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How to Make Your Mac Run Faster

Walden Harper,

Don’t get dragged in with the idea that a brand new Mac is better off than an old one. Besides, they are very expensive so you want to ensure you get the money worth before opting for a new one. There are ways to make a slow Mac faster. Here are few tips to keep your device running in perfect shape and perfect condition.

Remove apps

Many a time we just leave applications on our devices. Best you go to your folder and take out all files and programs you do not need anymore. For apps, you can just click on their icons and drag them to trash. This can free up some space and make Mac run faster.

Free up hard drive space

Do not choke your hard drive with loads of stuff. If you really do need most items there, best you use the cloud service or delete them. The more stuff on your drive, the more difficult it takes to sort it and this can cause a slow performance.

If you are always the careful type, I guess you need to download the MacFly Pro to help. This app can run diagnostics and clean out all irrelevant files and folders. All you have to do is download it on your Mac Pro and launch it.

Get a solid state drive

After 2013 Apple started using SSD in MacBook Pros but if yours doesn’t have it, then you need to install it. It enables you to get to your files easily and unless you need more space for new stuff there is no need to clear out older files saved up.

Activity Monitor

Using the Activity monitor on Mac laptop is a great way to know which apps and programs are taking out the heavy chunk of your storage. When you do find them out, you can delete or stop them. In the Activity Monitor check the memory tab and click on the X button on the top left.

Background apps

When you have so many apps running in the background, they tend to consume the memory. Best you quit all apps and tabs when you not using them. There are usually shortcuts keys in the Mac Mini or any other model. Ensure you have everything saved first because most times the system needs to restart itself.

Reduce the number of unused tabs

As it was mentioned above, leaving too many tabs open on our browsers can serve as a consumption point. So always try to close any tab you not using.

Clear your browser cache

Sometimes, when you notice that your computer seems to be performing sluggishly, it may not be the computer itself but the web browser. If you want a better performance, try to clean out the cache. Usually, head to the settings menu and go to the history option.

Check browser extensions or plugins

If you are using Chrome, then always try to remember to check for the old extensions and plugins and delete them. Because over time they can cause your browser to rapidly slow down. It’s quite easy to forget most times that we have installed loads of plugins and this can result in the browser being cluttered.

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Organize your desktop

Loads of users usually leave their desktop untidy and cluttered. Well, it may not seem important to you but it will interest you to know that it can increase the performance of your old Mac when you reduce the number of icons and put similar items into folders.

Increase memory on older Macs

Most of the time sluggish computer performance is associated with the RAM. Getting a cheap RAM from a store and installing it can boost speed of your device. Though, this does not apply to the latest MacBook Pros. If you do not know how to do this get a tech friend to help you out.

Dashboard widgets

Some widgets sitting on the dashboard are just there to occupy precious space and can cause the MacBook run slow. Go over there and check what you need and discard the rest. To get this done, pull up the dashboard click on the “+” in the bottom left. Click on manage Widgets and delete any widget you chose.

Clean up the startup launch apps

There are certain apps that launch alongside your computer each time you turn it on. Uncheck the apps you do not need. To do this go to System Preferences > Users and Groups > Login Items.

Update your software

Cultivate the habit of updating your software all the time. This can help fix certain issues without you knowing. Besides, it’s always best to be running the latest versions of the software.

Web browser type

Always stare clear Chrome as it’s known to be a great consumer of RAM. Try out Safari and it’s shown to work comfortably with the Mac. There are other web browsers out there you can find.

Shut down/restart computer periodically

Most users go days without shutting down. Terrible habit I must say. Perhaps you need to know that there are certain tools that automatically fix some issues and help in maintaining the Mac. These tools can only run during shut down and startup. So, learn to periodically shut down and start your device.


A good flow of air circulation is required by the computer. Always avoid blocking the air vents and when your device gets too hot best you get some fan close to it.

Visual effects

The virtual effects on our Macs are really cool but they actually do slow our devices, especially when they get older. To improve performance, you can switch the Genie effect to the Scale one. You can make these changes by visiting  System Preferences. Another change is to reduce the transparency: System Preferences > Accessibility > Reduce Transparency.

Spotlight re-indexing

Sometimes it takes time for Spotlight to rebuild its index of your files when you apply a new software update. This can result in the slow performance of your Mac. So, check it by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the upper right corner of the desktop.

Most times manual cleaning can be very troubling to some users so best employ the use of MacFly Pro. With this app, all you have to do is sit and relax while it performs all the job for you.