30 Jan Boost Your Mac’s Performance With These Five Tips
Pinwheels and beachballs are fun on a warm summer day, but it’s frustrating when you see “The Pinwheel of Death” or “The Spinning Beachball of Death” on your Mac. If your Mac seems slow, here are some tips for helping speed it up. As always, before engaging in any maintenance or upgrades to your Mac, be sure that you’ve backed up your data, which on a Mac, is easier than it sounds. Simply plug in an external hard drive, open Time Machine, and let your Mac do the rest.
Without further ado, here are 5 tips to help speed up your mac.
1. Replace your traditional hard drive with a Solid State Drive (SSD).
Upgrading to an SSD is the single best thing you can do to speed up your Mac. With response times 250 times faster than a hard drive, an SSD can boot your computer in seconds, launch apps faster, and improve overall performance. BONUS: since SSDs have no moving parts, they are also quieter and more reliable than hard drives.
2. Increase your RAM
While you’re having your hard drive replaced, why not take the opportunity to increase your performance even further by adding more RAM to your Mac? Adding RAM increases your performance by allowing you to have more apps open at once without bogging down your computer. You’ll especially see a performance benefit if you are into gaming or photo and video editing. BONUS: We can install RAM instantly, and there’s no labor fee!
3. Declutter your hard drive
Everybody has that room in their house, or that drawer in their kitchen that is full of stuff that you’ve accumulated over the years, but don’t really need or use. We’d be willing to bet that the same thing applies to your computer. Over time, you’ve installed apps and downloaded files that you don’t use anymore. To free up disk space and improve performance, navigate to the Applications folder or the Downloads folder, and drag unused apps and files to the Trash. You can also use the search function in Finder to search for enormous files that may be taking up precious disk space in other locations on your drive.
If you’re having trouble with apps crashing or freezing, you probably need to repair your disk permissions. Each app you have installed is just a package of files that include permissions for how OS X is supposed to interact with those files. Over time, these permissions can change, resulting in unstable apps. Repairing disk permissions basically resets those permissions, and can be done using a built-in tool called Disk Utility.
4. Reduce Login Items
If your Mac seems to take forever to boot, the problem could be that you’ve got too many apps set to open automatically at login. To see what apps you have set to open when you boot your Mac, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups, then click on Login Items. Highlight the apps that you don’t want to open at startup, then click the minus-sign located under the list of apps. Your apps will still be installed on your Mac, they just won’t open at startup anymore.
5. Keep your software up-to-date
New versions of OS X contain performance enhancements and bug fixes that can help keep your Mac running smoothly. Apple also releases security fixes from time to time to keep your Mac safe from hackers. When your Mac sends notifications that updates are available, don’t ignore them! This is one of the easiest ways to keep your Mac in tip-top shape.
If all of this seems overwhelming, don’t panic. Our Certified Mac Technicians are here to help you speed up your Mac.