There will come a time when you are not that happy with your Mac’s performance.
This is no surprise given how every computer is bound to start under performing after a while. But that should never be a reason to consider spending money on a new model.
Hardly any situation is unmanageable.
When it comes to computers, including Macbooks, there are still a lot of things you can do before giving up.
Ideally, you should have a maintenance routine that takes care of every little problem. In case you are looking to create such a routine, here are some ideas to help you out.
Idea #1 – Remove Junk Files
Junk data will accumulate faster than you expect, especially if you are using the Mac for a lot of different things.
The biggest issue is that these files cannot be removed that easily if you are doing it manually.
You cannot locate them without tinkering with the system settings. On top of that, you will likely need to create backups and not risk deleting stuff accidentally.
But here is a solution to the problem. Getting a cleanup utility tool will allow you to do everything automatically. Such software will delete all the junk files and other useless data on the system. This way, the system will have less to process and can function with fewer hiccups.
Idea #2 – Free up Hard Drive Space
Freeing up disk space on a Mac will also do wonders to increase the overall performance. The process is relatively simple. First of all, find all the files you do not need and delete them. This includes applications, old email attachments, downloads, or language packs.
Once those are out of the computer, you can look to do some stuff with what you have that remains. Clouds and external storage devices can be used as a reliable place to keep some important information.
Lastly, if you like to keep media files like music, TV shows, or movies, consider subscribing to streaming platforms. The likes of Netflix or Spotify offer more than enough entertainment for a good price.
Idea #3 – Stop Memory Leaks
Preventing memory leaks is easy. All you need to do is restart the Macbook every few hours. Applications that have been running for a long time will start to misuse the memory and distribute it wrongly.
And if it takes longer than you want for the computer to load, trim up the startup item list and enable the auto-login feature.
Idea #4 – Declutter Desktop
A cluttered desktop is not something that you should have.
It might seem like a good idea to keep the files on Mac’s desktop for the sake of convenience, but it only hinders the performance of the computer. On top of that, there is a search function that will help you find anything you need.
Idea #5 – Disable Visual Effects
You will save battery life on top of increasing the performance by disabling visual effects, such as the ones on the Dock. There is no real reason to have them enabled in the first place.
Idea #6 – Use Activity Monitor
Launch Activity Monitor and take a closer look at the applications. Their management does not stop with just removing the ones that are no longer of any use.
There will be some apps that are consuming way too many resources. You should look to replace them in case you still need something similar. Antiviruses and internet browsers are good examples.
You may also find that some of the apps are running in the background for no real reason and are nothing but a hindrance to the system. If you do not have that much memory to work with, you need to do a better job of managing applications.
Idea #7 – Install Updates
Take as much time as necessary if there is a new update out and ready. Even if the size is big, an update should always take priority. New features, improvements to the overall performance, security patches, and stability upgrades are necessary.
It could be that the reason behind the poor performance of the computer is the lack of updates. Make sure that you are using the most recent version of the OS.
Idea #8 – Clean Dust and Dirt Inside
Dust and dirt inside the computer will cause a headache. Overheating, loud noises from overworked internal fans, and potential damage to other internal hardware spell trouble.
Do not take unnecessary risks. And do not think that getting a cooling pad is the solution. While the accessory is a good addition, you still need to clean the filth that accumulates inside regularly.
Idea #9 – Reinstall OS
Reinstalling the OS is not something you should do too often.
However, it might be worth taking an approach of giving the system a fresh start at least once a year. Reinstallation will remove a lot of junk that has accumulated over time and boost the performance of your Macbook.