Mac is known for its fast processor and smooth speed. However, with time, the device can get slow and the speed can deteriorate as we tend to keep on adding GBs of data to the device and keep on delaying any optimization or cleanup.
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The bottom line is every device whether it is Mac or Windows, it needs to be taken care of from time to time. We have listed some of the best ways to speed up a slow Mac.
1. Keep Your Data Organized/Free Up Disk Space
Keeping your data organized is the first thing to do speed your slow Mac. To check the storage space, click the Apple menu, select “About This Mac,” and look under the “Storage” heading. If you find your Mac loaded, then you have to free up space to make the system run faster. First, sort out the files and delete the unwanted large size files, which will free up the disk space, speeding things a little bit.
2. Clean Up Your Mac With Cleanup My System
The second method would be using a utility tool to help you clean up your hard drive. No other tool can perform this task better than Cleanup My System.
Cleanup My System is an easy-to-use tool and has an intuitive interface. It enables you to clean the system and remove online traces with a single click. It removes the unwanted application from Mac and increases the storage space. Moreover, it also helps you to find the old and large files and saves disk space.
3. List Out The Memory Hogging Processes
Some of the applications running on the system might be the reason of slow and sluggish Mac. So, to monitor and find out the process hogging your device, open Activity Monitor (To open it, Press Command +Spacebar together to open Spotlight, and type Activity Monitor and press Enter)
Once it is up, click on CPU tab to check which applications are using what percentage of CPU.
Sometimes, one application might be using the major part of CPU resulting in slowing your Mac. You need to end that process to speed up the system. To force-quit a process, select it and click the Close(X) button on the toolbar. If you are not sure about the process you are about to end, try to close the application normally.
If this doesn’t work, don’t worry, click the View menu and select All Processes to check all the processes running on your Mac. Hover to the memory section to check a process using a major amount of memory and also check the disk section too as a process using a major part of the disk as these could also cause your Mac to run slow.
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4. Close Applications
While working, we tend to open a lot of applications but sadly we don’t quit or close the apps after using them, so even if we are not working on the application, it would keep running in the background still using CPU and hogging the memory and therefore slowing down your Mac.
So, always remember to close the apps after you are done with them. To check what apps are open, look for the applications marked with a dot on your dock, make a right-click or Ctrl-click on their icons, and select “Quit.”
5. Manage Login Items
Have you ever noticed apps popping up as soon as you startup your Mac? If yes, then they might be one of the reasons why your system is working slow. These are items are listed under your startup programs. To manage them, open System Preferences(Go to Apple icon and select System Preferences). Click the “Users & Groups” icon, select your current user account, and click “Login Items.”
If you want any program to start automatically or remove it from the list, then click the + or – to add or remove startup apps.
6. Reduce Transparency and Animations
All the fancy stuff like Animations on your Mac may please you but removing them might help in making your system run faster. To do so, open the System Preferences(Go to Apple icon and select System Preferences). Click the “Accessibility” icon and click the “Reduce transparency” option to reduce transparencies.
You can also click the “Dock” preferences icon and select “Scale effect” instead of “Genie effect” speeding the window minimizing animation.
7. Lighten Your Web Browser
Your web browser might be making your Mac slow. So, to speed up your slow Mac, try to reduce the number of browser extensions and open fewer tabs at once to save CPU and memory resources. Moreover, try to use native browser app, Safari as it also good for your battery power.
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8. Disable FileVault Disk Encryption
FileVault disk encryption is a good feature to enable as with the feature enabled if your Mac is ever stolen, nobody would be able to access the files on it. Moreover, it doesn’t allow people to change the login password on your Mac. But, enabling this feature might have a downside, as it may cause a slow sign in or boot issue on some systems.
To disable the feature, go to System preferences(Go to Apple icon and select System Preferences), on System Preferences pane, click Security & Privacy icon. Go to FileVault tab and turn it off.
Note: No need to disable FileVault unless your Mac takes a long time to boot or sign in.
9. Increase The Speed Of Finder
Finder helps you to find and organize your files. Every time you open Finder window to view files, the interface opens up with All My Files view. If you have lots n lots of files on your Mac, the interface will take time to load which will slow down finder down whenever you open a new Finder window.
To get rid of this, click the Finder menu and select Preferences. Select your preferred folder under “New Finder Windows Show” which will open the files that you want to view every time you open Finder, making it load faster.
10. Reinstall Mac OS X
If you have already tried all the aforementioned steps and still got a sluggish Mac then it is time to start fresh i.e. reinstalling your Mac OS. Before performing this stunt, it is advised to backup your important data. To reinstall, you need to boot into a special recovery mode, start the installation, and your Mac will download everything needed.
So, these are the best ways to speed up a slow Mac. Try them and let us know what do you think?
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