Any Mac can hit a slowdown for some reason, whether it’s old or brand new. The common symptoms are:
- Your apps stopped responding;
- Startup takes a long time;
- Browser doesn’t run smoothly;
- Videos are lagging.
If you’re faced with any of these problems, something is definitely wrong, either with your system or Internet connection. So, as your first step, you may want to check if your router functions properly. Try resetting it or join a different Wi-Fi network. If that didn’t rectify the issue, then read on to find out what might be wrong with your system. In this post, we have described a handful of steps you can take to bring your Mack back to speed. Let’s dive in!
Purge unneeded files, documents, and apps
A clean Mac is a fast Mac. A deluge of files on your disk takes up unnecessary storage space, which in many cases leads to slowing your system down. Cleaning up the files you don’t need can resolve this issue. So, take time to review your Downloads folder and desktop and delete files you don’t need. You can easily manage your files and apps on your Mac using Finder.
End resource-consuming processes
If your Mac is slow, it can be due to hefty processes running under the hood of your computer. You can track those using Activity Monitor, a handy tool that shows all active processes. To access this tool, head to Applications – Utilities – Activity Monitor.
First, take a look at the CPU tab. It gives a hint of what processes take up lots of CPU and can slow your Mac down. Do you see anything that uses 5%-10% of CPU? Those are the processes you need to quit. Importantly, steer clear of system-related ones.
Next, you can check the Energy tab that shows apps with high energy consumption. Take a mental note to launch those power-demanding apps only when you need them.
Better yet, if an app tops the list of your most resource-hungry apps, you should quit it to speed your Mac up immediately or even remove it altogether, in case you never use it.
Speed up the startup process
Reducing the programs that launch as your Mac boots up is a good solution to speed up your device and keep unnecessary processes from running in the background. To do that, go to Apple Menu – System Settings – Users & Groups. Then, click the Login Items tab and find processes you don’t need to start immediately after you boot up. To disable those, you need to check off the box and enter your password to apply the changes. That’s it!
Reduce visual effects
macOS boasts a wealth of visually appealing effects that can take a toll on older devices’ performance. To make your Mac faster, you can turn off those effects and animations quickly. To do this, go to the Apple menu – System Preferences – Accessibility – Display and check the Reduce Motion check box. That’s it!
Finally, update macOS
With each new software version, developers focus on optimizing resources that can help make your Mac faster. Read up the software reviews for newer macOS versions like Catalina on the Internet. Keep your OS up-to-date and enable the option of automatic updates. To check for operating system updates, tap the Apple icon – System Preferences – Software Update. From there, you can update macOS to speed up performance if an update is available. Good luck!