I unfortunately own a 256GB Mac and storage is proving to be a huge problem. Once I can afford to buy a new computer, I will. Until then, I have used a tool to identify areas of storage that are largest and it seems over 4GB is being taken up in Application Support for Voice Memos alone.

These are recordings I took on my phone and I very much want to keep; however, I don't even know why they are on my Mac. I want to delete them, without removing them from the Cloud.

Are there any safe ways to do this?

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    – Allan
    Commented May 5, 2023 at 20:08
  • While I don't have voice memos on my mac, I will give a hint: what you are referring to may be called "evicting" in iCloud terminology. Maybe icloud tools from eclecticlight.co will help you.
    – hym3242
    Commented May 13 at 20:14

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You can turn off iCloud Voice memos on your Mac by going to Apple menu > System Settings, click your name, click iCloud on the right, then click iCloud Drive, now click Apps syncing to iCloud Drive. Select Voice Memos in the list of apps to turn it off. Then click Done. You can now go into the voice memos app and safely delete all your recording from just your Mac.

Don‘t turn it on again, as this will delete all voice memos from your iPhone as well!

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