Macs are superb but so expensive that sometimes you want to be sure that they worth the buying. That’s correct because if the device cost you so much, let it compensate your expenses by its top-level performance. To answer the users’ natural question “How do I improve my Mac’s performance?” we offer a few wise hints to prevent your Mac device from losing speed or to make a slow Mac faster.
The following suggestions generally apply to all types of Mac devices, be it Mac Pro models, Mac laptop or Mac Mini.
Deleting unused apps
If you visit your Applications directory, you will certainly find a few programs that you no longer need there. If you uninstall them, it will make Mac run faster and show a markedly better performance with any program you may run on it. And certainly, it will clean a lot of your disk space, where you could place programs or files of your today’s preference.
The cleaning procedure may be either manual or with the use of a specialized software (cleaner). But be aware that manual removal, even on the macOS, may leave behind various fragments of uninstalled programs, so-called leftovers that may become a problem in the future. For a more secure and convenient deletion, it is recommended to use specialized tools, like, for example, the multi-purpose MacFly Pro, which is designed especially for complicated cases of junk removal.
Clear the hard drive space (only if you have an older Mac)
With the traditional hard drives (not SSD) on old Macs, the search of necessary items greatly depends on how much stuff you have on them. If the share of the free space on an old Mac drive exceeds the ideal 10%, its performance slows down.
To boost it back you have to either delete the junk from it or move some content to the cloud, for example, via Google Drive.
Close memory-hogging processes
Memory shortage is another classical cause of slow performance. The Activity Monitor in your Applications folder will show you which processes and applications hog the most memory. Stopping the unnecessary but memory-hungry processes will change things for the better. In order to watch the memory consumption for the running processes, head to Activity Monitor where you will find the corresponding indicator under Memory tab. And you will need to click X on the top left.
Reduce your browser’s cache
If your computer is especially weak during your web surfing, this may be a signal that the problem is not with your computer as such, but with your browser. A simple way to cure your browser is emptying its cache. In most browsers, the corresponding instruments are located within Settings in the History section. But it is even simpler to check it for the presence of unused but unclosed tabs. It would be a useful habit to close them every time just after using them.
Check if your browser isn’t running unnecessary extensions
A web browser starts to perform poorly in a similar way that the computer does. While computer becomes cluttered with too much stuff on the hard disk, the browser gets bloated with too many extensions and plugins. It very often happens that a Mac user adds a lot of browser extensions and quickly forgets that they are there. So sometimes just by uninstalling a few unused extensions (a one-click operation), you can gain a considerable increase in your browser’s performance (that especially applies to Chrome).
Minimize the number of items on your desktop
Surprisingly for many, reducing the number of objects on the desktop may have a boosting effect on your Mac’s performance as well. The point is that OS X treats each desktop item as a window having own memory footprint. That is the reason why you may achieve a little performance improvement thanks to a reduction of the number of items on your Mac’s desktop.
Add more memory on older Macs
RAM as a computer’s component is responsible for running multiple programs simultaneously. So, if your machine becomes sluggish, additional RAM is a cheap and reasonable way to boost performance. This tip does not work for such part of Mac production as MacBook Pros because it is impossible to add any more RAM on them.