I’ll be showing you ten easy ways to speed up your Mac or MacBook. These methods should work on any Mac or MacBook running macOS. We’ll be focusing on simple and easy techniques in this article, so hopefully, you can notice a performance boost on your Mac before too long.
You shouldn’t need to perform all of the steps to improve your Mac’s speed, so feel free to skip some if you want. Let’s get into the methods. We will first try removing unnecessary files and freeing up space on your Mac or MacBook.
If your drive is close to or at capacity, you will likely notice a drop in performance. This will be most noticeable
when using programs that require a lot of access to the drive, such as video editing.
There are many ways to free up space on your Mac or MacBook. I will have a separate video coming up with ten different methods. A clever way to try would be to exclude programs you don’t use.
You can achieve this by proceeding to the Applications folder using spotlight search and then finding something you don’t use and then right-click or control-click on it and select move to trash or bin. Remember to empty the bin or trash occasionally; this is also another way to free up space. A final quick way to free up the area would be to remove any photos or videos you don’t need; you could alternatively send them to the cloud if you don’t want to delete them.
Let’s move onto method two.
The second way to speed up your Mac is to close unnecessary apps or programs when you aren’t using them. If you see the small circle below the app on the dock at the bottom of the screen, it means that the app isn’t fully closed. Would you please make sure you fully complete an app to prevent it from using the resources of your Mac?
To ensure an app is fully closed, open it and first make sure any work is saved. We can also use the keyboard shortcut of Command
and the Q key to close it entirely. You may need to hold down this key combination on certain apps for it to complete. Let’s move onto the following method.
The third method is quite similar to the last one. However, we will check which apps and programs use most of your Mac’s resources, such as processing power or RAM usage.
This will allow us to identify the apps and programs that are affecting performance the most. To do this, open up the activity monitor. You can do this by pressing CommandCommand and the
spacebar and then by searching for the activity monitor. Within the activity monitor, look in the CPU tab and the memory tab.
The percentage on the left in the CPU tab will tell you a lot about the apps processor usage. If you notice any apps that you aren’t using or can do without temporarily, you close them entirely using the method mentioned in the last tip. If there
are programs or processes that you don’t recognize, it’s probably best to leave them alone can do the same in the memory tab by looking for high amounts in the memory column.
Let’s move onto method four. This method is to stop some apps from running automatically when you start your Mac or MacBook. These apps might run in the background and use up the resources.
To stop apps from starting automatically when you start your Mac or MacBook,
First, go to system preferences. You can reach there by ticking on the apple icon in the top left and choosing system preferences from the list. Within system preferences,
Click on users and groups.
It should be somewhere on the second row. Here, select your profile from the list on the left. Now go to the login items tab; it will probably be next to the password tab. You should now see the list of applications that will run automatically when you start your Mac or MacBook.
To stop a program from running at startup, select it here by clicking on it once and clicking on the minus icon. You can always add it again in the future by clicking on the plus icon and then navigating to where it is stored on your Mac. This will likely be the applications folder. We’ll now move onto method five. Method five is to reduce some of the visual settings and effects.
This one might only be necessary if your Mac is ancient and slow. However, it’s worth trying anyway. To change the visual settings and effects, first, go to system preferences. You can get there by clicking on the apple icon in the top left and choosing system preferences from the list. Within system preferences, click on the dock and menu bar.
It should be on the top row. First, make sure that the dock and menu bar is selected on the left side. Now there should be a list of settings on the right; these are the checkboxes. To help improve the performance of your Mac by reducing the number of visual effects, uncheck the boxes called, animate opening applications and automatically hide and show the dock.
You can also change the option above the checkboxes to scale impact if it isn’t already. Let’s move onto the following method.
The sixth method is excellent and straightforward to do. All it is is to make sure that your desktop screen is as clean and tidy as it can be. If you have a cluttered desktop with lots of apps and folders, it’s possible that it can slow down your device as it has to
use more resources. Hopefully, remove as many things as you can from the desktop that you don’t need to see a performance increase.
We’ll now move onto method seven.
The following method is to change some of the storage settings on your Mac or MacBook. These settings are built into macOS to try and help free up space and increase performance. To do this,
first head to the Apple icon in the top left and clicked on that. This time click on about this Mac from the list. It should be at the top. In here, go to the storage tab.
Now click on manage in the right of the window. Here, you should notice a few options on the right. You can pick and choose which options to run; for example, you can optimize your storage
space or set it to empty the bin automatically.
Let’s move on to the final three methods.
Method eight is to check for and install the latest updates in macOS. If you are running an older version of macOS, there is a chance that some of your apps or programs might have
To check for and install the latest macOS update, go to the Apple logo in the top left and choose About this Mac from the list; it should be at the top. In here, make sure you are in the overview tab if you aren’t already. This is the option that is furthest left. In here, click on where it says software update. This will open another window that will begin searching for a software update. If there is any possible update, click on update now in the top right.
You might want to double-check first to make sure your work is saved before doing this. You can also check the box at the bottom that allows your device to be updated automatically; it’s up to you. Click on update now when you are ready, and then enter your password. You might now need to click on update now again to begin the update. Once you do, your device will shut down and start loading the update automatically.
Allow this to complete, and it may take a while, depending on things like your internet connection.
Let’s move onto the ninth method. The following procedure is to optimize each app that you use. This one depends on the type of programs you are running, so there isn’t a set method; however, look in an app’s settings page and see if you can reduce things like the visual settings.
This will be most likely be available to do in programs like editing software or games. Lowering the settings will speed up your device, not just in the program itself, but it will free up resources for other apps at the same time too.
Let’s move onto the final method.
The last method is another simple one. All it is is to make sure you restart your device every so often. This is probably aimed more
at those of you with MacBooks, but a restart now and then will help keep your machine fresh. Just make sure you save anything you have open before restarting.
Click on the Apple logo in the top left and choose restart from the list to restart your device.
And so those are my ten easy methods to speed up your Mac or MacBook.