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Best Tips to Speed up a Slow Mac

When you invest in a computer like Mac, you expect a few things from it: speed, efficiency, and increased productivity. This is expected for all spheres of life: work, art, and quality entertainment. And usually, we can experience all of these components while using a Mac.

Unfortunately, Mac is not a miracle – it is an electronic device like many others. This means that it can still experience technical issues or simply become slower in time, especially if it is not taken care of the way it should.

To deal with a slow macbook and speed it up as much as possible, you need to perform occasional maintenance work. Here, in this article, we will share the best tips that will help you speed up your Mac in no time.

Managing Your Startup Items

When you turn on your Mac, it is very likely that there are some startup items that start together with your Mac. It is okay if these are some work-related apps that you use every day and would launch them when you turn on your computer anyway.

But many apps offer you an automatic preference to startup with the Mac, and often people agree to those terms without even reading it. So what you should do is check up on your startup and decide what you should remove.

To perform this action, you can start your Mac and see what kind of launched items do you have on your Dock. If you see an item that you would not like to be at the startup of your Mac, right-click it on the Dock, see if it has a checkup mark on the Open At Login option. If you do not want this item to start when you launch your Mac, simply uncheck it.

On the other hand, if you see some suspicious apps always launching at the startup and you are pretty sure you never installed them, then maybe you should find yourself a proper antivirus for Mac just to keep it safe.

Disabling Visual Effects

New visual effects might be nice, especially when you purchase a new Mac or upgrade it to a new macOS. But let’s agree on the fact that with time we get so used to those extra effects that we do not even notice them anymore.

These visual effects are using Mac’s additional system resources, so if you do not even notice or enjoy the effects, then why have them turned on?

To remove these extra visual effects and have a better performance, reduce Transparency and Animations, change the Genie Effect to Scale Effect, disable Launchpad Effects, and turn off the real-time notifications on the Notification Centre that you do not need.

Deleting Apps You Do Not Use

The more system storage is used, the slower your Mac will perform. Therefore, you should start cleaning your Mac by reviewing the apps you have on your computer.

If you wish to know how much space do apps take up on your Mac, you can do it by clicking the Apple icon in the upper left corner, then choose the option About This Mac, click Storage in the upper tab, and wait until Mac calculates the data. Here, you will be able to see how much space apps and other files take up on your computer.

Make sure you delete all the apps you do not need. If you let your system storage get completely full, you need to remember that each app creates additional files to store information. And if there is not enough storage space for new files, it is possible that you will lose valuable data.

Deleting Files You Do Not Use

The second step in making your Mac’s storage more clean is taking a look at your files and deleting the unnecessary ones. When you do so, do not forget to delete the files on your Desktop because your Mac uses additional resources to display each thumbnail on your Desktop, which makes Mac run slower.

Also, after deleting a bunch of files, do not forget to empty your Trash Bin. Otherwise, the files will still be sitting there and slowing down your computer. To make things easier for you, you can turn on the option to Empty Trash After 30 Days.

If you already deleted all the files you could and came to the conclusion that there is still not enough storage space on your Mac to run properly, then you can either start using cloud storage like DropBox or Google Drive, which will make the file sharing super easy. Or you can invest in an external drive. The second choice would be the best one if you do not have a constant internet connection.

William Keener

William is a tech writer at Hacktoday. He's been writing how-to guides for about 4 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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