Simple Tips & Tricks to Speed up a Mac

Macbooks have advanced quite a lot in recent years. It is no surprise to see that more and more people are picking Macs as their go-to computers rather than other models.  At the same time,

Macbooks have advanced quite a lot in recent years. It is no surprise to see that more and more people are picking Macs as their go-to computers rather than other models. 

At the same time, just because you purchase a new Macbook, you should not expect that it will perform without issues, particularly if you neglect to take proper care of your computer.

Luckily, once your Mac becomes slow, there are more than a few ways to speed it up. To learn how to do that, we recommend you check out both MacPaw’s speedup guide and the tips below.

Tip #1: Free Your Desktop From Clutter

Your desktop is the first thing you see after your Mac boots. However, if your desktop is cluttered, it will slow down the computer and affect its overall performance.

This happens because to display multiple thumbnails on your screen; Mac is using its memory resources. Therefore, there are fewer resources left for other items to run.

Tip #2: Make Mac Startup Faster

If the startup process has become annoyingly slow, try editing the list of the login items. Login items are the apps that are set to launch automatically after your Mac boots.

In order to remove the excess items from the login items list, click the Apple logo from the upper menu, go to the System Preferences, open the Users & Groups menu, and go to the Login Items. Highlight the ones you want to remove and click the minus icon.

Tip #3: Make More Storage Space

Free disk space is important for your Mac’s speed because it can directly affect the performance of the computer once it reaches a lower level than 10% of free disk space. 

The smartest way to avoid this from happening is to keep on track with your storage space situation and remove some large files when that happens. To check current storage space, open the Apple menu, click About This Mac, and open the Storage tab.

Tip #4: Optimise Storage

If, after checking the free disk space, you see that it is less than 10%, you need to take action and make more storage space. One of the easiest ways to do so is to click the Manage button in the Storage menu.

Clicking the mentioned button will open another menu that will offer you four suggestions to free up disk space. One of the most effective suggestions is Reduce Clutter because it helps you find large unneeded files.

Tip #5: Uninstall Apps You Don’t Use

Apps are easy to download and forget. Unfortunately, apps are the ones that usually take up most of the disk space. The better the graphics, the bigger the app will be. Therefore, if you have apps that you never use, it is best to delete them.

To do so, you can view the list of currently installed apps in the Storage menu. Also, you can open the Launchpad and have a quick overview of what you have installed.

Tip #6: Check the Downloads Folder

It is recommended to check and clean up the Downloads folder from time to time because it often stores files that you once downloaded from the internet and long forgot about them. 

Usually, these are one-time use files, such as PDF leaflets, flyers, ebooks, installation files, tv series, and whatnot. Thus make it a regular habit to remove these items once in a while. More to it, if you work from home, it is very likely that the Downloads folder will clutter up much faster. 

Tip #7: Use Streaming Platforms

Talking about tv series, you can easily avoid downloading large media files to your computer in the first place. By using streaming platforms, such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and others, you will prevent your Mac from cluttering up in the first place.

Also, you can use such streaming services as Spotify to listen to music. Not only will it save you a lot of disk space, but it will give you a lot of amazing music recommendations as well.

Tip #8: Delete Similar Photos

At least once a year, spend some time reviewing old photos in your photo library. The content you will find there highly depends on your job and lifestyle. For example, if you have a blog, you likely have multiple photos that accumulated over the years of blogging.

However, if you give the photo library a review, you will notice that there are a lot of similar and even identical shots. You don’t need to do this every day or every week, but it will free up a lot of disk space if you invest your time in it.