If you find that your Mac slows down unusually, you can utilize the following 18 tips exposed in this article to speed up your Mac system.
Although Mac earns a lot of kudos due to its much higher performance, it still can slow down too. Therefore, when you find that your Mac behaves pretty slowly, do not panic. There are multiple means which can speed it up to a great extent. Thus, here we will unveil the 18 most effective ones, as follows.
1. Free up more Mac drive space
All the Mac data is stored in the hard drive. So, if your Mac hard drive is stuffed, in other words, no sufficient free space in the hard drive, your Mac will definitely perform poorly. Therefore, it is advisable to clean up the Mac hard drive on a regular basis.
2. Fix disk issues by disk utility
Moreover, your disk can suffer serious problems, such as too much bad sectors. In this case, not only will you encounter data corruption like corrupt PST file, but also your Mac will slow down remarkably. Fortunately, Mac comes with a native disk fix tool – Disk Utility. You can use it to repair your disk troubles.
3. Consider using SSD
Compared to the traditional hard disk drive, solid state drive can work far faster. So, if your Mac is using the magnetic hard disk drive, you can consider changing to use solid state drive.
4. Reduce the startup apps
Many apps are so smart that they will auto add themselves in startup items when you install them on your Mac. As you know, too many startup apps will result in slow Mac boot. Thus, check your Mac startup apps and reduce them.
5. Quit unused apps
Perhaps there are many apps running simultaneously. In this case, your Mac will also suffer slow performance. Therefore, you should build the habit of quitting the programs as soon as you don’t need to run them anymore.
6. Check Activity Monitor
As many programs may work in the background, you could not find out them. In this case, you can make use of the inbuilt tool – Activity Monitor, which is same as Task Manager on Windows-based computers. Via it, you can find out and stop the programs that are running stealthily.
7. Keep web browser slim
Heavily loaded web browser can be another serious culprit. Therefore, you can check if there are too many tabs or windows which open in the browser at the same time. You should close the useless tabs to keep the web browser as slim as possible.
8. Disable useless app add-ins
In addition, there are many third party programs which will auto add and enable their own add-ins on your Mac, which will surely affect Mac performance. Hence, you should disable the unnecessary add-ins.
9. Keep apps updated
Supposing that apps on your Mac are out-of-date, not only the apps themselves will not function normally, but also this will make great negative impact on Mac. Therefore, you have to ensure that the apps are the latest ones.
10. Keep desktop clean
Any files and folders on the desktop must require some memory to display. Thus, if your desktop is messed with too many items, Mac will be requested to allocate more memory to the Desktop. Hence, you should keep the Mac desktop clean and moving the items which are not frequently used out of desktop.
11. Scan Mac via antivirus software regularly
Nowadays, virus and malware have become serious threats. Once your Mac gets virus or malware infected, your Mac performance will be influenced greatly. So, you have to scan and check your Mac by antivirus software on a periodical basis.
12. Disable unused Widgets
If you have multiple enabled widgets on the dashboard of your Mac, it will take up more RAM. Therefore, you had better disable the unused widgets to remove them from the dashboard, which will speed up your Mac greatly.
13. Restart Mac after great changes
Restarting can freshen up your Mac in some degrees. Therefore, after you do any great changes or operations on your Mac, such as disk repair, software upgrading, cache clear and so on, you are better off restarting your Mac right away.
14. Reduce transparency and animations
If your Mac is a bit older, transparency and animations will give hard work on the graphics hardware. Therefore, it’s worthy of trying to reduce them. You can go to “System Preferences” > “Accessibility” and enable “Reduce transparency”. As for the animations, you can enable “Scale effect” instead of “Genie effect”.
15. Keep your Mac operating system updated
Assuming Mac operating system is outdated, the Mac will certainly malfunction. So you have to keep your Mac operating system updated. Not only will it speed up your Mac, but also it can get rid of the vulnerabilities of old operating system.
16. Clean various caches
As we all know, programs working will generate various caches. Too many caches will surely negatively affect Mac working speed. Therefore, you should clean the caches at regular intervals.
17. Upgrade Random Access Memory (RAM)
When a computer runs out of RAM, it will cause significantly slow performance. Increasing RAM is frequently one of the most cost-effect ways to speed up a sluggish computer, no matter the Windows-based PC or Mac.
18. Reset Mac System Management Controller (SMC)
Resetting SMC is able to fix various system issues on a Mac, ranging from slow performance to hardware troubles. Many users mistakenly think that it will wipe their data. But in reality, it won’t. It is simply a lower-level reboot of your Mac.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including SQL Server repair and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com