No matter how expensive your Mac laptop or desktop may be initially, with time its productivity can decrease. Long work sessions without shutdowns, frequent usage of several software simultaneously, overfilled hard drives, outdated or damaged details, viruses, and other improper device utilization situations can slow down the performance of your Mac.
There are many methods to speed up your Mac that can be easily implemented by even inexperienced users. They require working with data and operating processes, so make sure to create backup of important files to avoid the entire or partial loss of your content. Browse through these simple tips on how to discover the reason for the device slowdown and how to rectify them.
Use a default utility Activity Monitor to find out how running applications and the operating system consume your hardware capacity. Examine your real-time device performance. To implement that minimize Update Frequency and mark All Processes in the app View menu.
Activity Monitor provides assessment for various processes performance resources reflected on the self-titled tabs.
- Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Detect fore- and background operations that eat up a significant part of the processor output. Decrease their number by stopping unimportant ones. If the report doesn’t display such processes and the idle is close to zero it’s a sign that CPU doesn’t fulfill software or OS requirements due to its old or insufficient features.
- Random Access Memory (RAM or Memory)
Review your RAM performance via the colored graph. Red and yellow ranges represent the presence of high pressure. Lower it by diminishing the running processes quantity. Verify that Swap Used metrics is around zero. That will show that the system has sufficient RAM volume and doesn’t need to employ a hard drive to increase it.
The other possibility to empty your RAM is simply to restart your Mac. Estimate if a lot of time is needed for startup. This fact can indicate that internal or OS issues exist.
At times your Mac may act in a strange way and slows down. This can also include incorrect behavior of keyboard backlight. Restart the system and if doesn’t get solved, reset the parameter RAM (PRAM) and system management controller (SMC).
Follow these steps to reset the SMC:
- Turn off your Mac
- Press the power button along with Shift + Control + Option and hold for 10 seconds
- Press power button
The PRAM can be reset using the following steps:
- Turn off the system
- Press power button
- Press and hold the buttons Command + Option + P + Are
- Keep holding until the system restarts
Then release all the keys. These resets can help in speeding up you Mac.
- Battery (Energy)
Examine how removable power source capacity is allocated when the battery-supplied device is operating without the connection to a power socket.
- Drives (Disk)
Distinguish intense operations by estimating all written and read Mac content. Reconsider and reorganize personal data and get rid of the excess of all cache types except files with unfamiliar functions to avoid critical failures. To handle the cleaning properly apply special third-party software.
Cache files contain temporary data required for speeding up your Mac’s processes. It is ironic that these same files stack up over time and can slow down the system by consuming storage space. Use the following steps to clean the system cache files on your MacBook.
- Close all the open programs that you can
- Click on the ‘desktop’ image and open Finder
- Click on ‘go’ from the drop-down menu
- Click on ‘go to folder’
- A text box appears. Enter the following into the box ~/Library/
- Click on ‘go’ (a blue button)
- The Library folder is opened
- Locate the folder ‘caches’
- Double click on the ‘caches’ folder
- Click on a folder within the ‘caches’ folder
- Press Command + A to select the contents of the ‘caches’ folder
- Click on ‘edit’ menu at the top
- Click on ‘move items to trash’
This should delete the contents of the ‘caches’ folder and clean your system cache.
Audit what amount of data is downloaded and sent daily by the applications that use the Internet connection. To accelerate Web surfing and ultimate Mac performance limit the data flow, clear up your browser by removing or disabling unnecessary extensions, evaluate the actual network speed and on occasions of fails contact your provider or consider restarting or changing Wi-Fi access points.
Browsers and mail applications can prove to be big factors in slowing down your Mac. Open the Activity Monitor and check the processes running and using CPU when Safari is open. Most often the pages open in the browser run unwanted scripts and consume a lot of CPU. One way to control this is by reducing how many active extensions you have. The other way is to close the browser if you are not using it. You should also open only the required websites (tabs) at a given time.
Regularly update OS and don’t overload it
A renewed edition of the operating system isn’t just a developers’ whim. It contains updated or entirely new features that will ensure the compatibility with various software. Problems with novel OS versions can be caused by the startup disk permissions crash that can be repaired by launching the corresponding process in First Aid tab in Disk Utility window.
Decrease the number of software that launches with OS. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > your Username and open Login Items section to get rid of unnecessary apps. Additionally, ensure that your desktop and preference panel doesn’t look like messed-up data storage since their icons require regular rendering, and disable or minimize excessive animations and visual effects.
How to Turn Off Visual Effects?
As mentioned above, you can speed up your Mac if you turn of certain unwanted visual effects. Visual effects look great, but they are of no use if they slow down your system. All you have to do is to turn off a few features by following these steps:
- Click on ‘system preference’
- Open ‘dock’
- Uncheck the boxes against – ‘animate opening applications’ and ‘automatically hide and show the dock’
- Click ‘minimize windows using’
- Switch from ‘genie effect’ to ‘scale effect’
A recent update to the OS means that Spotlight can cause a drag due to indexing. It shouldn’t, however, take more than a few hours. Then there are times when the indexing can get stuck and your Mac can slow down. Use the following steps to re-index Spotlight.
- Open ‘system preferences’
- Click on ‘spotlight’
- Click on ‘privacy’
- Look for hard drive in Finder and drag it into Privacy List
- Then click on the ‘-’ sign to remove the hard drive
This will restart indexing and the process can take a few hours before the system returns to its normal speed.
Delete Apps from iTunes
iTunes keeps collecting apps installed on your system. This means that there can be many apps that you are no longer using. The Reduce Clutter section allows you to delete these unwanted apps. It is recommended to delete such apps from within iTunes for better control. This is a manual task, but it can make a huge difference to your Mac’s performance.
Keep a Tab on the Mail App
If you receive lots of emails every day, it can mean that your Mail can get collect thousands of messages in a short time. If you continue to use the same accounts for years, the Mail app is going to have some effect on your Mac’s performance. So follow these steps regularly to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your system’s speed:
- Delete all unwanted mails including spams. Make sure the deleted items box is regularly emptied.
- There is an option of ‘rebuild’ inside ‘mailbox’. Use it from time to time.
- It is also recommended to re-index your mail at intervals.
Check out Mac hardware and modernize it
Opt for a default test by pushing D on your keyboard immediately after the startup pip until the tool icon will appear or external monitoring utilities. To verify and fully or partly fix the hard drive specifically open Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility and apply First Aid to your Mac HD. If the process is successfully completed the confirmation message occur, and S.M.A.R.T. status in the delivered report will be Verified.
Restart the System
Sometimes your system is slowing down because a program is not running properly. Restart your Mac and this will close any running program. It also gives you the option to save all the files you are working on. The system boots up again and gets refreshed. The restart option is available in the Apple menu button.
If no mentioned solutions including those above works for you, try to check the following guide – https://macpaw.com/how-to/speed-up-mac. Hope it will help with the situation. You can also bring your Mac to the authorized service center for thorough testing. They will advise whether the hardware repair or replacement is required and can perform that. You can also consult about the possibility of upgrading the Mac components to cutting-edge ones.
Take care of your device. Don’t wait until fatal failures will occur. Be aware, employ Mac properly, and prevent problems.