Mac running slow is a very common problem these days. This is because of the nature of the laptop. Most of the mac users like to stick to their laptops according to a survey and the more you spend time on your MacBook, the slower it gets. So how to speed up mac?
Solutions to the mac running slow
Clean up your desktop
The Desktop is the first screen that has to be loaded when the mac is turned on. And imagine, if you have a lot of files on your desktop , then your MacBook has to load all the items that are there on the desktop. Not only those items but also all the associated items to those files and the apps. So, clean up your desktop to speed up mac.
Restart your MacBook
Restarting the mac book forces the laptop to empty out the data inside the RAM and the disk caches.
Close unwanted applications
Unwanted applications also consume RAM and disk caches even if you are not-so-actively working on them. So closing the unwanted applications are also a good solution to the mac running slow.
Uninstall Old mac apps
Chances are there that you might have old mac apps in your system. when we download an app for mac, the downloaded files get associated with other files. A MacBook does not come with an inbuilt uninstaller, so it is a better solution to move those old apps to trash to resolve mac running slow problem.
Work out on the apps using most of the resources
You can also find out using the activity monitor on the mac that which apps are consuming most of your resources. By resources, I mean the RAM capacity. For example, if you keep running google map in a browser, the google map has to download a lot of data to show you the map area whereas relatively a mail will consume lesser.
- Press F4 and open Terminal
- On the terminal type this command.
- The Activity Monitor window will open up as shown below.
You can monitor the amount of resources consumed by individual apps using the activity monitor. Through Activity Monitor, you can see which app is consuming how much RAM and CPU percentage.
Reduce startup items
When you log into your MacBook and there are a lot of apps which also boot along with the mac startup then, they are surely putting pressure on the MacBook RAM. To reduce the startup items to counter mac running slow problem.
Here is how to restrict startup items:
- Go to System Preferences
- Go to Users & Groups
- Click on the Login Items tab and you will see a list of the apps that open at mac startup.
- Highlight the apps you don’t want to open at startup and click the minus-sign button below the list of apps to remove that app from the startup.
Free up disk space:
Freeing up disk space is also known to speed up the mac and a well-known solution to a mac running slow.
Disable transparent windows effect to speed up mac:
Transparent menus, windows, and title bars require processor power and memory to render. However, these effects can still be a cause for mac running slow.
How to disable transparent Windows effect in mac:
- Go to Apple menu
- Go to System Preferences and then to “Accessibility”
- Choose ‘Display’ and check the box for “Reduce Transparency”
Disable unnecessary widgets and extensions from the notification center
- Go to Apple menu
- Go to System Preferences and then to “Extensions”
- Click on “Today” from the left side panel menu
- Unselect all the widgets option that you don’t need like Weather, Stocks, Social, Reminders, etc
Change the Minimize Window Effect to Scale
Change the minimizing effect to the default can also bring some improvement in the mac running slow. Here is how to do it:
- Go to Apple menu
- Go to System Preferences and then to “Dock” panel
- Go to ‘Minimize windows using” choose the “Scale Effect”
Speed up mac by Setting finder Windows to All My Files
All My Files is a smart folder by default from mac that uses Spotlight to access any and all files owned by the current user. To speed up mac, this could also be a great tool to do so. Changing the new Finder window to a static folder can help that speed and here is how to do that:
- Open finder and choose “Preferences”
- Set the “New finder windows show” to “Desktop” or “Documents” or your user home folder
- Close Finder preferences as usual