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5 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Mac

Despite being an Apple product, Macs also run slowly over time. And while investing in the newer version sounds tempting, you can easily upgrade your Mac’s performance. Speeding up your Mac doesn’t have to be too complicated or time-consuming either. If you are looking for efficient methods to accelerate your Mac’s speed, then continue to read!

5 Ways to Speed Up a Slow Mac

Initial Steps

It’s normal for every device’s performance to decrease over time as its version becomes obsolete. However, if you are facing this problem too early on, then there might be some other issues.

Firstly, ensure that your Mac has at least 10% storage free for it to properly run and process its functions. Additionally, deleting large and/or unnecessary files that may be taking up your storage is also an effective cleaning method.

Lastly, at times the solution is as simple as restarting your Mac. We advise you to start with this step first especially if you haven’t properly shut your Mac off for some time.

However, if it’s been a good few years to your Mac, and you have tried the above methods, the ones below may be for you.

Power-hungry Programs Running in the Background

Some programs require more resources than others and can eat up your CPU’s power. Moreover, it is rare if Mac’s OS informs its users about such complicated programs that consume the device’s processor. Thus, you may have to interrogate the problem yourself.

Activity Monitor

To do so follow the steps below:

  • Open the Utility folder
  • Go to the Activity Monitor section
  • Click on the CPU button
  • Evaluate the “% CPU” column. Here you will be able to see which programs are consuming the most resources.

If you see an unnecessary program hogging your Mac’s resources, then you can choose to close it. You can do this by selecting the x icon on the menu bar at the top of the Activities monitor after highlighting the program.

Remove Startup Programs

If you notice that your Mac is slow right off the bat since you have opened it, there might be another problem. More often than not, the culprits are the excessive startup programs you have.

You can fix this problem by following the steps below. This will allow you to select which programs can open once you log into your device.

Remove Startup Programs

  • Click the Apple menu icon
  • Open the System Preferences window
  • Select the “Users and Groups” icon
  • Click on your current user account
  • Fill in your log in details by clicking on the “Login Items”
  • Select which applications you do not want to open when your device starts

Reduce Graphics

Aesthetics on Mac such as transparency and animations can take a toll on your device’s graphics hardware. Thus, while it may look good, it can slow down your Mac’s performance. Especially the older versions. Hence, removing them or reducing the graphics on your Mac can help amp up its speed.

Reduce Transparency

You can do this by:

  • Click the Apple menu icon
  • Open the System Preferences window
  • Click the “Accessibility” icon
  • Select “Reduce Transparency”

Additionally, if you want to speed up the animations on your Mac, you can follow the steps below:

  • Open the System Preferences window
  • Click the “Accessibility” icon
  • Select the “Dock” icon
  • Choose the “Scale Effect”

Run a macOS System Update

It is important to keep your Mac’s operating system up to date to optimize your research usage. Additionally, it allows your device to access new features that are part of the update. To speed up your Mac by updating your system you can follow the procedure below:

macOS System Update

  • Click the Apple menu icon
  • Open the System Preferences window
  • Select Software Update for the Mac to search for any available upgrades
  • Select the “Update now” option
  • Additionally, ensure that you have checked on the “Automatically keep my Mac up to date” box.


Through these simple tips and tricks, we ensure that these methods will boost your Mac’s speed and improve its performance. Thus, you can save time and money by not buying a new Mac, or getting this one repaired. However, although these procedures are effective, your Mac may have a more complex problem. Hence, we recommend you get it checked out from your local Apple store or reinstall your MacOS X.

Rida Rehan

Hello, I'm Rida Rehan, an undergraduate student, and an inspiring journalist who likes to explore various topics and fields to broaden my horizon, and to keep myself updated on information and trends.

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