How to Fix a Slow MacBook in 5 Easy Ways.
Is your slow MacBook driving you crazy? We may have an answer to the question of how to improve your computer’s performance. The problem is usually caused by one of five common problems:
– Background Applications
– Limited Hard Disk Space
– Outdated Hardware
– Applications That Slow Login
– Outdated Software
Let’s take a closer look at each issue and what you can do to fix it.
Applications running in the background can seriously degrade the performance of your MacBook. And when she can’t handle the stress, the system starts to crawl.
Fortunately, Mac OS comes with its own version of Task Manager (PC). Through Activity Monitor, users can see a list of active applications. Use this tool to manage running programs, especially resource intensive ones.
Go to Finder Go Utilities. Select Activity Monitor from the list of utilities.
Activity Monitor will display a list of active applications. Explore the five tabs (CPU, Memory, Power, Disk, and Networking). Double-click suspicious applications to view additional information. Note. Sorting the columns will make the list easier to view.
If an application is causing your MacBook to slow down, force stop it by clicking Quit.
Limited hard disk space
Not enough hard drive space will definitely slow down your MacBook. However, there are some built-in solutions that can help free up space.
Click the Apple logo next to Finder and choose About This Mac.
Click the Storage tab. This will display the status of the hard drive.
Click Manage. Another page will open with guidelines for managing hard disk space.
There are four guidelines for freeing up disk space. Which options to choose will depend on your budget (one option is subscription based) and needs.
- Store in iCloud – saves most of your files in iCloud for a fee (the price increases, you need more GB).
- Optimize storage – removes iTunes movies and shows you’ve already watched.
- Automatically Empty Trash – Automatically removes deleted items from the Trash every 30 days.
- Reduce clutter – manually sort documents and remove unnecessary elements.
Sometimes it takes an update to breathe new life into your MacBook. However, Apple does not recommend that users open their computers and operate them on their own. But this does not mean that it is impossible to make the necessary updates yourself.
Before purchasing RAM or a new solid-state hard drive, you should check with Apple which types your model supports and if your Mac can handle hard drive updates at all. The best site to find compatible SSD drives for your Mac is Crucial.
You will also need special screwdrivers (such as a Torx hard drive screwdriver). So make sure you have all the tools you need before starting. The best site for learning all of this is iFixit.
Slow login apps
When your Mac boots up, many applications start up at the same time. What you can do is turn off all unnecessary items that cause slowdowns during loading.
Go to System Preferences Users & Groups Current User Login Items
Browse the list of applications. Select the items you don’t want to run on startup.
Click the minus button to remove applications from the list.
Be sure to check the App Store to make sure all of your apps are up to date. These updates contain bug fixes that can prevent your MacBook from running slowly. For your convenience, make regular backups so you can update without worrying about irreparable damage.
You will be regularly notified when updates are available. It shouldn’t interfere with your regular use unnecessarily. In the worst case, you will need to restart your computer if an update requires it.
But you must admit that if after the upgrade the computer becomes faster, then it will be worth it. Enjoy!