Delete Downloaded macOS Ventura, Sonoma From Mac

This tutorial will help you find Downloaded macOS from the app store or installer. And Then delete downloaded software updates Mac complately. So, Mac users can re-download the setup or Free up space. Check out the steps for Where is macOS Downloaded? and How to delete macOS Setup from Mac?

It’s not always the macOS updates are downloaded and installed successfully, especially on the day when Apple first rolled it out. When any major update is rolled out publicly, the same day, many people report issues like can’t update Mac to macOS Monterey, macOS update stuck, macOS installed partially, and more. While downloading the macOS update, if anything goes wrong and you can’t install the update, removing the downloaded software update file is recommended.

The software update file takes up about 10-15 GBs of storage, and the System Requires 35 GBs for installation, and in the presence of that corrupt macOS software update installer, you cannot download the update on the MacBook. Therefore, kindly locate and remove the partially installed macOS Monterey file from your Mac.

How to Remove Partially Downloaded Files macOS Ventura, Sonoma

Until and unless the corrupted macOS files are not removed, the Mac Software Update program will show the Install button considering that file instead of the Download or Update Now button. To download the new software update file, you must remove the existing file mandatorily; here’s how to delete partially downloaded files from Mac, MacBook.

Where is the macOS installer located?

I mean, where are macOS updates stored,

MacOS Installation File Location is Finder (Applications Folder). Also, if you’re searching, Where are macOS Monterey, and Ventura downloads stored? Then the answer is the same. Finder is responsible for storing and managing all these updated files for macOS. You can either use Finder to delete the Downloaded macOS Update & Installation file or the Terminal command.

💡 Tips: You can keep this downloaded macOS file on your Mac and use it to Make Bootable macOS USB Flash Drive.

Method 1: Using Finder

Finder is a simple straight option to remove the update installation file from Mac. It’s stored inside the Applications. Follow the steps to delete the macOS installation download.

1→ Open Finder on your Mac.
2→ Click on the Go in the top menu bar.
3→ Select Applications. or See the Applications in the Finder sidebar.


Now find the macOS installation file [install MacOS x..] and Move to Trash.


Right-click on File > Move to the bin. Lastly, Empty Trash.


Method 2: Using Terminal

Couldn’t find the macOS installation file in Finder? The terminal app is another option to remove the installation file. Refer to the command mentioned below and run it into Terminal App.

  1. Open Terminal. Press command+space bar and search Terminal App.
  2. Type the following command:

For Ventura:-

sudo rm -rf Install\ macOS\

For Sonoma:-

sudo rm -rf Install\ macOS\

For Monterey & Big Sur:-

sudo rm -rf Install\ macOS\
sudo rm -rf Install\ macOS\ Big\
  • Press Enter key.
  • If asked, enter the login password of your Mac and press Enter to proceed.

Both the Methods are helpful, Write a comment about which you prefer and How this article is helpful. Also, share your problem if you face a Delete macOS Setup file from Mac.

Direct Download macOS Link on Mac [Old & Latest Version]

We can download the Official macOS Setup file to Install MacOS On the same Mac or Another Mac using Bootable Drive. Click on the link below or Open In New Tab, Next, Click on View in App Store > And Click on Get button to Download the macOS File on your Mac.


Once the Download Process is completed, Don’t start the installation, From the top Menu, Quit the setup, and Find the Saved MacOS Setup file under the application folder on your Mac. Open Finder on Mac > Application > Search Install macOS Version name. That’s it.

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1 thought on “Delete Downloaded macOS Ventura, Sonoma From Mac”

  1. Thank you very much. This allowed me to override the security update perfectly! Really easy to follow, although I think you’re missing the bit right at the end which says ‘right click the file and then delete, and then empty recycle bin’. 😂. After doing this, it was back to the normal ‘update available’ prompt rather than restart.


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