Here are some simple ways to speed up your Mac for best performance to keep it feeling fresh.
Your Mac doesn’t require much maintenance because Apple strives to make macOS as reliable and easy as possible. Every now and then, though, you might want to treat your Mac with a tune-up to make it run faster and smoother than before.
This could include cleaning up old files, fixing problems with your storage disk, or disabling CPU intensive animations.
If you’re not sure how to set up your Mac, follow the steps below to make your MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, or Mac Pro run better than ever.
Free Up Some Free Space
No matter how much internal storage comes with your Mac, you always want to free up at least 10 percent of it to make sure your Mac runs smoothly.
Open menu Apple and select About This Mac > Storage to find out how much storage you are currently using. It shows you a breakdown of the file types taking up your storage, including System, Documents, Photos and more.
If you don’t have much free space, click Manage to see what you can do.
Check Monitor Activity
Activity Monitor is built into macOS and shows which apps and processes are using your computing power. If your Mac feels like it needs tuning, you can use Activity Monitor to find out which apps are slowing it down.
Launch Activity Monitor from the Utilities folder in your Apps, or by searching for it with Spotlight Cmd + Space.
Then use tab CPU to find the application or process that is using the most of your CPU. You can also use tab Memory to see which apps and processes are using your RAM.
If you find an app or process using more power than it should, highlight it and click the icon Stop Sign to close it. Make sure you only close processes you know to avoid crashing macOS.
Reduce Your Login Items
Is your Mac slow to boot? You may have too many applications open at startup. open System Preferences > Users & Groups and select your user account. Then click the tab Login Items to see a list of everything that launches every time you log in.
Highlight the app you don’t always want to open and click the button minus (-) to delete it. This doesn’t remove apps from your Mac; it just stops launching automatically when you log in.
Run a Malware Scan
Over time, your Mac caches the files of the various apps and websites it uses to load content faster. Unfortunately, this cache can sometimes get so large, 20GB or more in some cases, that it becomes more of a hindrance than a help.
You can safely empty the cache from the folder Library in Finders. Once you do that, some apps may appear slower when your Mac builds up the cache again, but it won’t be long before your Mac will be running better than before.
To clear cache:
- Launch Finder and open options Go from the menu bar.
- Stand Options and click options Library that appears in the menu bar.
- Open folder cache, then move all the contents to Trash.
- If prompted, enter your administrator password, then Empty Trash.
Run First Aid On Your Disk
Even if your Mac appears to be functioning normally, an unnoticeable issue with the storage disk can cause it to slow down when it tries to access your data. You can use the First Aid feature in Disk Utility to easily find and fix most of these problems.
Be aware that running First Aid can take about an hour, and you won’t be able to use your Mac until it’s finished.
To run First Aid on your Mac, launch Disk Utility from folder Utilities in Applications you (or find it with Spotlight). Then select your startup disk in the sidebar; this is usually called Macintosh HD. If there are two options Macintosh HD, choose the one that says Data.
Now click First Aid at the top of Disk Utility to start First Aid.
Disable System Animation
Various animations in macOS can cause problems for older machines with less processing power. If your Mac feels slower than usual, make a quick and easy setup by disabling these unnecessary animations.
open System Preferences > General and change the following settings:
- Change Show scroll bars to Always.
- If available, disable Automatically hide and show the menu bar.
- If available, disable LCD font smoothing.
Now go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar and change these settings:
- Disable Magnification.
- Choose for Minimize windows using Scale effects.
- Disable Animate opening applications.
- Disable Automatically hide and show the Dock.
Finally, open System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and change these settings:
- Choose wallpaper Desktop static, which does not change throughout the day.
- Disable option Change picture.
Speed Up Your Browser
Many Mac users spend most of their computing time using internet browsers. If your Mac feels sluggish, your browser may need a tuning instead.
The exact steps for setting up your browser depend on the browser you are using. But in general, you should aim to:
- Clear history and cookies
- Clear cache
- Disable unnecessary extensions
Spotlight is Apple’s name for the search function on your Mac. If it takes a long time to find anything using Spotlight, you may need to re-index to confirm the location of all your files.
This can take a while and your Mac may slow down on re-indexing, but will find files faster afterwards:
- open System Preferences > Spotlight, then click tab Privacy.
- Use button Add(+) to choose Macintosh HD from the sidebar, telling Spotlight to ignore it.
- Now select Macintosh HD in the list and use the button minus (-) to delete it, tell Spotlight to index it and look it up again.
Update Your App
Outdated software often runs slower than recent updates. This is because Apple and third-party developers are constantly working to optimize the software for your Mac. Make sure you keep everything up to date to improve your Mac with the latest upgrades.
Go to Preferences System Preferences > Software Update to search for new macOS updates. Activate option Automatically keep my Mac up to date to avoid this hassle in the future.
open App Store and click Updates to find and install app updates too. For apps you installed outside of the App Store, visit the developer’s website for the latest updates.
Last Upgrade Your Mac
While it’s true that Mac computers last a long time, eventually you have to buy a new one. If these tune-up tips don’t speed up your Mac, it might be time to find a replacement.