WHY IS MY MAC RUNNING SLOW?

Is your Mac Running slow? My tips on things you can try before calling in the experts.

Whether you have a MacBook Pro, iMac a Mac Mini, they will all begin to slow down with age. Don’t worry though, there are many ways for you to get them back up to speed. Here are some of my best ways to make the first steps at fixing your Mac at home. Some are more effective than others (depending on your OS and hardware) but them a go and take the first steps to making your slow Mac faster.

 

YOUR HARD DRIVE IS GETTING FULL

Nothing slows down a Mac more than a hard drive almost full to capacity. I recommend leaving at least 10% plus the equivalent of your ram free on your main hard disk. The same goes for any external drives too. If you can lighten the load on your Mac, you’re sure to see an increase in speed.

 

Spring clean

So clean up your hard drive, make space by deleting or moving old movie files, pictures, documents to a backup drive. Organising your Desktop, and searching your Mac for old files you don’t need and bin them!

 

STARTUP IS SLOWING YOU DOWN

When you start your Mac, a lot of things load up in the background. Not only do they slow down your startup, but they continue to do so the whole time you’re on your Mac.

 

Manage your Startup Items.

Give your Mac a clean start. When you don’t manage your Startup Items, it’s like making your Mac run a race with an 80kg. backpack — it’s going to take a bit longer for it to get moving, right? Lighten the load on your Mac. Get a fast Mac startup by removing unnecessary apps. Go to your System Preferences > Users & Groups, and then click on your username. Now, click on Login Items, click on the name of an application you don’t need to launch during startup, and then click the “-” symbol located below the list to the left; this will remove the application from the list — the less applications on the list, the better. This should help out a ton with speeding up your slow Mac.

 

TOO MUCH RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND

When you’ve got too many apps running in the background at the same time, your Mac starts to struggle with even simple tasks.

 

Keep an eye on your active apps.

We all like to dart about between different apps during the day but often we only spend a few minutes on some tasks and then leave the app running in the background. This eats up valuable resources and will slow other tasks you’re relying on later. When you’ve finished with an app you don’t intend on using for a while, shut it down and free up some of your memory.

 

Another trick for background tasks

Activity Monitor will help you out a ton with your Mac speed. Quitting background tasks which are taking up your processing power could make a huge difference in speeding up your slow Mac.
For those with more experience open up your Applications folder and then your Utilities folder. Here you’ll find the Activity Monitor, open it. Check out the list of apps and processes that happening on your Mac in real-time. Click on the Memory tab at the top, then the Memory filter at the top of the list; this sorts the programs by the amount of space they’re taking up on your Mac RAM. The higher the number, the more power they need. Stop an app from operating by clicking on the app in the list and then clicking the gray “x” icon located at the top-left corner of the window. Beware though, this is only for the want to be pro’s, don’t quit things unless your sure they are non-essential processes!

 

YOU’VE GOT OLD HARDWARE

Sadly, your Mac may just be too old to fix but more often than not there is an upgrade to bring your computer back to life. When your Mac hardware gets too old, your speed drops drastically but there are some measures you can take.

 

Upgrade your hardware.

You’ve done all the stuff above and your Mac is still running slowly. It’s time to look into upgrading your hardware. Check out my guide  to see what is available in terms of hardware upgrades for your Mac. It does require a little investment but you’re sure to see an increase in speed on your slow Mac and is never going to cost you as much as a brand new machine off the shelf!