How to Make Mac Run Faster
In this practical tip, we’ll give you tips on how to make your Mac faster. To do this, we’ll first introduce you to the activity screen that your Mac uses to analyze what takes up most of your system’s resources. Once you have completed this step, you can clear your hard drive and eliminate unused services.
How to Make Mac Run Faster
Even MacBooks suffer occasionally from performance problems. We help to locate them. Basically, a MacBook performance is very solid. The recently reported back -selling Mac sales are also likely to be related to keeping a Mac for a computer extremely long.
Among other things, the author owns a 2013 year-old MacBook Pro that does not have to hide from its current relatives in terms of performance. And even a 2009er (!) IMac still runs here as an office second machine. For computers, that’s a biblical age. Nevertheless, whether old or new, sometimes the Mac acts as if the handbrake is on. This can be the fault of hardware and software. We help with troubleshooting.
Make Mac Run Faster – The top 7 tips
Tip 1: Activity Meter analyzes Mac
In the Finder, enter “Activity Indicator” and open the program.
- In the menu bar, click on “Appearance” and select “All processes”.
- Under “CPU” and “Memory” you can observe the CPU load and the memory pressure and analyze which processes cause problems for your computer.
- Even if your RAM is less than 8 GB, you should keep an eye on the “memory print” graphic under “memory”. If you see yellow or red bars there, your memory is no longer enough.
- You can then try to upgrade your laptop or dump your system. Please read the next sections of this tip.
Tip 2: Make Mac Run faster tidy up your desk
A cluttered desk can cause problems for your Mac memory.
- Arrange files on your desktop. Move the files to “All My Files”.
- To do this, open the Finder and drag the file from your desktop to the “All my files” folder.
- The desktop desktop icon can also increase your memory footprint.
- Therefore, right-click on the desktop and select “Show Display Options”.
- Uncheck “Show symbol preview” here.
Tip 3: Dropbox and Widgets
If you have the Dropbox installed on your Mac, you should disable the ongoing synchronization. Also, do not enable dashboard widgets.
- Click with the right mouse button on the dropbox icon in the upper right corner. There click on the gear icon and “Settings”.
- Under “General” remove the option “Start Dropbox at startup”. Under “Network” uncheck “Enable LAN synchronization”.
- In addition, click on “Dashboard” in the Finder under “Programs” and remove the existing widgets there.
- To do this, click on the “-” symbol in the lower left corner and deactivate the widgets via the respective “x” icons.
Tip 4: Turn off Mac services and update the system
Switch off unnecessary system functions and services. Also check if your system is up to date.
- To do this go to the system settings and then to “Shares”. Disable services such as “screen sharing” or “Bluetooth sharing”.
- Apple updates eliminate bugs and security holes. So keep your system up to date to avoid any system errors and the resulting loss of speed. Read another practical tip on how to update your Mac OS X system .
Tip 5: Empty your Mac’s cache and defragment your hard drive
Normally, you do not need to defragment your Mac. However, if your system’s performance gets noticeably weaker, it may be worth using the iDefrag tool.
- In another practical tip, we’ll explain how to defragment your Mac’s hard drive .
- Sometimes as your Mac slows down, it also helps to empty the system cache .
- Finally, you always have the option to create a backup with TimeMachine and rebuild the operating system .
Tip 6: Clean up your Mac hard drive
Mac OS X requires at least 10% free disk space to create temporary files. Therefore, clear your hard drive. The more space there is on the hard drive, the faster the Mac can work.
- Open the Finder.
- Use the search bar to enter eg “Movie”.
- You will then see all movies. Delete the movies you no longer need on your hard drive. Slide the files to the trash in the toolbar. Do not forget to empty the trash too.
- Alternatively, move the data to an external hard disk.
Tip 7: Close background programs on the Mac
It’s quite possible that some programs that you do not need open automatically when the Mac starts up. Stop the automatic logon of these services.
- To do this, click on the apple icon in the top left corner and then on the “System Preferences”.
- Open “Users & Groups”.
- Click on the tab “Login objects”.
- Here you will see all the programs that are opened automatically when you log in.
- Select the object if you do not want it to start automatically.
- Then click on the minus icon to not automatically start the program when logging in.
Enough RAM and disk space?
The first step in performance search should be towards memory. Apple is traditionally niggardly here with the basic equipment, and that causes considerable performance problems: The less RAM, the more “virtual memory” is created by macOS. This can not be influenced, but especially in the combination “little RAM + classic HDD + little disk space” provides a significant bottleneck. This horse should be bridged from behind.
Check hard disk space and RAM
First, check how much RAM you have and how much the system hard disk is occupied. Especially computers with little RAM need a lot of space for virtual memory, which is outsourced to the hard disk.
To do this, click the apple icon in the top left corner and choose About This Mac .
In the tab ” Overview ” you will see the technical data of your MacBook. It should be at least eight gigabytes. Less is less memory – you should expand it if possible.
Then click on the ” Hard disks ” tab . The first hard disk in the list is the system hard disk. Check if at least 15-20% of the memory is free.
Clean up the hard disk
If the RAM is short (<8 GB) and the hard drive is full, you have already found a bottleneck. Now it’s time to delete data that you no longer need. Grateful candidates are downloaded movies or large software packages , even Parallels virtual machines are really out of place.
The easiest way to find out where the storage eaters are by clicking on ” Manage ” in the ” Hard drives ” tab . Here the calculator shows you where the biggest storage eaters lie. Store these on an external hard drive or delete them directly.
Expand RAM and install SSD
If the hard disk space is not the cause, you should consider upgrading the memory and replacing the mechanical hard disk with a much faster hard disk, called a SSD. This works for all MacBooks with built-in CD drive (built in 2006 and 2012) with a few simple steps and for little money.
Danger:If you do not know how to open the Mac or how to copy your macOS system to a new hard drive, you should leave this work to a specialist. On the occasion, you can expand the hard drive memory as soon as you need more space. For MacBooks without a CD drive, the RAM is unfortunately permanently installed. These models already have an SSD ex factory. It’s best to ask someone who knows it.
Release system brakes: Dismount login objects
In addition to the hardware-based system brakes, there are also those caused by the software, so programs on the MacBook. Basically, macOS is very carefully designed here, but there are still some things that slow down the system unnecessarily, such as the login objects:
Start the system settings and click on ” Users and Groups “.
Open the ” Login Objects ” tab : Only programs that you can assign and that you regularly use should appear here. Everything else can be removed by selecting it with the mouse mark and the minus symbol click the bottom left.
Remove browser brake flash
If you have the flash player installed, here’s some good news: you do not need it anymore! The piece of software has been declared obsolete by Adobe itself (https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-flash-update/), and is now only system brake and Macbook Akkufresser at the same time.
At least if you surf the Internet. So away with it! Manufacturer Adobe has its own dedicated page with a very precise guide online: https://helpx.adobe.com/de/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html – You just need the Follow the instructions to get rid of the flash player.
Use Safari browser instead of Chrome or Firefox
And while we are at the web browser: It makes sense to use the Safari browser instead of Google Chrome or the Firefox browser. Both are universally programmed and therefore not optimized for the Mac.
Anders Apple’s Safari: He is gentle with the resources of the computer and uses all sorts of techniques to reduce memory pressure in RAM and processor load. So if your performance issues are surfing, consider giving Safari a try. Incidentally, the synchronization with iPhone and iPad via iCloud is now largely seamless, favorites and history are synced with Safari between all devices.
Uninstall Mac virus scanner
And another tip: If you use a virus scanner on the Mac for whatever reason, that might be the system brake. Virus scanners check every file that is opened in the background. Even if that works fast, the delay is not insignificant, which makes the system feel much slower.
So if you use a virus scanner, you should delete it. MacOS is not of interest to virus programmers due to its low market penetration and the system has enough of its own features to protect against malware.
Last but not least, a note on MacOS updates: Also, if Apple gradually strikes older Macs from the annual update cycle of MacOS, it is recommended to always play the latest MacOS main version (currently: MacOS 10.14 “Mojave”):
Apple is optimizing many of its minor bugs and system issues with these updates, making new MacOS versions run faster on older Macbooks than their predecessors.
The latest MacOS version can be found in the Mac AppStore. It is available for free. The already brisk 2013er-Macbook of the author got thereby once more a performance boost – and is indeed afloat like never before.
How and why Macs are slow
Computers slow down for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of the programs and files on them. This includes every single software update, upgrades to your apps, and any new version of OS X you are installing. No matter where they come from, these files and programs consume some of the RAM and disk space of your Mac.
It’s not just your files, system and program specifications are changing. Your hardware could not be fast enough for the latest versions. Getting your Mac up and running depends on what makes it slow.
What makes your Mac slow?
Luckily, there are a few ways you can use to see what is causing the slowdown. The first is the activity indicator.
You can find the activity viewer in your “Utilities” folder. It lists everything currently running on your Mac, including your apps and system features. You can even stop these tasks from the activity screen. With just a few clicks, it shows you which processes are taking all the resources of your system and CPU.
You should google everything you can not tell what it is because some of these processes can be legitimate things that your system needs to run.
If you need more details, you can use the commands directly in the console, which you will also find in the “Utilities” folder. The console stores the notes your Mac writes for itself. These notes contain a log of every process, activity, error, and task your computer does, giving you a great diagnostic tool to troubleshoot your entire system, even kernel issues. You can even set up alarms to be notified when the logs change.
In addition to the Activity Meter and Console, you can use any other system monitoring app, such as Bjano’s iStat Menus, which adds various charts and graphs to your menu bar related to the system.
How to get your Mac up to speed
Now that you know what slowed him down, ask yourself “how can I make my Mac faster?” You can do that by following one of the following tips. Each one has its own way of speeding up your system, and they may need more than one to get the job done.
Close open apps that you do not need
Most performance problems happen when too many applications or programs use your RAM. These problems can be solved by closing the applications. But you can not just close the window and assume that you have closed the app with it.
Some apps stay open, even after closing their windows. Therefore, you must close the apps by choosing Close in the application menu to the right of the Apple menu. This ensures that you actually close the app completely and it no longer stays in RAM.
Clean your desktop
The Finder treats all your desktop icons behind the scenes like separate open windows. Therefore, you can make your Mac system faster by simply removing all the icons from your desktop. You can either save it to your document folder or anywhere else you can find it.
Clear the cache of your browser
Safari fills up with garbage faster than OS X itself. Therefore, if your Internet is slow, you should check Safari first. To get it up and running again, you need access to the Developer menu, which you can access via Safaris settings via the “Advanced” button. There, you can activate the “Developer” menu by selecting the option “Show Developer menu” in the menu bar. You can then click on “empty cache memory” in the menu that appears. In the Safari window you can also “Reset Safari …”.
Close unneeded dashboard widgets
Dashboard apps make life comfortable, but also take up RAM and resources. You should only run the apps that you use every day and close the rest. Even if you use apps constantly, you can close them when you’re not in use to make your system faster.
Remove startup programs
You can prevent programs from starting at login if your Mac is slow on startup. You can check what is running when you boot and what you do not need to remove in the options for users & groups of your system settings. Your Mac will list everything in the Startup tab that starts up when it starts up. To remove programs from the list, you can select them and click the minus button.
Make software updates
Often you can improve system performance when installing software updates. Apple and other developers are constantly finding new ways to accelerate their applications. By bringing in the latest updates and firmware, make sure your apps and the operating system are always running as fast as they can.
Use system booster apps like OnyX
OS X saves your settings and other recoverable data to caches and temporary files to speed things up. However, these files may be damaged or become too large over time to be useful. You will find lots of software out there that will remove the files stored in the caches. One of these apps is OnyX on Titanium Software, which will empty the caches of system kernels, applications and multimedia components.
Restart your Mac
If all else fails, your Mac may just need a proper reboot. Rebooting your Mac cleans all caches while flushing memory. Therefore, you should try a reboot before doing something more dramatic to make your computer faster.