Fix your Mac in 10 Minutes

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Macs are great, but they’ll slow down just like any other computer.This post will show you how to fix your slow Mac in 10 minutes or less. We also suggest visiting our more in-depth guide to speeding up a Mac if you have more time on your hands.

How can I speed up my Mac?

 1. Free up disk space

One of the easiest and fastest ways to fix up a Mac is to free up disk space. More free disk space allows for a cleaner and easier user experience. It’s as simple as that. You can use a simple but very effective Apple community approved program like MacKeeper to take care of this for you.

MacKeeper is available for download here. 

The program frees up several gigabytes of disk space in a matter of minutes with a single click. Your Mac will thank you afterwards.

2. Kill resource hungry apps

Some apps might be hogging your Mac’s resources and causing it to run more slowly. Your Mac’s Activity Monitor can show you which apps are using more than their fair share of resources. Try not to use inefficient programs to enjoy a smoother computing experience.

Check these apps, by navigating to to Utilities -> Activity Monitor -> Select apps to kill -> Quit Process

This is a temporary fix, but your Mac should work normally after you restart the app you killed. The app could also just be a huge resource hog in and of itself. If possible, try to replace such power hungry apps with more efficient programs.

3. Speed up your Mac’s boot time

One of the easiest ways to speed up your Mac’s startup time is by slimming down your list of startup  programs. Only the most important programs should start when the computer boots up, otherwise you’re simply wasting time you could be using to be productive.

Go to System Preference -> Users & Groups -> Select Your Username -> Login Items -> Edit this list

We recommend that you remove items that you don’t need to start automatically. Once you have edited this list, restart to speed up your Mac’s boot times.

4. Perform resets

Another easy way to speed up your Mac is to carry out software and hardware resets. These resets do not delete your data. They just reset controllers in your Mac that can potentially lead to faster performance. These fixes are often recommended at the Apple Genius Bar.

5. Upgrade your Mac’s hardware

Upgrading your Mac’s hardware is obviously going to speed it up quite significantly. Upgrading your conventional Hard Drive to a Solid State Drive is one of the best ways to fix up an aging system.

Here’s our guide to the best Solid State Drives on the market right now.

Furthermore, here are good resources from Apple on how to upgrade your hard drive to a SSD and how to upgrade your Mac’s RAM.

6. Upgrade your Mac’s Operating System

Yosemite is the most current version of OS X on the market right now. You’ll be missing out on bug fixes and performance improvements by using any other version of the software. Backup your computer (preferably on an external hard drive) and run the update as soon as possible.

7. Turn off Local Time Machine backup

Time Machine will save its backups on a local disk unless you edit the settings. This doesn’t make a lot of sense because you’re still losing everything if the hard drive dies. Disable local Time Machine backups by doing the following.

Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal -> Type “sudo tmutil disablelocal” -> Enter password if prompted

This move will save you a lot of hard drive space in the future.We don’t recommend local backups, but we do recommend that you backup your computer to a cloud based system or external hard drive on a regular basis. Keeping regular backups allows your to fix your Mac if anything ever goes seriously wrong.

8. Turn off animated effects

Animated effects can make your Mac look cool but they don’t help with performance. These effects make your system work just a bit harder for the same results.

Here are the various ways to do this.

  • Turn off dock animations : System Preferences -> Dock -> Scale Effect -> Disable Animations
  • Turn off window transitions : Install a tool called TinkerTool that will help you turn off Window transitions in OS X Yosemite
  • Turn off iTunes visualizer : Go to iTunes -> Preferences -> Advanced  and turn off Visualizer
  • Quite unnecessary dashboard widgets : Open Dashboard -> Press the Option Key -> Hover the mouse pointer over the widget you wish to close -> Click X on the upper left corner of the widget, to close it -> Rinse and repeat as many times as necessary

9. Uninstall apps that you don’t use

Another sure shot way to speed up your Mac is to uninstall apps that you don’t use. Don’t delete but uninstall such apps. Uninstalling will free up disk space and also remove OS X entries that will help speed up your computer.

MacKeeper, mentioned earlier, can help you populate and select particular apps that you can then uninstall with just a click.

10. Turn off your Mac once in a while

That’s right, you can actually speed up your Mac by just turning it off, instead of putting it to sleep or on hibernate mode all the time. Turning off your computer  allows it to apply some minor updates and resets which won’t happen if you just put it to sleep.

Make it a point to at least completely power off and then restart your Mac about once a week.

These 10 ways to speed up your Mac will surely help you improve the speeds of your Mac, if it hasn’t done so already. We recommend that you take action on all or almost all of these above mentioned suggestions.

MacKeeper is available for download here. 

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About the Author
Michelle, author at Mach Machines. A tech lover and an insatiable latte drinker. Michelle blogs about improving the personal computing experience.

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