A computer will not perform optimally on its own all the time. The drop in performance is noticeable after a few years. Some users believe that the only solution is to spend money on a brand new Macbook.
While buying a new computer is worth considering, the situation is not always as bad as one might think. There are a lot of different methods to boost the performance of your Macbook and keep it in the best possible shape. If you want to find out what they are, look no further than this article.
Table of Contents
- Method #1 Clean Your Disk
- Method #2 Replace HDD with SSD
- Method #3 Tinker with OS Updates
- Method #4 Clean Dirt and Dust
- Method #5 Reduce Desktop Clutter
- Method #6 Optimize Website Browser
- Method #7 Get Rid of Visual Effects
- Method #8 Manage Startup Items
- Method #9 Locate Resource-Hungry Processes
- Method #10 Scan for Viruses and Malware
Method #1 Clean Your Disk
Disk cleanup should be one of the priorities, especially if you have not had a chance to take a closer look at how much junk has accumulated over the years. MacPaw has a great article on how to clean a disk, and you can click here to read it. What you want to focus on are the following types of files:
- Old applications.
- Mail attachments and downloads.
- Caches, language packs, temporary backups.
A lot of these files can be deleted. However, there may be a time when you lack disk space but cannot think of any files that you can remove. Cloud-based services like iCloud or Dropbox, or even external storage devices like flash drives, are all great options.
Method #2 Replace HDD with SSD
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It is challenging to come up with any better method to speed up a Macbook than by getting new hardware. Whether you are replacing HDD with SSD or even add extra RAM, the difference will be noticeable immediately.
However, if you are going to go with this, it would probably be better to consult a professional before purchasing and attempting to add hardware yourself. After all, the process is quite challenging.
Method #3 Tinker with OS Updates
You see a lot of articles urging you to update to the most recent OS versions. They are correct in most cases. On the other hand, there are instances when the most recent update only makes matters worse.
If you install the newest OS version and notice that the Macbook is sluggish, consider downgrading to the previous OS version. It is possible that the downgrade will solve the performance issue.
Method #4 Clean Dirt and Dust
Dust and dirt are inevitable, and every responsible Macbook owner ought to clean their computers regularly. If you neglect this responsibility, it will lead to various issues, like overheating or overworking the Macbook’s fans. Do not be surprised to find your hardware damaged after a while.
Method #5 Reduce Desktop Clutter
Some people have a habit of putting most of their files on a desktop. It puts a strain on the system as every icon has to be rendered whenever you switch between the desktop and another window.
Instead of littering your desktop, look to organize files in a more orderly manner. Transfer them to folders and put these files in other locations of the Macbook.
Method #6 Optimize Website Browser
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Web browsers can become a heavy resource consumer when you have too many extensions and add-ons. In some instances, it might be worth trying different browsers and see how they are performing.
Removing useless extensions is not the only way to smooth the website browser. Keeping the number of open tabs to a minimum will also make a difference. Even if a tab is idle, it still consumes memory.
Method #7 Get Rid of Visual Effects
Looking from a pragmatic point of view, visual effects offer no merit. Go to System Preferences and find the Dock. There will be a “Minimize windows using” setting. Replace the Genie effect with the Scale effect.
Another way to benefit from turning off visuals is by unticking boxes from the following: “Automatically hide and show the Dock” and “Animate opening applications”.
Method #8 Manage Startup Items
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Go to Users and Groups via System Preferences. Select your profile, and you will see Login Items. Untick boxes from applications you no longer wish to see every time the Macbook is booted.
Trimming the Login Items list will help you save time by not having to wait around for everything to load. On top of that, it will also boost the Macbook’s performance.
Method #9 Locate Resource-Hungry Processes
Activity Monitor allows you to sort processes by memory and CPU usage. If possible, you should shut off some applications that are running in the background without offering anything back.
Method #10 Scan for Viruses and Malware
No computer is safe from malware, viruses, and other cybersecurity threats. It would be in your best interest to have anti-virus software to ensure peace of mind and prevent any risks from consuming disk space, slowing down the performance, or even accessing your personal and sensitive data.