If your Mac has started to perform much slower than you are used to, then chances are there’s probably nothing wrong with it. This is because most cases involving a slow Mac comes down to an overly clogged file system. This happens when you do to undertake regular maintenance and file clean up, which results in a cluttered desktop and file storage system. This involves dealing with excessive cache files, duplicate files, unnecessary or unused applications etc. Once these files start to crap up your Mac’s system and consuming storage space, your performance levels are bound to drop drastically. As such, we put together this quick guide that details some of the solutions you can take, to help improve your Mac’s speed.
How To Improve Your Mac’s Speed
- Sort Out Your File System
As mentioned above, one of the main reasons that MacBook’s start to perform poorly is due to an overly cramped memory storage. Moreover, this storage space tends t fill up pretty quickly after regular day-to-day application use, file saving etc. So, whenever your Mac starts to alert you of the need to create more space, downloading a memory cleaner app is usually a good choice. This is because locating and deleting some of the files, extensions and applications often prove to be difficult, so utilising a third-party app usually ends up being the easiest option.
Additionally, another simple straightforward solution to improve your Mac’s performance involves cleaning your Mac’s desktop and with Apple’s new ‘Stacks’ feature, users can now easily organize their file names and folder much more efficiently. Another useful desktop management utility tool is Declutter, which lets you save your files and documents in color-coded folders that are neatly sorted on your desktop. Moreover, you can adjust the organisation settings to suit your preferences simply by downloading it, installing it and creating your own rules.
- Clear Space On Your Mac's Hard Drive
You would be surprised how often MacBooks end up having less storage space than is optimal. This is because through daily activities such as; web browsing, file saving, file transfers, editing and more, there are usually a significant number of files and caches that are kept hidden from you. The reason MacBooks do this, is to prevent you from deleting files that you may need later. It’s actually a bit ironic that in the process of trying to help you keep your work organised, your Mac ends up suffering because of excessive file clutter. In such cases, the first thing you need to do is pull out your cable organizer and plug in your Mac charger, it’s important during this process that your Mac stays on and doesn’t power down, due to a low battery. After which, you can either start browsing through your Finder window and manually delete the files yourself or transfer each of them to an external storage drive instead. However, it’s no secret that this method can be tedious.
It is in these situations that downloading a memory clean-up utility tool like CleanMyMac X comes in handy. With an extensive array of features and Mac functionalities, this application can help you easily organise and cleanup any unnecessary clutter like file caches, large-sized files or duplicate folders through one simple and easy-to-use interface.
However, when it comes to dealing with duplicates files and folders, the Gemini application is the best tool for easily deleting and purging your system storage of these unnecessary files. All you have to do is open the app and it will scan your Mac automatically, telling you where your these copies are located. Moreover, you would be surprised how difficult it can sometimes be to locate some of these duplicate files, as some of them are hidden deep in your system storage. However, with a tool like Gemini, you can easily find and erase these files with no risk of deleting important system files in the process! On a side note, you should always back up your important files before performing system cleanup. You can always export the data to an external hard drive or storage device using a 10ft usb c cable for example.
- Delete Your Login Items
Usually when you turn on your computer, there are usually some applications that open automatically without you even selecting them from the moment you login. Most of the time these apps are harmful, but if you Mac is performing slower than it used to, then you should just delete these login items to help improve your system’s start-up speed. You can check which apps are listed as login items by heading to Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. You can then choose which apps you want to keep automatically activating when your Mac comes on and which apps to remove from that list.
- Clear Your Browser Caches
Your Mac’ browser caches are bound to pile up the more you browse the internet. However, each browser eg. Safari or Google Chrome, usually allows you to clear your caches pretty easily though the settings tab in their menus.
It can often be difficult to keep your MacBook consistently optimised, that’s a pretty common feeling among many Mac users. However, by utilising clean up utility tools like CleanMyMacX and Gemini, you should be able to easily keep track of your Mac’s performance as often as you can and also declutter your Mac’s storage system to improve its performance.