12 Mac Performance Suggestions You Need to Know

Whether you’ve had your MacBook for a little while or longer, there are a lot of ways you can improve the MacBook’s performance and get the most out of it. 

These suggestions are easy to implement and generally free. 

Let’s take a look. 

Restart your computer

This is the easiest way to improve your Mac performance. When you reboot the system, you clear the background processes and kill all the apps and free up your RAM. This can make your laptop noticeably faster. 

Close all unwanted tabs

Another thing you can do to improve your device’s speed is to only have one or two tabs open at a time. Multiple tabs not only make you switch contexts too frequently but also hog up your RAM. 

Let your device cool

If you leave your laptop on a flat surface without proper ventilation, you should reconsider that. Without a way for the heat to dissipate, your laptop can become increasingly hot and slow down.

Using a dedicated laptop stand for this works really well if you intend to use it for long periods. 

Close all unnecessary apps

Say you’re gaming, and you have a bunch of other apps open. Depending on the kind of apps running in the background, this may affect your gaming experience.

It is best to close all apps to free up RAM, and this will ensure you have a better gaming experience. 

Get rid of desktop icons 

By default, all the screenshots you take end up on your desktop. If you use an app frequently, you may also want to put that on your desktop or pin something else.

The problem with this is all of these icons have to be rendered, and it takes up RAM that can otherwise be used by other apps. 

You can either delete what is not necessary, move it to a different folder or make use of the ‘Use Stacks’ button that arranges everything into folders.

Check your internet

12 Mac Performance Suggestions You Need to Know
12 Mac Performance Suggestions You Need to Know

Sometimes it may not have anything to do with your device. It could be an issue with your internet. Make sure that your router is on and you are connected to your WiFi.

Then do a small internet speed test and check if you are getting the speed you were promised. If not, you may either have to upgrade your router or connection. 

Clear your browser cache

Your browser creates cache files to help you load a website faster. But these can accumulate quickly and take up your computer’s processing power.

It takes a mere couple of seconds to clear your cache and do a hard reload, and once you do this, you may notice some improvements when surfing the net.

Disable startup items

There are some apps that launch automatically when you start your laptop. But these can interfere with your device’s performance. Under System & Preferences, you can disable all login items and see if it makes a difference. 

Clear your app cache

If you use apps like Photoshop, they make use of the scratch disk, which is a temporary virtual space that is used when the RAM is full. You can clear the scratch disk and the app’s cache to get rid of temporary files. 

Use Mac’s native tools

You can use Apple’s Hardware Diagnostic test to make sure that there is no problem with the hardware. Once you run the test and see errors highlighted in red, you know that you have to go to an expert. 

Use antivirus programs

12 Mac Performance Suggestions You Need to Know
12 Mac Performance Suggestions You Need to Know

The antivirus programs prevent you from downloading bloatware or malware. This can seriously affect your Mac’s performance.

As a general rule, if you are not sure about the source of the app or a website that seems suspicious, it is best not to download or click on anything. 

Declutter your storage

This is an important step. To have 10% of your storage disk free at all times, you have to first understand how to free space in your hard disk.

Start with checking what is hogging up your memory and follow Apple’s basic recommendations to manage your storage. 

Finally, you may want to use free or paid cleaning software that can sift through all your large and bulky files and delete them. It can also find and delete temporary files, duplicate files, and recommend other old files to delete.

Final thoughts

Try these tips to improve your system’s performance. Since these are free, with the exception of cleaning and antivirus software, you can solve most issues on your own.

And if it does not work or you are unable to diagnose the root cause, find an authorized center to get your device serviced. 

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