It is a nuisance when your Mac, for some reason, begins to work slower. When you play games you have to wait longer for the moves to finish when you watch videos (certainly you run them in high settings) unpleasant slowdowns appear and complex calculation tasks make you wait longer than before for a result. So, it is quite natural that the question “How speed up my Mac?” arises so often.
And here is our guidance where we try to explain to you what may actually impede your computer’s performance and what is to be done to make your Mac fast again. So the question won’t be urgent any longer.
1. Using Activity Monitor
A valuable source of info about the processes taking place in your Mac is Activity Monitor. You can easily find it in the Utilities folder and open it. Activity Monitor displays all the processes going on in your Mac.
Many processes belong to system activity and are not actually applications but system programs. You should treat them carefully as they support the functioning of the system itself and their removal or alteration may have serious consequences up to the system failure (as a security measure, the most critical items cannot be removed). However, some processes can be modified or deleted by a qualified specialist in order to optimize the device’s performance.
Clicking on View and Windowed Processes allows you to get acquainted with what is happening inside your machine. Using CPU button and the CPU column will make it possible to arrange the processes by the amount of consumed CPU. In the same way, you can view the use of other resources including memory. A new feature in the Mavericks is Energy, which will show you the energy consumption by individual items.
2. Managing your startup programs
Another factor of the slowdown of your Mac is too many startup items. If you wait for your apps to load that means you have too many items on your startup list. Ask yourself whether you really need all that stuff working immediately after every boot up!
You can easily delete unnecessary apps from your startup list. Use the following path: System Preferences > Users & Groups and then select your username. Then head to Login Items. Choose a program that you intend to delete from the startup and click the “–” button.
Now your Mac will boot up faster with a clean startup!
3. Turning off the visual effects
Most Macs are now able to easily run Mac OS X Mavericks. But, in order to avoid the slowdown, some users prefer to keep the dock static. Click System Preferences > Dock and uncheck the following check boxes:
- Animate opening applications
- Automatically hide and show the dock
- Turn off accessibility
Then click on Minimize windows using and change Genie Effect to Scale Effect.
4. Updating your software (and setting to auto update)
First, make sure you are dealing with software for Mac OS X. Click the Apple icon in the menu bar and select Software Update (or alternatively open Software Update in the App Store). The apps purchased outside of the App Store should be updated separately. There is usually a simple path to Check for Software Update for any program from the menu bar.
Also, make sure that Mac OS X is up to date. Head to System Preferences > App Store and ensure that Automatically Check For Updates is ticked. Or you may go to Install App Updates, which performs automated control over the timely update of all your apps.
5. How to speed up my Mac by cleaning the hard drive?
Probably the most efficient way to speed up a Mac device. There is a lot of junk on your hard drive that makes it slow. The items that over time heap up on the hard drive include cached data (caches), unused apps, trash, duplicated files, temporary files, leftovers of deleted programs and cookies. All they gradually take up the hard drive space, which is actually the cause of the slowdown. So you can reestablish your Mac’s high performance by removing the unnecessary stuff from your hard drive.
Certainly, you can do everything manually. Not an easy job though, and not always safe. Fortunately, there are tools specially designed to assist you in cleaning up your Mac device.
For those who don’t want to clean their Mac manually
There’s also an option to speed up your Mac with a help in cleaning application. One of them is the MacFly Pro. The app consists of three blocks: Smart Assistant, CleanUp and Tools. They all can scan your Mac but each block is also specialized on its own cleaning jobs.
Thus, Smart Assistant focuses on the usage of resources. Besides, it identifies possible junk such as file duplicates and seldom-used apps. The block analyzes the general condition of your Mac. Its another important function is sending to the user regular notifications about potential improvements (such as the possibilities to safely remove unnecessary files) based on the performed analysis.
CleanUp has the most customizable scan of the three blocks. It can filter and locate individual categories of possible junk so the user can observe them in a convenient way. An intuitive interface allows easy navigation and secure removal of junk.
And Tools performs an especially thorough scanning and identifies not only obvious junk but also dubious items so the user can judge what to do with them. Another Tools’ preferable function is a secure apps’ uninstallation so they don’t leave any leftovers on your hard drive.
We are sure that using the above-mentioned methods (and combining them) you will be able to regain the high performance of your Mac device. And the question “How speed up my Mac?” won’t be urgent for you any longer.