Admit it. Mac rules supreme in terms of speed and efficiency. However, there are times when my Mac doesn’t work up to par and it really pisses me off. Just like most of you. But, worry no more! There are a number of ways you can speed up your super workhorse Mac again.
Alright mates! Here’re some tips from IT Services Australia:
First, Upgrade Your RAM
A crucial thing to increase your Mac’s speed is having the right type of memory for your MacBook model. The model you choose doesn’t matter that much. What’s more important is to be sure to purchase the correct amount, type, and speed. Apple’s support page can give you info on the memory specs for its wide array of models, along with tutorials on how to replace your unit’s memory.
Get Rid of Old Apps
Check your Mac’s Apps and Downloads folders. If there is anything in there you can’t recall installing, chances are you don’t have a use for them. Throw them away to Trash to give your hard drive more capacity.
De-Clutter Your Applications
Next, let’s clean up the mess in your apps. When you put an app on your Mac, the piece of software comes bundled with files and permissions that tell OS X the things you can do with the app depending on the device you’re using.
When these permissions become obsolete, this results in your Mac lagging or even, God forbid, crashing. You need to reshuffle and re-deal these permissions so they are replaced in their proper place. To solve this, OS X has something called Disk Utility that will assist you in doing the clean-up process.
Say Goodbye to Huge, Unused Files
After cleaning up your apps, it’s time to look at the files that are hanging out in your drive. You can use Finder to look for unneeded, huge files. Click on Finder and select the volume you’d like to look for. After that, choose “File” > Find (or hit Command-F), hit the “Kind” pull-down menu and choose “Other.” When the “Select a search” feature opens, choose the box for File Size, then “uncheck” the other boxes, and hit “OK.”
Always Minimize Your Log-In Stuff
If your Mac is turtle slow when it comes to booting up, the cause may be that there are too great a number of apps to open at startup.
This is how to handle that: choose “System Preferences” > “Users & Groups.” Next, click on the Login Items tab to view a list of the apps that start when you boot your Mac.
Select the apps you don’t want to open at startup and select the minus-sign button under the list of apps.
Updated OS X Means Faster Macs
Apple launches updated versions of OS X as free upgrades, so it will be weird if you’re still using antique versions. Newer OS X versions have performance enhancements and improved security that keep your Mac funning fast and secure.