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If you own a Macbook, there is no doubt that you want it to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. But, over time, your Macbook can start to slow down and become less responsive. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to improve the performance of your Macbook and keep it running optimally.
Increase MacBook performance
The first thing you should check if your Mac is running slow is how much free storage space it has. It’s often recommended that your computer have at least 10% of its total storage free in order to work efficiently, so check to make sure this is the case on your Mac. If not, you can try to delete old files or transfer them to an external drive to clear up some space and potentially speed up the computer.
On top of that, check if any open apps are consuming too many resources or otherwise bogging down your Mac. If you see an app running wild on processing power, close it and see if that improves the performance of your computer. Additionally, depending on how old your Mac is and what type of RAM it has installed, you may want to look into upgrading the RAM for a significant improvement in speed. Finally, make sure to restart your computer regularly as this has also been known to give a boost in performance.
Restart your Mac
If your Mac has started to slow down, one of the best solutions is to restart. Doing this allows your operating system to flush out system caches and close any programs not currently being used. This can help speed up your Mac and get it running like new again. Restarting also allows for changes in settings or updates to take full effect as well as any other software fixes that you have installed.
In addition, regularly restarting your Mac can prevent any performance issues from appearing down the line. This can be especially helpful when trying to avoid unexpected bugs that may have gone unnoticed during regular use while leaving the computer on all the time. Additionally, a proper restart helps ensure background tasks have been completed and security updates are active before resuming work with the computer once again.
Update your software
Every day, the software development industry is making updates, patches and general improvements to the technology we use. These updates are necessary for everything from computers to smartphones, but one of the most important aspects of maintaining our machines is updating our software.
Regularly updating all installed apps on your macOS computer is recommended. This can be done easily by accessing System Preferences and clicking on Software Update. To initiate a software update, locate the Apple icon and select the option for Software Update. Once you’ve accessed this feature, your Mac will check for new updates then prompt you with instructions of how to install them if they’re available. Through regular software updates you’ll have access to better security features, bug fixes and other performance enhancements that help keep your device running its best.
Ensure that there is sufficient available space
It’s important to make sure you have enough free space on your Mac in order to keep its performance at an optimal level. This is because the Mac needs enough room to write and read its swap files, which makes having some empty drive space essential. One issue that arises when talking about making sure there is enough free space is the topic of defragmenting a Mac, but fortunately this should no longer be necessary, as macOS has built-in safeguards that ensure files don’t become fragmented in the first place. This is probably why there isn’t an option for defragmenting a disk space within Disk Utility—it has been built into more recent versions of macOS such that it’s not even necessary to think about it. However, if you do find yourself running out of space on your Mac more often than you would like, then consider deleting unnecessary files or even investing in external storage for large files and back-ups. Taking these steps can help keep your Mac working as smoothly as possible for much longer.
Check MacBook’s health
Keeping your Mac computer healthy is important for its performance boost and longevity. Fortunately, with the help of Apple’s Disk Utility program, you can check the health of your Mac in a few simple steps. To assess the status of your Mac using Disk Utility, first open the application located in your Applications/Utilities folder. Once opened, select your startup drive from the list on the left corner of the interface. Then click on the First Aid tab to see further information regarding any errors or issues affecting the health of your drive and follow any advice given by this page for remediation.
In most cases following these instructions will solve any glitches or issues affecting your Mac. If these fixes aren’t working however then you should make sure that there’s no underlying problem causing them by fully checking on it’s health with Disk Utility. Good maintenance practices such as this keep your Mac running smoothly and can also give you peace-of-mind knowing that you are keeping everything up to date and running optimally.
Delete old and large files
In today’s increasingly digital world, it has become more and more important to know how to mange large-sized files. One quick way of a doing this is by deleting older or larger files that are no longer required or necessary. This can be done through the Finder in Mac OS X, where you can switch between Recents (or ‘All My Files’ in older versions) to quickly sort your files by date or size. By sorting your files by size you’re able to delete the largest ones first, followed selecting old files for deletion if need be.
By making these deletions it’s possible to lessen the amount of storage space taken up on your machine, reducing clutter and keeping more essential items closer at hand. Having efficient folder management means finding items doesn’t take as long due to unnecessary bloat being removed from your system – freeing up time and preventing those slower moments when resources can be strained from having too much running at once. Deleting old or large files is only one part of maintaining solid folder structure for increased efficiency.
Remove unwanted apps and programs
Sometimes our systems start to feel a bit sluggish and crowded due to having too many applications installed. In order to keep your Mac running smoothly, it is important to remove any apps or programs you no longer use. A useful tool for this purpose is Foundry, which enables you to uninstall an application along with all its associated files and settings. Likewise, CleanMyMac X can be used to identify how much hard drive space apps are consuming and when you last used them for the purposes of easy deleting.
You can also reclaim precious memory by removing widgets from Notification Centre using the clock and date at the top right of your screen or the bullet icon on older versions of macOS. Using this approach you can de-clutter your system with ease, freeing up more storage capacity in the process.
Empty your Mac’s Caches
Your Mac comes with numerous caches and these are an important part of keeping your computer running optimally. Caches are basically small data sets that are stored on the hard drive; their purpose is to store commonly used data so that it can be accessed more quickly the next time you need it. However, over time, these caches can become overloaded with too much redundant or unnecessary data and cause a decrease in system performance. Therefore, it’s important to regularly empty out your Mac’s cache files in order to keep your machine running fast and efficiently.
One of the most effective ways to do this is by using a tool like Foundry. This powerful utility makes it easy to identify which caches are taking up too much space, allowing you to selectively remove any undesired items in just a few clicks. Additionally, Foundry also provides control over certain other aspects of your Mac such as optimizing battery life and managing unused files automatically, making sure that everything runs optimally all the time. So if you’re looking for an efficient way to eliminate any unnecessary cache files from cluttering up your system, then Foundry should definitely be at the top of your list.
Free up RAM
The Foundry is an important tool when it comes to managing the memory on a Mac. While in the past adding more RAM was the go-to solution for improving performance, for modern day macOS users, this option is no longer available. For example, M1 and M2 chips found on newer systems have their memory built onto the chip and as such cannot be upgraded as easily as older models – like a 27-inch iMac which is relatively straightforward.
So instead of upping RAM, another effective option is freeing up already existing RAM by restarting your computer or by following some basic steps outlined in our guide ‘How to free up memory (RAM) on a Mac’. Restarting your system quickly and effectively clears RAM by closing all open applications and processes thus freeing up valuable system resources that can be used elsewhere. If you’re looking for alternative ways to free up your Mac’s RAM without having to restart, you could also consider emptying caches or quitting heavy apps that are eating up your memory resources in the background.
In conclusion, there are a few simple steps you can take to improve the performance of your MacBook. Firstly, make sure to uninstall any programs or applications you no longer use in order to free up storage space. Secondly, empty out your Mac’s caches using a tool like Foundry in order to keep your machine running optimally. Thirdly, restart your system or follow some basic steps outlined in our guide ‘How to free up memory (RAM) on a Mac’ in order to clear RAM and reclaim valuable system resources. Finally, consider quitting heavy apps that are consuming too much of your RAM in the background. Taking these steps should help you keep your Mac running smoothly and efficiently for years to come.
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