Four quick steps to double your Apple Mac’s speed

A slow computer does not only hamper your overall productivity, but it also leaves you frustrated. No one likes it, nor should anyone of course. Today, I am going to share four significant, quick and sure shot ways to double your Mac’s speed. No matter how old it is, these simple steps are definitely going to help you. If you think you need a Mac repair, hold on and try these steps first, if these are going to help, you definitely need to take your Mac to an expert computer repair professional. Here we go, let’s discuss the steps one by one.

1. Clean junks from your hard drive

It’s definitely the most important aspect which affects the speed of your Macbook. Clear the un-necessary and junk files from it so that your beloved machine can have ample space to breathe properly. Stop it from suffocating. How to do that? It’s simple, head to About this Mac then More Info, and finally Storage. Check to see how many GB of space is free. If it indicates low space, you need to spend some time here. Remove all those audio, video, images, games that you no longer are interested in. If they seem to be necessary for future, get it backed up to external storage media or to the cloud. In case you need help with cloud setup services, feel free to contact us.

Don’t want to do the do cleaning yourself? Confused? You can take the help of an app to do this, you may consider using Disk Inventory X.

In addition to cleaning the junks from the hard drive, try checking the software version of your Mac. Though, it must be up to date, but anyways, it shouldn’t hurt to check it again to confirm. Go to About This Mac and Overview to confirm it.

2. Analyze running apps and activities

Do you sometimes hear the sound of Mac’s fan when you start it or do something under an application? Does your Mac get irresponsive to clicks at some point of time? Don’t be frustrated on this. Take a few minutes to analyze the running apps. Apple gives a quick way to do that and diagnose problem through Activity Monitor. You can very easily find it, under ApplicationsUtilitiesActivity Monitor. Never heard of this before? Don’t worry; refer to the official tutorial from Apple. Now you know what all you can do using Activity Monitor, don’t you?

Activity Monitor (Image Source: Apple.com)

Okay, head to the interface of this app and check for the CPU usage your apps are eating. Do one more thing here, click on %CPU to arrange it in ascending or descending order. It will be easier for you to find the problematic application. If you find any application using above 90% of your CPU usage and it is not a recognizable program, quit it promptly. If a recognized application is eating all the CPU usage, it may be so temporarily because of an update running.

Keep a check on it regularly for some time. To do this, you are going to need a shortcut to this app. Add it to the dock. Click and hold on the dock for a few seconds, and then select ‘Show CPU Usage’. It will add the icon to your dock. You can very easily monitor the CPU usage.

3. Minimize the numbers

Start up apps are the programs that launch automatically every time you start your Mac. Try reducing their numbers to speed up your system. Doing this will also decrease overall boot time dramatically. It again is very easy to check all those apps. Go to System Preferences, Users & Groups, and Login Items. If you find the check boxes clicked, it means those apps are allowed to run with system start up. Check if you need them all. Uncheck the ones you do not need. After you are done, restart the system. Now you will experience the considerably faster speed.

Once you are done with this, take a look your desktop. Do you find a lot of un-necessary files and icons? Do you need them all every time you log into your Mac? I am sure you don’t. Minimize the number of files and icons at the desktop. Remove the useless shortcut icons and place the less usable files inside a drive away from the desktop.

4. Remove additional and extras

How many languages do you need on your Mac? Not more than one I believe. If it is so, remove un-necessary language files. If you are finding it difficult, you can use an application named Monolingual to help you out on this.

Another way to minimize burden from CPU is to use lesser animations. Do you know about genie effect? It is the default animation from Apple that applies when you minimize a window. But, it creates load on the CPU. You can change it to scale effect. To do so, go to System Preferences and then Dock. Find the option that says ‘Minimize windows using’. Change Genie effect to Scale. Here, you can do a few additional set ups for animation effects. Do your bit according to the preference and you are done.

Can you notice the difference in your Macbook speed now? Yes, you just tuned your Mac to work with perfection. But, if you are still facing speed or any other issue with your Apple Mac devices, contact us today at 0800 002 007 or simply send us a mail at support@mobilepcdoctor.co.nz.

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