The problem of having a slow MacBook is quite clear. If you struggle to make the most out of your computer, you are likely to fall behind on your work assignments. Besides, for someone who enjoys playing video games, FPS drops and constant crashing are also a hindrance to the overall experience.
MacBooks are reliable for the most part, but even they tend to drop down in speed after some time. Not to mention that some people fail to take proper care of their computers.
Investing money and buying a new Mac is an option, but there is a better, more reasonable approach. And that would be creating a proper maintenance routine that will keep your MacBook in good condition.
Disable Visual Gimmicks
Visual effects are a hindrance, and they should be one of the first things you need to take care of (provided that you have them enabled in the first place).
Gimmicks like backlit keyboards or openings for some apps offer no real value. If anything, these visual effects consume valuable system resources that the MacBook could utilize more efficiently.
You do not really need to keep visual gimmicks enabled. Get rid of them, and you should notice improvements in the MacBook’s performance.
Get Rid of Drive Clutter
If your Mac is relatively old, it is likely that there is a lot of junk in its drive. Temporary system backups, app caches, plugins, and extensions are a few examples of what is known as other Mac storage.
Besides these temporary files, you will also need to check the downloads folder and delete files that have become useless. A similar thing can be said about applications – you should remove the ones you no longer need.
Of course, the MacBook drive management strategy does not have to revolve just around deleting data. You can also take advantage of cloud services like Dropbox and iCloud and transfer files there.
Some other great recommendations to free up Mac’s drive storage would be sticking to streaming platforms instead of consuming media directly on the computer. Movie and TV show files are quite large and they could be one of the primary reasons why you are struggling to have enough free space on your Mac’s disk.
Scan for Potential Malware
While macOS is not as prone to cybersecurity threats when compared to other operating systems, you should not underestimate how much of a problem malware and viruses can cause.
Having a single corrupted file is enough to make a difference. And sometimes, your default antivirus software (which is XProtect, in this case) is not reliable to find and remove these corrupted files.
Thus, you should consider installing reliable antivirus software. Look at reviews online or ask tech-savvy people you know who might help you.
In case you want to improve your cybersecurity even more, invest in a virtual private network. A service like that is great when it comes to both anonymity and online security.
Not everyone is keen to prioritize macOS updates. Some of them take too long to download and install. However, each time you delay a macOS update, you are potentially losing on performance improvements.
The OS developers are looking to introduce new features in addition to adding the latest security measures to prevent the most recent threats. But it is also worth pointing out that most operating system updates improve the overall performance. Therefore, not running the latest OS versions means that your MacBook is not performing optimally.
Are you in the habit of keeping app shortcuts and important documents on the desktop? If so, you should get rid of this habit as soon as possible. Each desktop icon requires rendering when switching between the Macbook’s desktop and other tabs. And the more icons there are, the worse off your laptop will be.
You may find it harder to keep files on a location other than the desktop, but that should be inevitable if you want to prioritize computer performance.
Invest in a Cooling Pad
A cooling pad could be a good investment, especially if you notice that your Mac is overheating; or that the sound coming from the internal fans is too loud.
At the same time, a cooling pad would be even more efficient if you were to remove the filth inside the MacBook. The dust on the internal hardware could cause major problems to the hardware itself. If you are not confident to take the laptop apart and remove the dust yourself, take the MacBook to a computer service store and ask for some professional assistance.
Add New Hardware
An old MacBook could use new hardware. If your model is compatible with hardware changes and you have some money to spare, you could consider the following:
- replace HDD with SSD
- add extra RAM
- get an external GPU
Either of these three is a good idea if you are looking to get even more out of your Mac performance-wise. Also, if you are not in a hurry, why not wait for a holiday season when computer components, including hardware, are on sale?