If a single application is running slow, you feel annoyed right? Just imagine that your entire Mac computer is slow and takes minutes to open a single file or to respond to just a single click in the worst cases. It’s frustrating isn’t it? Well, there is no need to panic, your Mac computer is completely normal. As and when the computer becomes older day by day,, its normal to slow down. There are many issues that lead to decreased Mac speed. It can be due to low hard drive space, presence of unwanted files or some background applications stuck with some errors and many others.
Not just reasons, but even there exists remedy to solve such issues. Here are some simple ways using which you can easily speed up your Mac machines that are running slow. You can use these tips anytime (better done regularly), so that your Mac is in a proper working condition.
Make sure your hard drive has about 10-20% of free space: Applications need certain physical RAM space during start up and even for execution. The more applications you have the more free RAM space needed for proper functioning. Also, Mac OS X defragments most of your hard drive files automatically, but even to achieve this it needs free space. It’s always advisable to keep at least 10% (preferably 20%) of the hard drive space free for running the applications at higher speeds.
Clean-up your desktop: For any computer or laptop to boot quickly, it must have a clean desktop. Technically, a computer’s booting time can significantly be reduced if the desktop is clean, and there are only a small number of applications which load at the start-up. Take a look at the files and apps on your desktop which are rarely used. In addition, if the desktop has large files will also slow down your Mac computers, since it requires additional resources from the system for booting. Moreover, a clean desktop will also result in improved computer performance and also helps to reduce the rendering workload on Finder.
Repair permissions using Disk Utility: At times, some catastrophic events like abrupt shutdown, crashes, and power outage etc. might corrupt your organizational directory. This makes your Mac computers slow and result in glitches. Thus, with the help of the in-built OS X tool in “Disk-Utility” you can repair those corrupt Permissions. It might take several hours to complete hence; it’s preferable to perform after completing your work. To achieve this follow
Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility > [Select main Hard drive] > Repair Disk Permissions
Clear unwanted Login Items: As and when you install new programs, the number of startup items will also increase. Also, some of the applications like update managers, Dropbox, Google Notifications, among others can slow your performance down. Most cases, there will be many programs that are unneeded and are used very rarely. Hence, removing these programs from the Login items list reduces the amount of time used while starting up as it needs to login to all the programs at start up. Thus, you can increase the Mac computer speed considerably and help increase performance.
System Settings > Accounts > [Username] > Login Items
Watch the Activity Monitor: Activity Monitor is a very important tool for monitoring the state of the Mac computer. It’s a Mac OSX’s inbuilt tool, which shows the all the details about the CPU consumption, usage of RAM and the virtual memory. In addition, you can even view the processes, tasks running and make a note of the applications that use maximum of the Mac’s resources. This helps you in optimizing those programs to increase your Mac speed. To accomplish this, launch the Activity Monitor from Applications -> Utilities, choose “My Processes” and click the “%CPU” heading.
Clean up your hard drive space: Mac OS utilizes the free space that is available as a “virtual memory”, which plays a significant role in improving the performance and increasing the speed. The obvious solution to a slow-running Mac operating system is to free up hard drive space to make room for the ‘virtual memory’. So, in order to achieve this, first start with emptying the Trash, remove rarely used applications, permanently delete the unused and unwanted files from the computer. If the situation is very worse then, it’s advisable to format or even re-install the Mac OS. This removes all the files from your Mac computer.
One important point, before performing this step, you need to be very careful. This is because, while deleting, there are chances of deleting your vital files instead of deleting these unwanted files. Also, if you decide to format or reinstall make sure you have taken proper backup of your valuable data and then proceed with this. Else, you will land in data loss situations. But, you even skip this step, since; deletion is the only way to free up this step!! Don’t worry, even if you lose your data, use Remo Recover Mac software. By employing this unique application you can easily perform lost data recovery on Mac within few minutes. Thus, just go ahead and continue with the cleaning process.
Update software and drivers: Presence of outdated, missing and non-operational drivers and applications will result in performance degradations. Hence, keep updating all the Mac applications to its latest version. Whether it is iTunes or Safari or your Mail! Update all of them regularly. From your Apple menu, select “Check for Software Updates” and let your computer scan for any new updates. You will need to be connected to the internet to do this, so make sure you are connected via Wi-Fi or cable.
Following the above listed tips will help you to speed up your Mac computers that are running slow. Before performing the steps make sure you have taken the backup of your complete hard drive data that are very important.
Molly is the Lead Technical Specialist with distinguished knowledge and understanding of Mac computers and operating systems. Being a veteran photographer and video recovery specialist, Molly’s expertise on video formats and file repair has helped restore a lot of videos and cherished memories of users.
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