How to Speed Up Your Mac
Many people believe that only Windows machines slow down over time. However, Macs are equally as guilty. While your Mac started out as a beautiful, fast Apple box, it will gradually collect files and corrupted data that will bring its performance to a halt. In time, you will watch that spinning beach ball for hours before anything happens on your machine. This can happen overnight as well, and you will need a way to speed up your Mac when it happens.
How Macs Slow Down
Computers slow down for several reasons, but most of the time the culprits are your applications and files. Every app you install taxes your system’s resources, including software updates and upgrades. Even upgrading OS X can slow your computer down. Your apps and files do this by using up your storage space and memory, though they are not your only problem. Your hardware may no longer be adequate for the latest software versions as well.
What’s slowing down your Mac?
How you speed up your Mac depends on what is slowing it down. To know that, you can run the Activity Monitor. The Monitor is in your Utilities folder, and it list everything running on your mac. You can use it to see what is hogging your system’s resources and stop them from within the Monitor as well. You can also find this information from the Console. The Console app in your Utilities folder is a command line that lets you control your ac by issuing commands. It also logs every process, activity, error, and task your computer handles, making it a great diagnostic tool. Regardless of the app, you can use Google on anything you do not recognize.
How to Speed Up Your Mac
Once you know why your Mac slows down, you can start fixing it. Here are several of the ore common solutions for speeding up your Mac.
- Quit open apps you don’t need
You can fix most performance issues by closing your open applications. Just note that some will remain open after your close their windows. To close them, you must select Quit from their application menu.
- Clean your desktop
OS X treats your desktop icons as separate open windows. Thus, you can speed up your Mac by removing them. You can store them in your Documents folder instead.
- Clear your browser’s cache
Safari fills up with junk much faster than OS X itself. You can clear its cache to give your Mac a speed boost.
- Close Unneeded Dashboard Widgets
Dashboard apps make life convenient, but they also take up memory and resources.
- Remove Login Items
You can stop things from starting on Login if your Mac is slow to boot.
- Run Software Updates
You can often improve system performance by installing software updates. Apple and other developers find new ways to speed up their applications all the time.
- Restart your Mac
If all else fails, your Mac might just need a good reboot. Restarting your Mac clears all caches while it completely empties the memory.
- Upgrade Your Hardware
You should always try software solutions first, but, if it that does not work, you should check your hardware. You must upgrade and replace your Mac’s components to resolve hardware performance issues. However, you need to check if you can make those upgrades first. Apple is notorious for not allowing you to upgrade their hardware without voiding your warranty. Either way, you should check the memory first. Memory is the easiest hardware to replace and upgrade, and it is usually the cause of your problems.
If you cannot upgrade the memory, then you should upgrade the hard drive to a solid-state drive. Hard drives are just magnetic platters stacked up around a rotating spindle with a small reading needle. Any of these parts can fail and break down, reducing system performance in the process. On the other hand, solid-state drives have no moving parts that can break down and slow down your system.
Computer performance issues have simple causes, and even simpler solutions. You can do most of them on your own as well. Regardless of your solution, you should have your Mac back to peak performance in no time.
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