Are you worried that your Mac is running too slow and often ‘lags’ or has delays when you launch apps?While there are several reasons why your Mac may be slower than usual, the good news is that there are a few easy ways to help boost its speed.
While there are several reasons why your Mac may be slower than usual, the good news is that there are a few easy ways to help boost its speed.
- Make sure your hard drive has at least 10% free space
When your hard drive is too full your Mac will slow down, so you should check that it has at least 10% free space. If it does not, you should delete any unnecessary files or uninstall apps to free up some space.
- Remove unnecessary login items
Login items are launched when your Mac boots up and can slow down its startup time. Additionally, these items run in the background and will tax your system resources further. In the ‘System Preferences’ under ‘Users & Groups’ you can find a list of your login items, and remove anything unnecessary.
- Close apps and background processes
Every app that is open will consume system resources, as will any background processes. As a rule of thumb, you should close any apps you are no longer using, and also close any unnecessary background processes (under the ‘Activity Monitor’ in ‘Utilities’).
- Turn off visual effects
As you undoubtedly know OS X has some nice visual effects, but unfortunately they can slow down your Mac. If you want more speed you should turn them off in the ‘System Preferences’ under ‘Dock’.
- Update OS X
Every update Apple releases for OS X has performance optimizations and sometimes fixes issues that can cause slowdowns. In short, it makes sense to constantly update your Mac so that it is running the latest and most optimized version of OS X.
As a last ditch resort if your Mac is still running slowly you may want to check if it has insufficient RAM. If it does, you could upgrade your RAM but that will require purchasing additional RAM and install it. This can be a bit tricky if you don’t know how to do it.
After following these quick and simple steps, if your Mac is running slow the first thing you may want to consider doing is clean it with Movavi Mac Cleaner. It will help you to quickly locate and delete any junk files in a single click so you can free up space on your hard drive and get rid of unnecessary files that may be slowing it down.
With the features in Movavi Mac Cleaner, you could also uninstall unnecessary apps, securely ‘shred’ confidential files, remove login items, and much more. All in all, it will make it far easier for you to speed up your Mac and restore its performance.