Is your Mac running suspiciously slowly? Take these steps to achieve a productivity boost and maximize your device’s operational efficiency.
The new owners of Macs tend to think that their monster devices will run at lightning-fast speed until the end of time. But with time, the productivity of your device may decline for no evident reason. Your Mac starts slowly, and it feels like it takes forever to launch new apps or download new software. What’s the problem? Is your dedicated companion getting too old, unable to run fast and deliver on the manufacturer’s promises?
This isn’t always the case. Obviously, some gadgets get old and run slower (which can also be resolved via spare parts replacement). But in most cases, the slow speed of your gadget has more evident causes, which we discuss below.
So, don’t shut the door on your Mac; everything’s manageable. Fixing these issues is quicker and easier than you might suggest. Learn more here about speeding your Mac and go on reading to find some quick and dirty tips for your Mac’s productivity boost.
A Regular Cleanup
The first step is to look at the system files and documents stored in the system. We bet you have forgotten about 90% of uploaded materials and don’t use the lion’s share of system files. It doesn’t mean that you need to delete the bulk of system files you don’t use (probably your Mac does!). Yet, it is an excellent chance to consider the file clutter that your computer will detect. Deleting the unresponsive apps and redundant files will give your device a breath of fresh air, making it run faster than before.
A Virus Check
Sometimes the reason for your Mac’s slow thinking is a virus infection. Viruses are varied and diverse; they creep into the system conspicuously to break your system files and affect the system negatively. You might not see any evident signs of malfunctioning at a particular moment, but once they surface, it may be too late. Your iOS may be too infected to recover fully, and as a result, you may need to buy a new Mac instead of curing this one.
To avoid such a dead-end situation, you need to conduct regular virus checkups. They will allow the cleaner to detect any potential viruses or vulnerabilities of your system, suggesting early remedies that will help your computer recover before it’s too late. So, don’t forget to examine your Mac’s system from time to time. It’s an effective practice to make sure your Mac remains a monster machine longer.
App Use Review
As with the disk space check and file clutter removal, you can take one step more and consider the set of apps downloaded and installed to your Mac. You’re probably hardly using even half of that app collection! Your Mac even has an automated function for doing so – you only need to go to the Finder section and click “Applications” there. The list will show up, ranked by the last date you opened each app.
Now, check every app you have. The easiest way to filter the apps you need and don’t need is to recollect when you used this or that one last time. If that last time was more than 1-2 years ago, you’re likely not to need it for several more years to come!
Nothing gives a boost to Mac productivity better than a system update. When launching the update, you give your device a valuable opportunity to renew the system files, free itself from junk, and refresh the supported apps. Keep in mind that Apple engineers constantly work on improving apps and system features, troubleshooting the system, and removing bugs. Thus, as a result of regular system updates, you’ll be happy to see your system running smoother and faster during any activity.
Startup Settings Review
If your Mac is slow at startup, you can remedy the situation in many ways. First, adopt a habit of turning your device completely when leaving the workspace. The system will update, rewind, and revive much better if the device is turned off. Just sending it in the “snooze” mode day-by-day causes its fatigue and overload. Second, you can adjust some startup settings to ensure that redundant apps and programs do not launch at startup. Leave only the essential processes on the list; you’ll see significant productivity gains quite quickly.
So, as you can see, a slow Mac is not inevitable. With these simple measures, you can achieve its way better functioning, enjoying speed and performance in one bottle.
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