Why Is Relocated Items On My Mac Desktop?

After updating macOS you may find a folder on your Desktop named "Relocated Items." Learn what it is, why it is there, and whether you can delete it. Short answer: yes, delete it.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Why Is Relocated Items On My Mac Desktop?”

    lauren eisen
    11 months ago

    thank you for this, i always have these files and never knew if i could delete them or not or what they even contained. very helpful and brief tutorial which is always appreciated!

    James F. George
    10 months ago

    This was very helpful and added to my knowledge base. Thanks so much.

    Mick
    10 months ago

    Thanks Gary. That's that mystery solved :-)

    Wouter Palm
    10 months ago

    You should not only delete the file on the desktop but also the original file. Wich you can find with "show original file".

    Jasper
    10 months ago

    I’ve often found that these files prevent Trash from emptying. I get an alert message about the path being too long. Sure enough, when I look in the folder there is a very long series of nested folders (a bin folder, I think). I assume that something I’m doing is creating this poor configuration. Any idea what this might be?

    10 months ago

    Jasper: I've never gotten a message about the path being too long. What is the exact error message?

    jasper
    10 months ago

    Thanks Gary—this last happened last about a month ago but I think that that the error message was something like "macOS can't empty the trash because the [Relocated Items] path is too long". When you drill down into the folder structure it seemed to go on for ever (duplicates of bin & private folders, maybe?). I could only empty the bin with rm -R in Terminal. This happened on about 3 successive updates but I updated a couple of days ago and my Shared Relocated Items deleted with no problem.

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