What Can I Do to Speed Up My Mac?

Macs are beloved across the world thanks to its speedy processor and the features it comes with. Over the decade, Macs have been synonymous to the word, Fast. Moreover, the laptop is a favorite among consumers because of the intuitive and user-friendly operating system.

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However, much like any other device or laptop, Macs are also susceptible to slowing down over time. This may be brought about by the outdated processor or the amount of data the unit carries. Thankfully, there are still ways in which you can improve or regain the speed of your Mac.

In this article, we will try to answer the question, “What can I do to speed up my Mac?”. These methods are easy to follow and can be done even by users that do not have much technical knowledge about Macs.  So without further ado, let’s get into the steps.

Ways to Speed Up Mac

1. Locate Resource Hungry Processes

As we all know, different programs require an unusual amount of power to function correctly. With this, you can expect a few apps and programs that hog a considerable amount of energy and resources compared to the others. Because of this, you need to monitor the different applications that consume a significant portion of the power and resources. To do this, you need to go to Activity Monitor, which can be accessed through the utility folder. You can also make use of Spotlight to look for these settings.

The activity monitor feature will reveal the five aspects that are involved in power consumption. These include CPU, RAM, Energy, Disk Space as well as Network Usage. To speed up your Mac, you need to close the processes that take a considerable portion of the CPU power. In Activity Monitor, click on the X button that is placed beside the method you want to be closed.

2. Manage Startup Items

Another simple yet efficient means of speeding up your Mac is by monitoring the apps that load upon Startup. This is an essential step because the bootup process can be affected by the number of applications that load up simultaneously.

Thankfully, you can manage the applications that will load upon Startup. You can do this by navigating through the System Preferences. After this, look for the Users and Groups option. There, you should click on your username. After this, tap on Login items, and there, you can disable applications or programs that load on the Startup.

3. Disable Visual Effects

The third tip we will be teaching you to speed up the performance of your Mac is disabling or minimizing the visual effects. Macs are famous for smooth transitions and visual effects. Sure, they can be very pleasing to the eyes and give your laptop that next level flair, not most laptops can provide. But this feature can significantly slow down the unit.

To disable some visual effects on your Mac, you need to go to System Preferences and then Dock settings. There, you should disable some features by unticking the boxes. The features are “Opening Animations” and “Genie Effect.”  You can also scale down the Genie effects by manipulating the slider.

4. Delete Browser Add ons

Web browsers have been adapting to new technologies. With this, they have incorporated different features which weren’t present before. One of these is the presence of add ons and extensions in browsers. While these tools aid in more convenient and easy browsing of the internet. However, they also tend to slow down Mac’s performance in some way.

Depending on the browser you are using, you can go to the Tools or Settings menu of the browser and then go to extensions and add ons. There you will see a list of add ons that you can disable with the click of the mouse.

5. Reindex Spotlight

Recent Update of the Mac OS also includes some incompatibility issues with Reindex Spotlight. We see a lot of complaints about slowing down whenever the application is turned on. After a few minutes, the system will recover and regain average speed and performance. However, in some cases, the indexing gets caught up, which worsens the situation.

To fix this, you need to go to System Preferences and then Spotlight options. Once there, click on the Privacy tab. After this, you need to move your hard drive to the Privacy options. After this, you can now disable the addition by clicking on the “-“ sign.

6. Decrease Desktop Clutter

Another simple way of improving the speed of your Mac is by reducing the amount of clutter on your desktop. This method relieves the amount of RAM space taken up by removing a few desktop icons. Apple also introduced the desktop stacks, which helps declutter desktops. However, the feature will only work for Mac OS Mojave and later versions. Nevertheless, you can still manually remove desktop icons if you have older OS versions.

7. Empty the Caches

Cache files are remnants of web browser data which are stored temporarily in the system. They help load up previously visited webpages open faster. However, caches can also serve as bloatware and compromise the speed of the CPU. With this, you need to empty or delete the caches.

You can either manually delete the cache or use third-party applications such as CleanMyMac X.

8. Uninstall unused apps

Another simple yet efficient way of improving the speed and performance of your Mac is by uninstalling unused applications. The process might be, but it does have a significant impact on your Mac. You can manually uninstall unused applications through the System Preferences Menu.

9. Update your OS

Manufacturers push out new versions of their OS time to time for an important reason. These new versions exist to adapt to new programs and applications. If your Mac is starting to slow down, the main reason might be an outdated OS. With this, you might need to update your Mac OS. However, it is also worth noting that not all models and units can support the latest Mac OS.

If you have the latest OS yet, you don’t see any improvements with the speed and performance; this might require an update of your hardware. You can also upgrade the device of your Mac, but this is very costly. So if you are still eager to optimize your Mac, you need to prepare to shell out some more cash to see some improvements.


So there you have it, those are some of the methods that you can use to improve the speed of your Mac. Of course, there are more things you can do, but we only highlighted the most natural methods that do not require technical skill and knowledge.