One of the main reasons people buy a MacBook or an iMac is because they are known for their ability to perform to an extremely high standard.
However, over time MacBooks and iMacs can become slow.
There is typically a range of reasons why this will happen. But don’t worry; you can get your Mac back to its initial speed or at least very close.
The two components that make up your MacBook or iMac are software and the hardware.
Let’s take a look at the software first. You will need to keep your Mac or MacBook updated. An updated macOS is essential to keeping your Mac working quickly.
You should note that very old Mac can’t always update to the latest iOS. You can check your version by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left of the screen. Then go to About This Mac.
This will give you details on whether you are able to update or not.
Updates on a Mac or MacBook are straightforward. Keep in mind that when updating it might take a little bit of time to complete.
So try to check for updates in the evenings when you’re less likely to be working or are you on your computer to make these updates.
It is perhaps unsurprising that the extensive use of a Mac or MacBook can mean there is a lot of macOS junk that will need to be taken care of too. You can find great resources to take care of that issue.
If you have my macOS Mojave, you can disable the new dynamic desktop. To do so, go to System Preferences > Desktop Picture and switch off dynamic desktop image.
While they dynamic desktop images look attractive, they will slow the system down.
Almost full hard drives will perform around 17% slower than a less occupied one. Not only that, but larger files are on your drive will slow your disk runs.
Now is a great time to go through your old files and see what you really need. Large ones will give you slow apps and a slow startup, so think about getting rid of things you don’t use or need.
If you have too many apps running at the same time, you are going to notice a significant speed decrease. If you have a browser with a lot of tabs open, perhaps a video player or music player, and a photo editor, other things will struggle to run well.
It would be best if you tried to get into the habit of only opening the apps that you are going to use and closing them once you are done.
If you really can’t stand to get rid of any of your old files, you can still move them off of your computer and into a safe space.
You can choose to backup on iCloud. The Apple iCloud is a great service and you have access to some great extra storage for as little as $2.99 per month.
A great alternative is to get a HDD, plug it in, and move everything you need but don’t use. This will free up a lot of space on your iMac or MacBook.
Use these tips to help speed up your Apple products if you have been skipping maintenance for a while.
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