Feel like your Mac runs slower than it used to be? Wonder what can you do to keep it at the peak performance? For many Mac novices they may not know how to optimize their laptops in daily life and subsequently some unnecessary issues arise to slow down the speed of OS X operating system. Here are some tips to speed up your Mac.
Tip 1: Manage Startup Programs
If you wanna make Mac boot up instantly, the quickest way is to reduce your startup items. Mac takes more time to boot up if a lot of unnecessary apps need to be loaded.
- Open up System Preferences and choose User & Groups.
- Select your current user account and click on the Login Items tab.
- Select the app you don’t want to launch when you boot your Mac.
- Click on the Minus button to remove it from starting up.
If you just check the Hide box, the app will minimize itself into the dock when it starts. To add a new app into the list, you can drag and drop the app icon from the Finder to the startup list, or click on the Plus button and select it in the file browser.
Tip 2: Uninstall Unneeded Applications
You may notice that some apps take up too much system resource, and some of they are used as frequently as you thought. As time goes by, you Mac will be with applications and files that you no longer need. One of the effective ways of speeding up your Mac is to clean up the unused apps and junk files on the hard disk.
To identify which app uses system resource heavily, you can open Activity Monitor (from Finder > Applications > Utilities), and then end the resource-hungry processes by clicking the X button on the toolbar.
Similarly, if too many apps run in the background and your Mac appears to be running slowly, you may need to close the apps that are not in current use. Just right click on the app icon on the dock and select the Quit option in the list.
To free up disk space effortlessly, you can utilize MacRemover to thoroughly remove those unneeded apps, without worrying if there is any residues left behind. To get more detail about Mac app removal, please click here.
Tip 3: Turn Off Visual Effects
Some people prefer to running OS X without any slowdown or sluggishness, and they may take some acts, like reducing Transparency and Animations. How to modify:
- Go to System Preferences and click on Accessibility icon.
- Click on Display on the left-hand side and check the Reduce transparency option.
- Back to System Preferences window and click on Dock icon.
- Uncheck the boxes of Magnification and Animate opening applications.
- Select Scale effect rather than Genie effect on Minimize windows using option.
Tip 4: Reset System Management Controller
System Management Controller is a subsystem in Mac computers that helps control power management, battery charging, video switching, sleep and wake mode, LED indicators, keyboard backlighting, and a bunch of other stuff. Reset SMC can fix many things like slow performance, Wi-Fi hardware problem and startup issues.
- Plug your Mac laptop into a power source.
- Press and hold Control + Shift + Option + Power at the same time.
- Release the keys and press the Power button to turn it back on.