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 full 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.
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. Luckily, it’s quite easy to take control of your Mac 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!
If you recently updated your OS, you would be aware of the slowness that occurs when Spotlight is indexing. This only takes a few hours and then (normally) your Mac will be fine. But sometimes the indexing gets stuck, and your Mac stays slow. To solve this problem, you need to reindex Spotlight by going to Spotlight Preferences and clicking on the “Privacy” tab. Now drag your hard drive from Finder into the Privacy List. Once added, remove it by clicking the “-“ sign. The indexing will begin again, but hopefully, after a few hours, it will finish properly and speed up your Mac performance.
Reindexing Spotlight is a good solution for Mac slowness that started after an OS upgrade.
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 trash, and large files. Of course, you can clean up your Mac manually. But (there’s always a but) finding and removing all of these things takes time. Plus you have to know where to look. The good news is that there’s an easy solution to the problem. 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 a major speed boost.
Hard drive cleaning returns disk space and adds up to speed.
Typically, Macs take care of themselves. Having the latest software from Apple makes speeding your Mac up simple. Currently, the latest macOS is Sierra. To check your version click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and then “About This Mac.” Make sure you have the latest macOS/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 possible version and you’ve cleaned up your hard drive, and you still have troubles with speed, this could be your solution. 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 and buying more RAM will typically solve a bunch of slowness issues.