How To Eject Usb On Mac

There’s a lot to admire about Apple’s macOS, from its sleek design to its robust functionality. But if you’re new to Mac, something as simple as ejecting a USB device can seem puzzling. Fear not, for in this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process step-by-step.

Method 1: Using Finder

Finder is at the heart of your Mac and is used for browsing files, folders, and connected devices. Here’s how to eject a USB using Finder:

    1. Open Finder.
    2. In the sidebar on the left, locate the name of your USB device under the "Locations" section.
    3. Next to the device name, you'll notice an icon that looks like an 'eject' symbol (a triangle over a line).
    4. Click on this icon to safely eject your USB device.

Method 2: Using Disk Utility

Disk Utility is another built-in macOS app that manages your disks and storage devices. Here’s how you can use it to eject a USB:

    1. Open Disk Utility. You can find it in the Utilities folder within your Applications.
    2. On the left sidebar, locate your USB device.
    3. Click on it to select it.
    4. At the top of the Disk Utility window, click on the "Eject" button (it looks like an upward-pointing arrow over a line).

Method 3: Using the Trash Can

Yes, you read that right! MacOS uses the Trash Can icon as an eject mechanism. Here’s how:

    1. Click and hold on the USB device's icon on the Desktop.
    2. Drag the icon over the Trash Can in the Dock.
    3. Release the mouse or touchpad button and your device will be safely ejected.

Note that during this action, the Trash Can turns into an Eject icon.

Method 4: Using Terminal

For those more comfortable with command-line operations, macOS’s Terminal offers another way to eject USB devices. Here’s the command you’ll need:

diskutil eject /dev/diskN

In the above command, replace ‘N’ with the disk number of your USB device. Be sure to run diskutil list beforehand to identify your device’s disk number.


Ejecting a USB device from your Mac might seem confusing at first, but with a little practice, it becomes second nature. Always remember to eject your devices safely to prevent data loss or corruption. Happy computing!