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What Are Relocated Items on Mac?

Curious about relocated items on Mac? When upgrading your Mac, your computer’s files are reviewed based on their relevance and condition. Any files that cannot automatically transition to new locations are placed in a Relocated Items folder. You can think of it as a temporary storage space during upgrades, ensuring none of your data is lost or deleted.


If you’ve recently updated your MacBook or iMac device, and you’re seeing that some of your files are classified as relocated items, then this can be a nuisance. But fear not, as we’ll guide you through the process of not just understanding what relocated items on Mac means, but also help you with the following tasks:

  • Find the relocated items folder on macOS
  • Know whether you need to keep relocated items on Mac
  • Learn what to do with relocated items on Mac, including how to delete and open them

To help you unravel this mystery, we’ll equip you with a straightforward solution and guide you along the way to help you find and manage these items.


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How to find the Relocated Items folder on macOS

Discovering the relocated items folder on macOS is straightforward. When files cannot transition to new locations during a system update, they reside in a separate place labelled as the relocated items folder. Find it nestled within the Shared directory of your user’s folder. The folder will conveniently be added to your Mac's desktop. To access any relocated files, double-click it to open relocated items on Mac.


The relocated items folder serves as a safeguard during system updates. When files encounter issues moving to new locations, they are temporarily placed here. This ensures your data's safety while preserving your Mac's performance.


To find the Relocated Items folder, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Finder Icon in the Dock to open a Finder window.
  2. In the menu bar, select Go and then scroll the sub-menu to Go to Folder.
  3. Enter the path /Users/shared.
  4. If you have a Relocated Items folder, it’ll be located here for you to open.
To be able to open relocated items on Mac, you should click on the Finder icon found in your Mac dock and open a Finder Window.
Step 1. Click on the Finder icon in the Dock
When you have opened your Finder Window, you can now scroll to Go and then down to Go to Folder, in order to open relocated items on Mac.
Step 2. In the menu bar, select Go > Go to Folder
You will now need to enter the Path Here /Users/Shared and click Go in order to be able to open the Related Items Folder if you have one after a device upgrade.
Step 3. Enter the path: /Users/Shared
If a Relocated Items Folder exists it will be located here in the Shared Directory, which you can double-click on to open.
Step 4. A Relocated Items folder will be located here to open

Do you need to keep relocated items on Mac

Are you now considering whether or not you need to keep relocated items on your Mac? It can be tricky to know whether it’s just a surplus space of unnecessary files or not. Though it’s up to you, our advice is to keep them to ensure your Mac runs effectively.


Removing relocated items from Mac desktop is generally considered safe for your MacBook’s health. However, we do advise you to check the contents first to ensure you’re happy with what you are about to delete—mostly to ensure nothing you want to keep or anything important gets removed.

How to open relocated items on Mac

Your relocated items are located in the shared directory of the user’s folder. Furthermore, a shortcut resides on your Mac desktop, allowing you to effortlessly double-click and reveal its contents.


Hint from our team: 


While you’re exploring folders, don't miss the significance of key directories like the Applications folder and read where is the Applications folder on Mac if needed.


If you need to open the relocated items folder on macOS using Finder, instead of using a shortcut, then you can scroll up to an earlier section How to find the relocated items folder on macOS with step-by-step instructions to guide you.  


Now read on to learn how to open relocated items on Mac using a shortcut found on your Mac desktop:

  1. Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. In the menu bar, select Go and use the shortcut Shift + Command + G.
  3. Enter the path /Users/Shared and click Go. If a Relocated Items folder exists, you’ll find it in the Shared directory that you can double-click on to open.
  4. Alternatively, on your Mac desktop, find a shortcut folder named Relocated Items, double-click on it to access its contents.
To be able to open relocated items on Mac, you should click on the Finder icon found in your Mac dock and open a Finder Window
Step 1. Click on the Finder Icon in the Dock
In the menu bar, scroll over to and select Go and enter the following shortcut > Shift + Command + G to be able to open relocated items folder on your Macbook.
Step 2. In the menu bar, select Go and enter the shortcut Shift + Command + G
After typing in the shortcut command, you will be brought to your Share Users on your device and here you will be shown if you have a relocated items folder you can open.
Step 3. After entering the shortcut Shift + Command + G, you’ll see Shared Users
If, after upgrading your Mac device, you do have relocated items fold, you will also find a shortcut on your Mac desktop that you can open by double-clicking to see what files are inside before deleting or keeping them.
Step 4. Alternatively, find a shortcut folder on your Mac desktop

How to delete relocated items on Mac

If you’ve successfully located and been able to open previously relocated items on Mac, and there are no files there you wish to keep or no longer need, you might want to delete relocated items on Mac.


Here’s a step-by-step process to delete relocated items on Mac:

  1. Launch Finder and select your Mac under Locations.
  2. Choose your hard disk and go to Users > Shared > Relocated Items.
  3. Right-click on unwanted files and select Remove To Bin.
  4. Ensure complete removal by right-clicking the Trash icon and selecting Empty Trash.
To delete relocated items on your MacBook, you need to go to Finder, select the hard disk (Macintosh HD), and follow the path Users > Shared > Relocated Items. In this folder, choose the files you need to delete and move them to the trash bin.

Hint from our experts: You can also just drag the desktop Relocated Items folder straight into your bin to make it even easier for yourself. Certainly, this is the case if there are no files you want or need to keep from it.

So, what to do with relocated items on Mac

Handling relocated items, as you may now know after reading today’s guide, is quite easy. A Relocated Items folder on your MacBook or computer desktop is a safeguarding measure that can occur after upgrading or decluttering your Apple device.


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