MacBook Running Slow? Experts Share These 3 Tips to Speed It Up
Though MacBooks are known for their seamless and smooth performance, they aren’t flawless. Just like any other laptops, Apple notebooks also require extra care and timely upgrade to keep running with the desired flair. That said, what if you find your Mac running too slow to meet the demand of your workflow? Bother not, this is where these pro tips and tricks can help you speed up your MacBook.
So, What Causes a MacBook to Become Sluggish?
There are multiple reasons why your macOS device may become sluggish. For instance, it could be due to cluttered storage, outdated macOS version, and even old components like SSD or HDD. Yeah, you’ve guessed it! The devil could be in both hardware and software. So, we are going to take a look at all the possible factors that may be causing your notebook to lag and offer up ways to fix them.
1. Use Activity Monitor to Track Down All the Resource-Hogging Apps
Believe it or not, some apps like Google Chrome hog a lot of system resources. And if you fail to stop them from hogging important resources like CPU, memory, and energy, your Mac will slow down drastically and may even drain the battery faster. Not to mention, it may also trigger the overheating issue.
So, what’s the better way to keep a track of the resource-hogging apps on Mac? Well, the built-in Activity Monitor app makes it pretty easy to track down how crucial resources are being used by apps. So, fire up the Activity Monitor app by using the Spotlight search and then dive into respective categories like CPU, memory, energy, network, and disk to check out which apps are overusing them.
If you find some apps overusing the system resources of your macOS device, update them all. And if need be, do not fail to delete those power-hungry applications
2. Declutter Your Mac by Wiping Out Redundant Files and Useless Apps
If you don’t delete useless files and redundant apps frequently, chances are pretty high that your MacBook could be cluttered for space. And this could most probably be the reason why it’s lagging. Thankfully, macOS lets you check out how much storage respective categories like apps, documents, messages, and photos have captured so that you can easily spot the culprits and get rid of them.
Step #1. Click on the Apple menu at the top right corner -> About This Mac.
Step #2. Now, ensure that the Storage tab is selected. You should see the available Storage on your Mac. Click on Manage.
Step #3. Under the Recommendations section, you should see the amount of storage consumed by apps, bin, messages, and others. Now, dive into each category, and wipe out everything that you don’t need anymore.
Besides, check out the option to store all the files, photos, messages, and other items in iCloud and save space by keeping the optimized photos and recent files. Also, take note of the Optimise Storage option that allows you to save space by automatically deleting all the movies and TV shows you have already watched – including your Apple TV+ goodies.
3. Update macOS
Keeping macOS updated can go a long way in helping your Mac run faster. If you hadn’t updated macOS on your Mac for a while, the outdated version of the software could be behind this chaotic run. So, head into the System Preferences on your Apple notebook -> Software Update and then do the needful as usual.
So, there you go – those were the prime ways through which you can fix your sluggish Mac by taking control of the culprits related to software. But what about the issues concerning the hardware? Well, we are going to talk about them in Part two. So, stay tuned in with us for that as well.
Meanwhile, if you have tried all the above and still cannot get your Mac to speed up, give our MacBook Repair Expert a call. They would be happy to help you out.