No matter how good a Mac is, there will come a time when it gets sluggish. When this happens, you will naturally want to find an effective way of fixing a slow Mac. The most common reason for a Mac slowing down is if a program uses up too much processor resource. In this case, removing the program or upgrading your system may be the best ways of fixing a slow Mac.
Another possible reason for a Mac getting sluggish is when a number of programs take up large amounts of your computer’s RAM. Fixing a slow Mac will, therefore, require freeing up some precious space in your RAM. And while there are many different ways of fixing a slow Mac, you would naturally want to focus on the simplest and less time-consuming. Here are 15 ways to speed up your Mac worth exploring.
Get rid of clutter
You have to empty unnecessary files from the boot drive to create space for Mac’s virtual memory to run. This is such a simple step that many of us skip it, leaving it for later. But now is a good time to clear out some boot space by deleting old and redundant files and using secondary memory devices for storing very large media files. Get rid of useless games that you have played once and have never even opened again. Same goes for redundant software, especially shareware which all of us install on a trial basis and forget about it. Keep your system free of unnecessary clutter that might be slowing it down with virtual dead weight. Do a disk clean up regularly and set a schedule for de-cluttering your memory space at least once a month.
Add extra RAM
The RAM of your Mac is an important indicator of the system speed. Large RAM allows for the speedy Mac. Ideally, you should upgrade your RAM at least to a 2-gigabyte capacity so that there is more space for your system to operate. This is an expensive and time-consuming way but it’s possible to optimize the existing memory resource. Try and work on a single program or application at a time. When too many applications are on and running simultaneously, it consumes a lot of memory. If you don’t need a program to be running while you are using some other application, it would be a good idea to close whatever extra programs that are running or are idle.
Get rid of rarely used peripherals
Try and reduce the number of peripheral devices attached to your Mac. Unplug USBs, printers and scanners etc when not in use. You don’t always need to keep that flash drive plugged in nor do you need that printer to be powered on perpetually. Attach them when needed. Not only they slow down the system, they also consume useless power when idle.
Simplify the effects
Take a look at your desktop image that forms your backdrop. If it is an animated version, try changing it to a static photograph or any other static picture background that doesn’t take up too much virtual memory. We all love the bouncing animations all over your screen, but wouldn’t you rather do your work faster than sit and watch nice looking effects?
Clean up the startup list
There are many programs which run automatically when the Mac is powered up. Most of these programs are the ones which you installed ages ago, might have never used again and which smartly add themselves to the auto-run list. Get rid of them and you’ll see your Mac power up much faster.
This video guide can help you:
We all hate the situation when our Macs slow down. We all want to finish our tasks in minimum time. In order to enhance the performance of our Mac, we should do regular maintenance so you won’t need expensive memory upgrades.