the way the offer is presented and the price make the music.
    An example: The MP3Tag Editor is available free of charge for Windows. I'm surprised it doesn't cost a few euros. The same editor costs a whopping €23,99 in the Apple Store. So I'm wondering where the perspective is.
    Anyway, thanks for the tip with Setapp. I'll take a look at that.

    gruß
    Udo

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