It is easy to expect that you will encounter next to no problems on your MacBook. When reading reviews, you will see many people praising Macs because of their sleek design, a plethora of available features, and performance.
Then again, for the price one has to pay, you should expect to get a reliable laptop. And more often than not, buyers end up satisfied with the purchase.
Nevertheless, MacBooks are no different from other computers in the sense that they will slow down eventually. The time it takes for applications or the computer itself to load will increase. The battery lifespan is also likely to drop.
Creating a proper computer maintenance routine is an effective way to deal with the MacBook performance problems. And the sooner you establish this routine after getting a Mac, the longer it will run optimally.
Limit Startup Apps
Getting rid of those annoying startup applications is a good start. It is likely that some apps you have installed ended up on the startup item list without you wanting to be there.
Each time you start the MacBook, it takes long for it to load because startup apps have to load with it. And to nobody’s surprise, startup applications take a significant amount of system resources.
To solve the issue, go to the System Preferences, select your profile, and navigate to the Login Items section. There, you will see the list of startup applications. To remove them from the list, uncheck the boxes next to these applications.
The changes will be saved automatically. Restart the computer, and you will see a difference in how long it takes for the MacBook to load.
Declutter the Desktop
A cluttered desktop is also a hindrance to the overall MacBook performance. Some people cannot stop cluttering their Mac’s desktop with documents and app shortcuts. Sure, it might be convenient to have quick access to the most important files, but this convenience sacrifices the computer’s performance.
The more desktop icons there are, the slower your Mac will run. It may be difficult to readjust and change the habit, but if you were to transfer desktop files to another laptop location, you should notice improvements in the performance speed.
Free up Drive’s Space
The lack of drive space is a popular explanation why the MacBook slowed down. Macs are not the best when it comes to available storage, so if someone likes to hoard files on the computer, they are bound to run into this issue.
Freeing up the laptop’s drive space is not that difficult. Here are a few suggestions to help you:
- Get rid of redundant applications, downloads, and other junk files.
- Remove temporary storage like caches and backups using cleanup utility software.
- Transfer data to external HDDs, USB flash drives, and clouds.
- Stick to streaming platforms instead of keeping large media files on the MacBook’s disk.
These four suggestions ought to be enough to keep enough free on your laptop. As a rule of thumb, make sure that at least 10 to 15 percent of total disk storage is free.
Pay Attention to Background Processes
Another important element to focus on is background processes. These processes include visual effects and applications. Disabling the former would do wonders for the MacBook’s battery in addition to speeding up the overall computer speed.
As for the background applications, you can access the list of those using the Activity Monitor. The tool also lets you sort each process by resource usage. Knowing the biggest offenders will make it easier to figure out which background applications are consuming the most energy, memory, and CPU.
Sure, there will be some exceptions. You cannot quit antivirus software (if you have one) or work communication tools. However, when you notice a redundant app running in the background, do not hesitate and close it.
Clean Dust Inside
Cleaning a laptop’s dust can be a bit tricky, particularly when talking about the filth that accumulates inside. For that, you need to take the computer apart, and when you lack the experience, the odds are that you will damage the internal hardware.
It would probably be best to leave the cleaning to professionals. There should be a computer service store that offers laptop cleaning services. Even if you have to pay money for the job, you will rest easy knowing that the MacBook is in good hands and that there should be no potential problems with the hardware after the cleaning is done.
Protect the Computer From Malware
The last thing on the list of malware. All in all, MacBooks are quite secure from most cybersecurity threats, including malware, ransomware, and various viruses.
However, you should still keep tabs on potential threats just to be safe. Even minor malware can snowball out of control and cause significant performance issues for your computer.
Install reliable antivirus software, avoid shady links online, be smarter about your passwords, invest in a virtual private network, and enable the Firewall. Doing these things should prevent potential cybersecurity threats.