For many Mac users, paying a premium for an Apple device is worth it for several reasons. Macs often have excellent security features that outperform their non-Mac counterparts and still perform quickly even after years of use. For this reason, you may want to know how to solve the slow running Mac.
Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to improve your Mac’s performance and make it look new. Here are different methods you can try to fix a slow Mac.
- Eliminate the resource-consuming process
Some apps or processes can take up much of your Mac’s CPU power, preventing other functions from running efficiently. To check what is causing excessive CPU load, go to Activity Monitor.
To open Activity Monitor, open Spotlight (Command + Space) and type Activity Monitor.
You can also open any Finder window and search for Activity Monitor. When you open the Activity Monitor, click on the CPU tab and select the %CPU drop-down to see the processes with the highest CPU usage. Operations will continue to move up, and down the list, so it’s best to watch Activity Monitor for a few minutes. Anything that slows down your system will be near or at the top.
You can kill a resource-consuming process by double-clicking on a specific item in the list. In the pop-up window, select Exit.
Check for IOS updates on your Mac
You should keep your Mac updated to prevent cyber criminals from wreaking havoc on your computer. System updates also equip your Mac with enhanced features and better compatibility, keeping it running smoothly.
To check for and install updates on your Mac, follow these easy steps:
Go to the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
Select About This Mac.
Click Software Update. If an update is available, click Update now.
Clean up space from the disk
If you want to speed up your Mac, it needs enough disk space to run efficiently. Your system becomes sluggish when it is nearing its total capacity. To check how much storage is available on your Mac, follow these steps:
- Go to the Apple icon.
- Select About This Mac.
- Click the Archive tab. To free up space on your disk, click the Manage button.
- Store in iCloud. Free up space on your device by transferring your files to cloud storage. To do this, click Store in iCloud and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Optimized storage. Click the Optimize button to remove the movies and TV shows you’ve watched automatically. You can also use this tool to make sure your system stores only recent attachments.
- Automatically empty the Trash. Enabling this tool will automatically open the Trash of items that have been there for more than 30 days.
- Reduce clutter. Use this tool to locate and delete large or unnecessary files quickly. Click Review files and go through each document before deleting them permanently.
It would help if you also considered moving your files to an external hard drive. Your files will be kept safe if your device is infected with malware (yes, even a Mac is infected with malware).
Alternatively, you can also try investing in Mac cleaning software to help you organize things in a simple, easy way.
Clear the background apps
While your Mac is a powerful machine, there are limits to what it can handle simultaneously. Running too many applications simultaneously can slow down your system.
To get your Mac up to speed, make sure no unnecessary apps are running in the background. You can use your dock for a quick check. Open apps have a small dot next to their icon. Right-click each active application, then select Exit.
Check for malware
Some types of malware are designed to slow down your Mac deliberately. In other cases, they indirectly slow down your system by stealing resources and disrupting processes.
You can see malware from malicious websites, email attachments, and file-sharing apps. Hackers are very creative, so no matter how careful you are, you can still accidentally give them access to your Mac.