Macbooks are known for their stylish design and the ability to cope with most given tasks. But if style can be irresistible to time, technologies are not. It is no wonder that over time Macbooks get slower.
It can become especially bad when you are on a tight deadline. However, despite hardships that you encounter, getting rid of the current Macbook should not be the way to go. That is not the only option left.
Usually, such issues with older devices are software related and can be easily solved. Keep reading further to try the following tips for yourself and see what you can do to make your computer faster.
Uninstall apps you do not need
Even if you do not install applications or games frequently, over time, they can take a sizable chunk of your disk space. As a result, you can feel your system slowing down. In addition to that, lacking free space can cause system errors or even crashes.
The best way to stop this from happening is to get rid of unnecessary apps or those you do not use frequently. There are several ways to do that.
If you installed apps directly from the App Store, the easiest way to remove them is by using Launchpad. It is pretty straightforward. Just open Launchpad, select the app you want to remove, hold until the icon starts shaking. Then click X in the top-left corner and select the Delete button.
Also worth to know, that sometimes applications come with built-in native uninstallers. To delete such an app, you only need to go to the folder of that app, locate native uninstaller icon, click it, and follow onscreen instructions.
Besides the methods mentioned above, there are other ways to uninstall apps, such as by finding every single file manually using a search tool or getting a third-party software. The latter option is probably the best one. Dedicated software can delete all the application data scattered across the system, including hidden files too.
Reduce startup items
Applications not only take up your storage space but can slow down system loading processes too.
Every time you install a new application, it is added to the startup items list by default. This helps apps to run properly or start faster. However, over time the number of such apps can grow big, causing more resources to be drained for their needs. As a result, your system performance may get affected, and the time needed for boot up will increase.
If your system already suffers from such symptoms, you should either uninstall some of the unnecessary apps or remove them from startup. To do so, go to System Preferences and select users and groups. There will be your profile and this is where you should click on next. When you are logged in, pick “Login Items.” Unselect all the applications you do not want to start automatically with the system. You should feel the effect during the next system boot up.
Protect your system
You can never be too safe. It does not matter if you do not download unknown files or visit suspicious web pages. One accidental click can be enough to get your system infected.
Moreover, if you are not the only one who is using your computer, the risk can increase considerably as well. Besides, the internet is not the only place where you can get your system at risk. For example, if you are using a flash drive to transfer data from your workplace or school computer, there is a great chance to get unwanted stuff too.
To be prepared for such cases, you should always use antivirus software or some malware scanning tool.
Turn off animations
Having animated desktops is nice. But they do not offer anything other than a beautiful look. However, if your Mac is already feeling slow, turning off animations may help to reduce the workload on the CPU. It will not be something much, but worth a try, especially when you do not lose any functionality.
To disable most animation, go to System Preferences → Accessibility → Display and unmark Reduce motion option. You can disable a Reduce transparency option too. Hopefully, this should be enough to take off some load from your CPU and give you some performance improvements.
Try Activity monitor
If you feel that your mac is running out of memory, do not rush to buy extra RAM. The first thing to do is to check whether it is the cause in this particular situation. Luckily Macbooks have a tool dedicated to this reason. It is called the Activity Monitor. It allows you to see how each process utilizes your computer resources.
So, whenever you feel your mac starts to act laggy, go to the Activity Monitor, select the Memory tab, and see which processes use the most RAM. If you think the memory drain is due to the singular process, you can terminate it.
However, if it appears from the overall view that the real cause is a lack of memory, the only option left is buying more RAM. Just over time, apps receive updates, and with every update gets additional features or other improvements that may require more memory. So, if you are running an older generation mac and have only 4 GB of RAMs, adding more is the only way to go.