Do you have a Macbook that has been underperforming recently? If that is the case, you may start thinking about a replacement. While buying a new computer is a solid option, there are cheaper alternatives.
Your Mac may have been lackluster because you have not been properly caring for it. It may come as a surprise, but you could potentially improve the performance without spending any money, maybe with the exception of adding new hardware like RAM or replacing your current HDD with a solid-state drive.
Consider this post as a reference that helps you boost your Macbook’s performance. Follow the steps and see which of the methods help.
Step #1 – Close Background Applications
It is easy to lose track of how many background applications you have. For one thing, some users do not bother clearing their startup app list and forget about applications running in the background. Others do not close apps properly when they are finished with them.
You need to pay close attention to Activity Monitor. Sort the processes in the tool and see which applications are resource-heavy. Perhaps you can trim the list and remove ones you no longer need?
Looking for better alternatives is also a sound option. For example, there are a lot of different internet browsers. Your current browser might not be the best option as it is consuming too many resources, and not because you installed too many extensions or failed to clear browser cache regularly.
Step #2 – Delete Unnecessary Data
Freeing up the hard drive should be one of the priorities. Macbooks are not the best when it comes to providing a lot of storage space on their HDDs. Moreover, the trend of switching to SSDs for the sake of improving performance speed does not help with storage either.
You need to have more than just a few gigabytes of free space. Otherwise, do not expect that your Macbook will run optimally.
Delete files you no longer need. Old applications, downloads, email attachments, duplicate files, temporary system backups, and language pack data are a few examples. You can also transfer some files to external storage devices and cloud services. Finally, if you consume a lot of media, why not subscribe to services like Netflix and Spotify so you can access TV shows, movies, and music without downloading the files to your computer?
Step #3 – Declutter Desktop
A cluttered desktop is a problem that should not be happening in the first place. Do not get in the habit of keeping your files on the desktop. Instead, have them organized in other folders. Your desktop should be clutter-free. If it is not, then you will struggle with performance a lot. It will take longer for the computer system to load applications or the computer itself after you restart it. The battery life will also improve noticeably if you declutter the Macbook desktop.
Step #4 – Improve Macbook’s Security
Cybersecurity threats, like ransomware, phishing, and viruses, are dangerous for multiple reasons. You risk losing personal information and exposing other people’s data if you have it on your computer in addition to dealing with Macbook performance problems.
Make sure that antivirus is always scanning and eliminating potential threats from the computer. You do not want to end up in a position when reinstalling the OS is the only option to get rid of malware and viruses on your computer.
In addition to antivirus, enable the firewall and avoid questionable links that others send you. Also, a virtual private network is a good idea if you want to improve cybersecurity while browsing the internet.
Step #5 – Make Sure the OS Is Updated
Lack of operating system updates can also lead to performance problems. The frequency of updates varies a lot, but you should still keep a closer look at new releases and install them at your earliest convenience.
And speaking of updates, you would benefit a lot by running new versions of applications, not just the OS. Each update introduces changes, adds new features, improves stability, and patches security holes. So no matter how you look at it, using the most recent version is always a good piece of advice to follow.
Step #6 – Clean Dust Inside the Computer
The filth inside the Macbook can become a big problem, especially if you neglect to remove it regularly. It might seem difficult and risky to take the computer apart and remove the dust yourself. If that is the case, take your Macbook to a service store and let the professionals handle it.
If your Macbook is still underperforming and even overheating despite being free of dirt and dust inside, consider buying a cooling pad. The accessory will make the work easier for the internal Macbook fans.