After using your Mac for a few years, you will notice your machine doesn’t run as smooth as it used to be. Moreover, it’s frustrating when your machine takes forever to respond to your commands especially when you are in the middle of some important work. But don’t worry it happens to best of the machines when they are not optimized on a regular basis. However, apart from optimization, there are various reasons that can make your machine slow and sluggish.
In this post, we’re going to discuss some of the tips to speed up your Mac. So, let’s get started!
Update Your Mac
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When you run your machine on outdated version than your machine might take a while to respond to your commands. Moreover, updating your machine and app on regular basis fixes the minor bugs and boost up the speed of your machine. Apart from enhanced speed, you get tons of amazing useful features and improvements in existing functions that enhance system performance. It is also recommended to update and upgrade your devices to get the most out of them. In order to check new update, go to Apple Store and click on updates and install the new upgrade if any available.
Declutter Your Dock
Reducing or removing unwanted apps from your Dock also helps your Mac to enhance its speed. As all the apps that you have in your Dock need the data to utilize your system resources to access the app quickly than Finder. Moreover, running multiple programs in the background also hogs a lot of storage and make your system slow.
In order to declutter your Dock, do the following:
- Go to Apple icon from the left-top corner of your screen.
- Choose System Preferences from the drop-down list.
- Select Dock.
Note: If you want then you can uncheck the Animate opening apps and you can automatically conceal. You can also check out the Dock limit to add extra RAM.
Limit Your Web Browsing
Most people are not aware that the majority of storage space is consumed by the apps that you use on daily basis. When we browse we open many tabs which results in a slow and sluggish performance of your machine. Sometimes, your system starts working slow, when you don’t have sufficient space in your system. However, opening multiple tabs and apps also hamper the performance of your machine.
Here’s how to find out which apps are using your memory right now:
Follow the below steps to find out about the apps that consumed the maximum space in your device.
- Go to Finder and choose Applications.
- Select Utilities from Applications.
- Click on Activity Monitor and then choose Memory tab
- There you can check out how much memory is consumed by which app.
Note: In case, you notice that unwanted web browser and tabs are open which are not needed for a while then you can close them because running multiple programs at once can slow down your Mac.
Clear Your Cache Files
One of the major reasons that slow down your systems speed is unwanted cookies and cache files. When you browse something, download music, movie, almost everything leaves cache files and these are the file that hampers the performance of your machine. In order to boost your computer’s performance, you need to optimize your machine on regular basis. You can also use third-party apps like Mac cleaning apps to get rid of cache files and to optimize your device on regular basis.
Turn off Your Visual Effects
Visual effects are very tempting but as everything comes with a cost, using visual effects on your computer can make your machine inefficient. So, you can minimize the effects to make your system fast. All you need to do is go to Apple icon from the top-left- corner of your screen > Systems Preferences > there will be a short list of boxes you can uncheck: animate opening applications, automatically hide and show the Dock.
With these swift tips and tricks, you can easily boost up your slow Mac and can enhance the speed and performance of your machine. If you have any other queries and feedback then please feel free to share them in comments.