How to Eject USB from Mac

It’s important to know how to safely eject a USB from a Mac in order to avoid corrupting the data you’ve saved to the drive.

Although we can often be in a hurry, it’s vital to know how to safely remove a USB from a Mac to preserve your saved data on the external drive. Luckily, there are a few different ways to eject a USB drive from your Mac. We’ll go over three quick and easy ways to disconnect a USB below.

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Eject USB on Mac with Finder

To safely remove a USB flash drive from a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac from Finder:

  1. Open Finder.

  2. Scroll down to Locations in the side navigation.

  3. Click the Eject button right next to the drive name.

How to Eject USB from Mac Using Key Commands

To eject a USB on Mac with key commands:

  1. Make sure the USB window is open, or you have selected the drive you want to eject.

  2. press the Command + E keys at the same time and the USB will automatically eject.

Safely Eject USB on a Mac by Right-Clicking

If, for any reason, the eject button on Finder is not working, you can also eject a USB drive with a right-click (or control-click).

  1. Right-click or control-click on the drive you want to eject.

  2. Select Eject.

These are probably the three simplest and quickest ways to safely eject a USB flash drive from a Mac computer. While going through these steps can sometimes feel like a hassle, it's worth it to protect your files from being lost or corrupted. For more tips and tricks on how to use your Mac, sign up for our Tip of the Day!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple enthusiast. Before graduating in the spring of 2021 with her Master’s degree in Literature, specializing in early 20th-century American and British Modernism, she was a college writing tutor and University English professor. Her latest piece, "Temporizing: Self Portrait" can be found in the Winter '21 edition of New Note Poetry. Although an enthusiastic traveler, you can most often find Rachel curled up under a blanket with a glass of red wine, reading a book with her cat Blue in Charlotte, North Carolina.