Tips to Speed up Your Mac

Posted on April 10th, 2017

Don’t get me wrong, I love my MacBook. My Mac has gotten me through some tough times over the years, and she has always been by my side. However, lately she has been running slower than a sloth and the spinning ball pops up more often than it doesn’t. So if your mac is like min, here are some tips to get you started.

 

Disclaimer: Before you start, you should back everything up just to be safe. Mac has the great Time Machine feature. So all you have to do is plug in a hard drive and run Time Machine and presto!

 

Clean your Mac’s hard drive. Sometimes, all your Mac needs is a data clean-up. If you’re like me, you’ve had your Mac for years, and you’ve probably cluttered it up with files and applications that you just don’t use anymore. So clean that stuff up. Start with uninstalling old
Mac apps that you literally can’t even remember installing. Move these to the trash, and make sure when you are done that you empty the trash too. Find out what apps are using the most resources, and then ask yourself if you really need them. Firefox, for instance, generally takes us more CPU resources and more than triple the memory resources than Chrome. To be honest, this is probably going to be a long process. But hey, anything to get your computer running faster, am I right?

 

Reduce login items. If your Mac takes a long time to boot up, the problem might just be that there are too many applications that are trying to open up as soon as you start up the computer. You might not even know that they are launching, so you should probably change that. Just go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and then click on the Login Items tab to see all the apps that are opening as soon as you start up your computer, and get rid of all the ones you don’t want to be there.

 

Keep current with OS X. I will keep saying this until the day I die. Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade. There is no reason not to stay current with the operating systems. They update for a reason, and they are free. New versions of OS X contain performance enhancements and security improvements to keep your laptop running smoothly. So stop avoiding them like the plague. Please. Check in with the updates tab, and don’t ignore the notification all the time that tells you when there is an update ready to install.

 

Resources:

 

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/five-tips-to-speed-up-your-mac/