How to Speed Up a Mac

The Four Best Ways to Speed Up Your Mac!

Remember the feeling of a brand new Mac? A Mac without rainbow wheels. A Mac that didn’t cause headaches or frustration. Everything was perfect! It’s funny how everyone always thinks the same thing when they get a new Mac:

“Ok, this time I’ll keep it clean! I won’t install anything I won’t need!”

Apps, docs, photos, and a filled iTunes library later, your Mac starts to act as if it’s hiking 20 miles uphill in the snow. Don’t worry, we’ll show you 4 proven ways to speed up your Mac.

Manage Your Startup Items
10 minutes Easy

It goes without saying that a clean startup helps speed up a slow Macbook. When your Mac launches faster, it takes less time to do anything. No waiting for Safari, Chrome, or Firefox to load — they open instantly. How do you get such speed? Well, when your Mac boots up, it runs a lot of unnecessary apps. It’s quite easy to take control of it again. Go to your System Preferences > Users & Groups and then click on your username. Now click on “Login Items,” select a program you don’t immediately need when your Mac starts up, and click the “-” button below.

Reducing the number of startup programs is an easy way to help add speed to your Mac!

Clean Up Your Hard Drive!
1 hour Hard

If you want the most bang for your buck, cleaning your hard drive is by far the best and easiest way to speed up Macbook or iMac. Go through your hard drive and clean out everything that’s slowing it down. But how to clean up a Mac? What to look for? Caches, logs, apps, widgets, language packs, plugins, hidden trashes, and large files. Good news is, you can clean up Mac manually. But (there’s always a but) finding all of these things and removing them takes time, plus you have to know where to look. So there’s an easy solution to it, CleanMyMac 3 app has everything you need to finish the 3-hour task of hard drive cleanup in under 5 minutes. Even more, it will clean up the junk you didn’t even know about and give your Mac major a speedup.

Hard drive cleaning gives you back disk space and adds up to speed.

Update Your Mac (OS and Hardware)
10 min - 1 hour Medium

Typically, Macs take care of themselves. The latest software from Apple makes speeding your Mac up simple. Currently, the latest OS X is El Capitan. Compare it to the OS X version on your Mac by clicking on the apple icon in the top left corner of your screen. Then click About This Mac. Make sure you have the latest OS X installed (or the latest you can install, since not all Macs upgrade to El Capitan).

As for the hardware upgrade, as you’ve probably guessed, it’s costly. But if your OS is the latest you can install on your Mac and you’ve cleaned up your hard drive, and you still have troubles with speed, this could be your option. Keep in mind that upgrading Mac hardware is not possible on certain Macs. However, if you decide to do so, definitely check out this guide on “How to Upgrade Your Mac’s RAM”.

Upgrading to the latest OS X and buying more RAM typically solves a bunch of slowness issues.

Repair Disk Permissions
20 minutes Hard

This might sound complicated, but it’s actually not that hard. In short, it means checking if your Mac goes to the right places to get info. It’s an alternative to the old “turn it off and on again” method. But it involves using Terminal (if you’re on El Capitan) and if you’re not familiar with it, we recommend simply downloading CleanMyMac 3, a Mac maintenance app that has a bunch of optimizing tools, including one-click disk permission repair. If Terminal doesn’t scare you much, you can open it and run commands. To open Terminal, either use Spotlight Search and type it in, or find it in the Apps/Utilities folder.

Now, in the Terminal window, type in this:

sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --verify --standard-pkgs /

This will verify permissions. If you see anything (or a lot of things) starting with “Permissions differ”, type in this:

sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --repair --standard-pkgs -- volume /

This helps on most Macs, so repairing permissions is a solid try in speeding your Mac.

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