Does your MAC take forever to load? Do you constantly struggle with lags and frozen screens?
Before spending thousands of dollars on a new computer, try the following easy steps to speed up your device.
1 – Uninstall unwanted programs
- Go to “Finder,” click on “Applications,” and type the name of the program you want to uninstall in the top right search bar.
- Make sure that “This Mac” is selected and then press the “+” (plus button) at the top right side.
- Click on “Kind” and change that to “System Files”; if that option isn’t there, click on “other,” find “System Files,” and click “Ok.”
- Change “aren’t included” to “are included” and click the “+” (plus button) next to it.
- Change “Kind” to “Name;” keep the second option as “matches,” and type in the name of the application next to matches again.
- Delete the files and empty the recycle bin.
This gets rid of the application along with all the related files, keeping your MAC clean and speedy.
2 – Keep your MAC updated
- Go to the App Store application.
- Click on “updates.”
- Install the updates if available.
This allows your computer to run the latest software with bug fixes of the previous version that might have slowed down your computer.
3 – Repair disk permissions
- Go to “Disk Utility” and choose your hard drive.
- Click “Verify Disk Permissions” and wait for the scan to complete.
- After that is done, click “Repair Disk Permissions.”
This organizes and fixes your mac files that came pre-installed in your MacBook.
4 – Remove unnecessary startup items and programs
- Go to “System Preferences,” click “Users & Groups,” and then go to “Login Items.”
- Select the programs you want to remove and click the “-” (minus button) below the box.
This prevents the programs from slowing your computer startup, so your desktop will load much faster when you restart your MAC.
5 – Download third party software
Keep your computer clean and fast using CleanMyMac 3 or other free programs like CCleaner to scan your entire system and remove unwanted files and junk.
6 – Format/Factory reset your MAC
- If your MacBook is still slow and the previous methods aren’t showing signs of improvement, then before you proceed to formatting, make sure your computer is fully backed up.
- Turn off your mac and then hit Command + R + Power Button at the same time.
- When you hear a sound, let go off the power button but remain holding the two other buttons and wait until your screen shows the recovery mode.
- Let go off the buttons and go to “Disk Utility” and press continue.
- Select “Macintosh HD” (the one in grey) and go to erase.
- Click “erase” in the bottom right corner.
- Close the window, click “reinstall OSX” and “continue.”
- Plug your power cord into your computer and click “continue” once again.
- Then click “agree,” “Select Macintosh HD,” and hit “install.”
- Type in your Apple ID and Password and you will be welcomed with the setup screen you had when you first got your MAC, but this time it will run the latest version of OSX.
- You can then select your backup from time machine and reload your files.
So go ahead and try out the following tips to speed up your MAC, but do keep in mind that computers don’t last forever.
Therefore, it might be necessary to change it every four to five years to really get a new enhanced experience and speed.
By: Luma Kudsiova