Are you looking for ways to speed up the performance of your Mac? Worried about the decreased performance of your device? This guide will walk you through some methods and tweaks by which you can speed up your Mac.
Apart from some useful apps, there are several methods and basic hacks that can completely renovate your Mac and make it work as a new system.
If you are still thinking of buying a new Mac then this post will make you reconsider your decision. Luckily you do not need to spend a single penny on getting a new Mac. So without further ado, let’s check out some tips and discuss them in detail.
1. SMC reset:
SMC stands for System Management Controller. This tip might sound a bit technical and tricky but it is one of the best solutions to deal with various issues associated with the performance of your Mac. Just one click will reset your SMC.
This fixes everything from startup issues and slow performance. It is a low-level reboot of the system that does not remove any data from your Mac.
To reset the SMC, follow the instructions:
- Shutdown your Mac
- Unplug the adapter if it is still plugged.
- Press and hold the key combination ‘shift + control + option’.
- Now press and hold the power button.
- Keep the buttons pressed for 10 seconds.
- Let go of those buttons.
- Turn the Mac on
2. Clean up your hard disk:
Cache files, programs, hidden trash files, language packs, plugins, widgets and several large files that you do not use, occupy your unnecessary memory on your hard disk. This is one reason of memory wastage, while on the other hand, there is huge duplicate data inside your hard disk.
This duplicate data stays in your system in the form of similar items, duplicate photos, videos and several copies of the same document. Cleaning becomes tedious if you do it manually. But there are some useful apps like the duplicate photo finder that scans your entire hard disk for similar-looking pictures and identical items. You can easily remove several pictures and items with such an app.
3. Limit the number of apps that run on startup:
One prime reason your Mac runs slow is several apps and programs running at startup. To clean this clutter, you need to perform the steps mentioned:
- Go to system preference.
- Click on ‘User and Groups’.
- Click on your username.
- Click on ‘login items’.
- Choose a program or app you want to disable at startup.
- Click on the ‘-‘ icon to remove that particular program from the startup list.
The lesser the apps you have at the time of startup, the more powerful your CPU will be. This action also optimizes the proper distribution of RAM.
4. Use Activity Monitor to identify memory hogs:
Some apps and programs require more CPU power to run. These applications have issues that make them grab more system resources than other apps.
You can check which apps are taking more system resources through the Activity Monitor. Follow these steps to check which particular apps are taking up more power and close them:
- Go to the ‘utility folder’
- Click on the CPU button
- Click on ‘%CPU’ column
- Check for which apps and programs are using tons of CPU power.
- Select that particular app by clicking on it
- Click on the ‘X’ icon at the left-hand corner of Activity Monitor
5. Close the apps you don’t use:
The best way to speed up your Mac is to close the unnecessary programs and apps that are running in the background. The Mac may be assigning more memory and CPU power to a particular program that you do not use.
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This is a nice way to check which apps are running. You can easily check them all at the Dock which is at the bottom of your screen.
Programs that are running will have a dot beneath them.
To bring up the App Switcher tab you need to
- Press the ‘Cmd + Tab’ key.
- Check which apps are running.
- Press and hold the ‘Cmd + Tab’
You can end these programs and apps. To perform an app kill, follow these instructions:
- Right-click on the icon of the app you want to end
- Click on Quit.
- If you are using the App Switcher, then use Cmd-Q to quit it.
6. Disable SIRI on Mac:
It is really nice to have Siri providing you with all the information as and when you need it. But there are cases, when you may dislike this intelligent feature. Some users do not like this feature on their Mac.
If you are a person who does not like Siri on Mac, then these steps will help you disable it.
- Click on the Apple Menu.
- Select ‘system performances’.
- From the control options, select ‘Siri’.
- Uncheck the box ‘enable Siri’.
- Close system performances.
7. Update your Mac and OS:
Having the latest Mac and macOS updates from Apple makes things pretty easy. Updated applications, programs, and the latest operating system not only improve stability but also speed up the performance.
Updating to the latest OS and hardware drivers will also solve most of the system issues and associated problems.
8. Clean that trash and downloads folder:
A decent way to free up several gigabytes on your Mac is by cleaning the trash.
Make sure that you delete the unwanted items, programs and apps from the download folder.
Click on the ‘downloads’ folder and remove the files you see there.
If you have the latest update of macOS, you can easily set ‘automatically delete the trash’. These steps will help you do the same:
- Select the ‘apple logo’ in the menu bar
- Click on the ‘about the Mac’
- Select ‘storage’
- Select ‘manage’
- Enable ’empty trash automatically’.
Activating this feature will automatically remove items from the trash after 30 days.
9. Disable the animation and visual effects:
You can turn off the animation and visual effects that might be slowing down your Mac. These animations might look better but actually eat more resources such as RAM, CPU power and GPU as well.
You can put the Dock on the static mode in order to prevent any decrease in the response times. To turn off the animation and visual effects, perform the following steps:
- Click on the ‘system preferences’.
- Click on ‘dock’.
Uncheck the following boxes:
- Animate opening applications
- Automatically hide and show the dock
Now click on the ‘Minimize Windows’ and select the ‘scale effect’. This will remove visual effects and you will see a considerable amount of increase in the performance of your Mac.
So in this article, we have tried to cover a few basic yet powerful methods to help you improve the stability and speed up the performance of your Mac. However, there are several methods that boost up the performance of your Mac and also stabilize the system. Make your system new again with basic hacks and keep it stable.