7 Steps to Take to Speed Up Your Mac

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Did you know that the average person will spend over 30 years of their life looking at screens?

This is an astounding figure, but one that makes sense when you consider that many careers now require screentime. Not to mention, we’re spending more and more of our free time with screens.

Needless to say, your computer gets a lot of use. And a slow computer can both disrupt your workflow and make free time less enjoyable.

If you’ve noticed that your computer isn’t running at peak performance, don’t panic! There are simple steps you can take to speed up your Mac.

Read on to learn how to repair a slow MacBook and get the most out of your computer.

#1 Keep Your Mac Updated

The first step is also one of the most important. One of the benefits of investing in a Mac computer is that it comes with free updates for life. It doesn’t make sense not to take advantage of such a perk, but many people do.

If you’ve been neglecting your updates, it’s time to tackle them. Luckily, all it takes is a few clicks of the mouse, and your computer will do the rest of the work. Be sure to update your computer as well as any apps that have updates available.

#2 Disable Demanding Processes

A brand new computer can handle a lot, but if you’ve had your computer for a few years, it becomes more and more difficult to handle heavy loads. An overheating or slow Apple computer can mean that you’re placing too much of a demand on the system.

To determine which, if any, processes are a bit too resource-hungry, all you have to do is look at your CPU usage. This can be found by clicking “Go” on your system bar and then going to your activity monitor under the “Utilities” tab.

If possible, close anything that’s taking up more than 5-10% of your CPU time, especially if they’re background applications that you aren’t using.

#3 Clean up Your Hard Drive

Next, it’s time to clean up your hard drive. This will likely be the most time-consuming step, as you can’t just click a button and walk away as you did with the updates. If your hard drive is close to maximum capacity, you’ll find that your Mac slowed down with the strain.

Go through each of your files, find duplicates, and delete any items that you no longer need. Don’t feel that you have to delete work files and other things you could need in the future, but be as meticulous as possible with your cleaning.

#4 Free up Temporary Storage

After you’ve cleared out unnecessary files and folders, you should move on to temporary storage. This is also known as your computer’s cache, which is essentially a record of everything you’ve touched within your computer.

As these files accumulate over time, they can create a slow MacBook. For the best results, clean out your user cache, applications cache, and browser cache.

#5 Manage Startup Programs

Startup programs are those that open automatically when your Mac is turned on. There’s nothing wrong with having a few startup items, but too many will reduce your Mac’s battery life and cause drag by consuming processing power.

To speed up your Apple computer, you need to reduce the number of startup items. These can be found in your System Preferences under Login Items. Go through the list and remove anything that doesn’t need to be started every time you boot up your computer.

#6 Uninstall Unused Apps

Right behind lifetime updates in the list of Mac benefits is the App Store. There’s an app for everything and the list continues to grow all the time. That said, as with anything, you can always have too much of a good thing.

Too many apps can bog down your computer by consuming available free space. Go to the Applications folder in your Finder and be honest with yourself about which ones you actually use. Those that haven’t been touched in a while should be deleted.

The same goes for your browser extensions. One too many browser extensions can do more damage to the speed of your computer than you might think!

#7 Shutdown and Restart Often

How many times a week do you shut your computer at night without truly shutting it down and open it the next morning to continue where you left off? Doing this now and then is fine, but doing it every day is one of the worst things you can do to your computer.

Proper Apple computer maintenance means allowing your computer to rest. The sleep feature is great, but the demand on your system isn’t gone, it’s just decreased. Give your computer the rest it needs by shutting it down or restarting it often.

By shutting your computer down instead of closing the lid and walking away at night, you can dramatically reduce the strain on its processors, hard drives, apps, and software. You’ll speed up your Apple computer and prolong its life!

Speed up Your Mac to Get More Out of Your Computer

Depending on the level of care you’ve shown your computer until now, it might take an entire day to go through all the steps necessary to speed up your Mac. It can be a hassle, but it’s worth the effort! Once you’ve gone through the process outlined here, you’ll find that your computer runs much faster.

From here, the trick is regular maintenance. Taking small steps every day to maintain your hard work will prevent you from going through this process again in the future.

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