5 Ways to Speed Up Your Slow Mac

Tired of seeing beach ball spinning on your Mac? Has your Mac become annoyingly slow? Just like any computer, Mac too starts running slow with time. Whether it’s an iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook (all series) or Mac Pro you might want to check the performance of an aging Mac. With these 5 tips, you’ll be able to clean the clutter and speed up your slow Mac.

#1: Reduce Login Items

It’s obvious that if your Mac starts up faster, it doesn’t take much time for anything. You don’t have to wait for apps to load, they open immediately. When your Mac boots, lots of unnecessary apps run in the background. If you take control of these unwanted apps, you can make your slow mac run faster. To do that, go to System Preferences by clicking on Apple icon found on the left side of Menu bar and click User and Groups and click on “Login Item”. Here you can select the apps from the list which you don’t want to start when Mac does.  Once you’ve selected, click on the Minus button.

#2: Uninstall Programs You Don’t Use

Uninstalling programs that you don’t use definitely increases the performance of the Mac. This will not only speed up your slow Mac but also save space on the hard drive. If you are someone who downloads lots of apps and don’t use them, it’s time for you to start the cleaning process! You can drag and drop all the unwanted programs into Trash.

You can also remove unwanted widgets from the Dashboard. Click on the Minus button on the bottom left-hand side and click on “X” to remove the widgets you don’t use often.

#3: Clean Up Hard Disk

This isn’t an easy job. But, this is the best and effective way to speed up slow Mac. Scan through your Mac hard drive for unwanted files (usually it’s the movies and photos which take up space). Empty the Trash by right-clicking on it and select Empty. You can also look into Downloads folder for any files that you don’t require.

Another place to clean up is your Desktop. Go through all files and folders on the Desktop and remove all your unwanted files. Also, organizing your Desktop can make wonders to speed up your Mac. Every file you save on Desktop is a Window and its content is stored in RAM. When you use QuickLook or switch to Desktop, your Mac will show you what’s in that Window. So more file on your Desktop means more files stored in RAM. Organizing your files in appropriate folders (Photos, Documents, Movies etc.) can help in speeding up of your Mac.

#4: Update the Software

Make sure your Mac is up-to-date. You must be wondering why install something new when the machine is already slow? Well, it is important that you have latest Mac OS X or MacOS Sierra installed, as Apple optimizes new updates and security patches for better performance. So, having latest software updates will, in turn, helps your Mac run faster.

For latest software updates on OS X and Sierra, click on System Preference choose App Store and tick Automatically Check For Updates. Ticking Install App Updates will ensure that the apps are automatically updates.

#5: Clean Install of the OS

You cleaned up Desktop, checked your RAM, updated latest OS, yet any of it didn’t make difference in the speed of your Mac, then you have last option on this list – Clean installing the OS. This gives life to your running halt Mac. But this isn’t an easy task. Clean installation wipes out all the data collected over the years, which may be the reason for slowing up of your Mac. Make sure you take a backup of your photos, documents, music etc. so that you can have it back on your Mac once you clean install the OS.


Performing the above methods will surely increase your Mac performance. Once again, while clean installing your Mac, make sure you take not one but two backups of all the data. If you haven’t taken a backup or deleted wrong files, you can use a reliable data recovery software for recovering memory cards on Mac OS X.

5 Ways to Speed Up Your Slow Mac was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by John Harris

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