“How Speed Up macOS? Fix Mac Slow Startup and More”
Are you fed up of your slow mac? Is your mac running slow? Like every other computer, your mac will also get slower by the bit of the time and that is normal. Questions might arise in your mind like how to speed up my mac? Why is my mac so slow? Should I use any kind of mac cleaner/optimizer? Is there any way to speed up my mac?
Well, the answer is yes! There are many ways to boost up your mac and it will feel like a brand new mac. There is no need to buy a brand new mac, your old mac is enough to get your work done. Now, you and I can speed up mac by using these simple and easy tricks. A trick like this will fix the problems of macs slow startup, overheating, application/browser crashing and poor performance. After applying these steps, you can see the improvement of your mac’s performance. And in the end, you will have a reason to put a smile on your face because it will solve the problem of your mac running slow for sure! The solution for you mac running slow is written in very short and easy words as below.
1) Use any optimizer or anti-virus
The first and easy step is to use any of optimizers. The optimizers will increase your macs speed and will also protect your mac from malware, extra caches, and junk files. Most of the time some caches and junk files are not deleted able. They can be deleted only with the help of any optimizers. Malware and virus can make your computer buggy and slow deleting the virus in your computer with anti-virus can boost that up. Click here to know which one is the best optimizer for you.
2) Startup apps
For slow macs startup, follow this step. Shutting down apps like iCloud and many of those other apps will help you to speed up your mac. iCloud will synchronize each and every time your mac starts, so turn it off. You don’t have to wait for all the apps in your mac to start, just use all those apps which are needed.
If you are restarting your mac and your mac is not getting faster than there is a problem. The problem is that you have too many startup apps. It means each time you start your mac the entire list of apps in your mac will start running. Applications like calendar, iTunes, FaceTime and more will start synchronizing and performing with each restart. Disabling all those useless apps will help your mac to start faster and smoother. How to fix it?
Step1: Click on the apple icon on the top left corner of the screen
Step2: Click on system preferences
Step3: Find users and groups
Step4: Click on the Login button
Step5: Click on the app you want to close and press the – (minus) button
3) Uninstall apps and extensions
This is one of the most obvious but ignored one. Deleting apps and extensions will improve your mac performance highly. We all know there are apps in our system who are installed but after a few uses, they are not used anymore. The reason behind that is either you have installed another app to do that certain task or you have forgotten about that app. These kinds of apps will slow down your computer and will also cover up space in your hard drive. Uninstalling all those useless applications will optimizer your mac.
Step1: Click on Finder and then GO
Step2: Click on Applications
Step3: Open Applications and right click on useless app and move to trash
Minimizing extensions from the browsers will also improve your mac’s speed. To delete the extensions, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Click on Safari browser and click on Preferences
Step 2: Choose extensions in your preferences
Step 3: Click on extensions and uninstall that.
Uninstall all those useless applications present in your mac. Delete all those applications you don’t need anymore. Deleting them will clean chunk of data from your hard-drive and will make your mac faster.
4) Activity monitor
Go to the activity and observe which app is killing your mac. Find the app running the background with high usage of ram and processor. Sometime when you close the apps that app will be minimized nor closed. If you have ever used windows you will be familiar with skypes is having the same problem. No matter how much you will close the window the app will work in the background. So, close all those useless apps in the background to speed up your mac.
Give special attention to the apps, who are high in the usage of CPU. By stopping all those applications, you can increase your mac speed by numbers. To quite apps in activity, monitor follows these steps. You cannot stop applications running in the background by just clicking on “X”. To stop the apps running in the background follow these steps.
Step1: Open the activity monitor
Step2: Click on the app you want to stop
Step3: Then Click on the X button on the top left corner
Step4: Type yes for the response of pop-up window
Step5: Quit the app
5) Free up space on your hard drive
A full hard drive means slow hard drive. After the partition, you have many drivers. Specifically, there is a driver used for only mac/widows (in windows) for system files. If that drive is full then you have to clean that up. You drive can be full due to files, movies, photos, and email attachments.
You can optimize it by deleting your files in the trash bin or move the files on your desktops. Or by just following these easy steps:
Step 1: Choose “about this mac”
Step 2: Click on manage button to see the recommendations.
Step 3: Click on the optimize
ways optimize your hard drives by go to setting and click on repair disk management and your disk will start working better.
6) Make sure you are up to date
Yeah, it looks a bit awkward, updating means adding new features. Now, you may ask but you have told me above to uninstall useless apps to optimize my mac. Yeah updates mean new features but most of the times, updates will speed up your macs speed. A new mac with an old version of Mac OS will work slower as compared to an old mac with an updated version of the operating system.
Step1: Click on the menu bar
Step2: Choose software update
7) Visual effect
If your mac is slow you can speed it up by disabling your visual effects. Go to “dock” and change genie effect into scale effect, turn off the animation on opening app option off. These kinds of simple tasks can speed up mac.
Step1: Go to System Preferences
Step2: Open Dock
Step3: Uncheck the check boxes.
You should uncheck boxes like Magnification, Animate opening applications, automatically hide and show the dock. You should also reduce the transparency effects on tabs. To reduce the effect, follow the steps.
Setting> Accessibility> Display> Check reduce transparency.
8) Remove things from desktop
Check out your browsers extensions/add-ons. Deleting all those useless extensions will make your browser heavier and slower, which in the end will make your mac slower.
You should also remove icons from your desktops. Remember that each icon on your mac screen means it is a way to cover your ram. So, move all those icons from your screen to make a faster startup.
9) Clean the caches
Caches are like a map for your computer to run faster, but having lots of old and useless caches will put a huge burden on your mac. Clean it before it gets more in number, you clean your caches by restarting your mac. Most of the time due to the efficiency of mac, we don’t shut it down. We either keep it on all the time or hibernate it. Simple work like restarting can clear your macs caches and also boosts your macs speed. The caches can also be deleted/cleared by doing it personally without using any application.
How do I free disk space on my mac?
Step1: Open the Finder windows
Step2: Select Go in the menu bar
Step3: Click on “Go to folder”and type “˜/library/caches”
Here you should find all the folders who are taking up most of the space in your hard disk. Find those folders and delete them all.
Step4: Click on the “Go to folder” and type “/library/caches” Again find the heaviest folder and delete them.
10) Add extra hardware
Remember before any kind of hardware changes, first of all consult any professional. Or else, you will face some though time.
- Change your HHD into SSD. You can speed up your mac by changing your HHD (Hybrid Hard Drive) into SSD (Solid State Drive). Open the bottom of your mac and change your old HHD into new SSD.
- Adding more ram will speed up your slow mac for sure.