16 Apr How to Speed Up Your Mac Without Spending a Cent
We all know how frustrating it feels to have a slow Mac. No matter how smoothly the MacBook or iMac performed at first, over time it will inevitably start slowing down. What can you do if your Mac is running slow? Before we can talk about the solution, we need to first understand what could be causing the problem.
Why is my Mac running slow?
- The hardware of a computer, just like a human being, ages with time. The more you use it, the slower it is likely to get. Regarding this issue, you need to pay attention to things like CPU usage.
- An outdated operating system is also a likely cause. If the OS is infected with viruses, it will almost always have a huge impact on performance, too.
- Last but not least, your Mac might be running slow because there isn’t enough available storage space.
Fortunately, we have solutions for all the above problems! Keep on reading to learn more!
How to speed up my Mac?
1. Monitor performance using Activity Monitor
You can also use Activity Monitor to see which apps are using up your system’s resources the most. Here’s what to do:
- Open Activity Monitor (Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor).
- In the top-left corner, click on View > Windowed Processes. This shows all the apps that are currently open on your Mac.
- Click on CPU along the top of Activity Monitor and then the % CPU column to list all active apps by the amount of CPU power they are using.
- If you see any apps using up a lot of your CPU’s resources, you should consider stopping their processes.
To stop a process, select it, click on the Stop icon () in Activity Monitor, and then in the window that appears select Quit.
You can also use Activity Monitor to manage the processes that are using up the most memory, energy, disk space, and network bandwidth.
2. Manage your startup apps
When your Mac boots up, it may run a lot of unnecessary apps that are slowing it down. As a result, cleaning up the startup programs may help speed it up dramatically! Here’s how to do so:
- Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.
- Click on your username.
- Click on Login Items.
- Select the checkbox in the Hide column next to every app you want to hide when you log in.
3. Turn off visual effects
You might prefer to turn off some unnecessary visual effects that may be slowing down your Mac.
To do so, go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar, and ensure the following boxes are unchecked:
- Animate opening applications
- Automatically hide and show the Dock
- Automatically hide and show the menu bar
Also, set the “Minimize windows using” setting to Scale effect.
4. Clean up your desktop
The Desktop may be the most convenient place to store files, but if it’s full of too many items, it will definitely be detrimental to your Mac’s performance. Simply deleting the files that you no longer need or moving them all into a single folder is an easy fix!
5. Update your software (and set it to auto-update)
To make sure things are always running as quickly as possible, you should continually ensure that macOS and all the programs installed on your Mac are fully updated.
To check for macOS updates, click the Apple icon > System Preferences > Software Update. If an update is available, click Update Now. To ensure macOS updates automatically, check the box next to Automatically keep my Mac up to date.
To update apps downloaded from the App Store, click the Apple icon > App Store. You can either update each app separately or all at once by clicking Update All.
To set App Store apps to automatically update, with the App Store still open, choose App Store from the menu bar at the top of the screen > Preferences and select the checkbox next to Automatic Updates.
For apps not downloaded from the App Store, you will need to update those individually. There will almost always be an option titled “Check for updates” (or something very similar) in each app’s context menu.
6. Scan for malware and viruses
Although macOS is relatively safe compared to other operating systems, malware and viruses can still attack your computer and cause problems for the system – potentially slowing it down greatly. To avoid this happening, it’s essential to have a robust antivirus program such as Antivirus One. The security app offers live antivirus monitoring, ensuring that your Mac is always protected.
7. Remove unused apps
Just like documents and other files, apps also take up storage on your Mac. You can use Finder to uninstall apps you don’t use anymore and reclaim the storage space and speed up your Mac:
- Go to Finder > Applications.
- Select the apps you don’t want and move them to Trash (you can do this by pressing Command + Delete on your keyboard).
- Empty the Trash to permanently remove the apps.
8. Clean up your hard drive with Cleaner One Pro
Cleaning your hard drive is by far the best and easiest way to speed up your Mac. Cleaner One Pro can go through your entire hard drive and clean out everything that’s slowing it down! Caches, logs, old apps, widgets, language packs, plugins, hidden trash, and unused large files. Whatever it is that’s bogging it down, Cleaner One Pro can get rid of it and greatly speed up your Mac!
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