There comes a time when even a brand new Macbook will start underperforming. This is natural as all machinery begins to slow down after a while. However, a sudden decrease in quality causes panic for some users and they go as far as thinking about purchasing a new computer.
Replacing is an option, but that should not be the first option. There are ways to increase the performance of a Macbook despite the fact that it is pretty old and has been in use for years.
This article will cover a lot of great tips, so if you want to boost the speed of your Macbook, continue reading and find out how to accomplish it.
Tip #1 – Declutter Desktop
Some users have a habit of putting all of their stuff on the desktop. After a while, there is no more room left because the desktop is full of icons.
Having such a tendency is not good for the computer since every icon requires resources. Every time you switch from desktop to another window, icons are rendered.
Instead of having no space on the desktop, look to organize everything in folders and lessen the burden of the desktop.
Tip #2 – Delete Useless Files
Lack of space on a hard drive is one of the most common problems behind a drop in Macbook’s performance. There are a lot of files that accumulate over time, and you should look to delete them. Here is where you need to look to open up more space on the drive:
- Mail attachments that get saved on the computer after you open them.
- Downloads that some people forget about.
- Language packs of certain apps.
- Applications that are no longer of use.
Tip #3 – Delete Caches
Caches and other hidden files also take space but they serve no purpose. The biggest problem is how difficult it is to delete caches manually. To make it easier on yourself, consider downloading cleaning software.
Tip #4 – Scan for Viruses
Anti-virus software should be running in the background all the time. You never know when malware or viruses are going to threaten your system.
Not everyone is willing to bother with anti-virus because they believe not to be prone to cybersecurity threats. But it is always better to be safe than sorry. After all, there is a lot of great anti-virus software available for free, so you will not have to spend any money.
Tip #5 – Remove Items from Startup Menu
Another method to increase Macbook’s performance is by reducing the number of applications in the startup menu. In fact, you may want to remove everything from that list.
Go to System Preferences, select Users and Groups. Log in to your profile and click on Login Items. Untick boxes from apps that are on the list. The next time you start the computer, it will load up faster because there are no apps that are launching together with it.
Tip #6 – Limit Visuals
Visuals are great, but looking from a pragmatic point of view, they serve no real purpose. Focus on efficiency and shut some of the visuals off to improve the performance.
You will find transparency settings in the Display tab. Reduce that. Also, go to Dock via System Preferences and uncheck the boxes from these sections:
- Automatically Hide and Show Dock
- Animate Opening Applications
Tip #7 – Optimize Activity Monitor
Activity Monitor helps in sorting out processes that consume the most resources and burden the CPU usage. If you have heavy consumers running in the background and they should not be there, shut them off.
Tip #8 – Get Rid of Browser Extensions (mention multiple tabs as well)
Browsers are usually open all the time when we are using a computer. What some people fail to realize is how much computer resources Safari, Chrome, Opera, or Firefox consume. And the situation becomes worse if you have multiple add-ons and extensions installed.
Consider going through add-ons and extensions on the browser you are using and reduce the number. It may be nice to have some features, but if it is at the cost of the Macbook’s performance, it is not worth having so many extensions installed.
Also, limit the number of tabs you have opened at the same time. The more tabs you have open, the more resources they consume as well.
Tip #9 – Clean Dirt and Dust Inside
Not all problems stem from the processes and technology of the computer. Dust and dirt collect over time and if you are not careful, you could end up with not just a drop in performance, but constant overheating.
Cleaning all the dust and dirt should be part of your computer maintenance routine. Do a thorough job and ensure that it is a habit, not a one-time chore.