How to Speed Up Your Mac at Startup

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Startup is slowing you down? Take these quick steps.

When you start your Mac, you are also starting up many of its applications. Even if you don’t see applications running when you hit the power button, many items begin to run in the background. These running items at start up slow down the startup process and they are a drag on your machine’s performance the entire time its running.

Manage your Startup Items

Make your Mac feel fresh again and give your macOS a boost so that it runs faster by intentionally managing your startup items. To see what’s running in the background from the moment you turn your computer on, take the following steps:

  • Go to your System Preferences > Users & Groups
  • Click on your username
  • Click on Login Items
  • Click on the name of any apps you don’t need to launch during startup and then click the “-” symbol l

The fewer applications you run automatically the faster your Mac will perform throughout its lifetime.

Automate Your Mac Maintenance

You should do a manual review of your startup items for time to time, but you can also automate a good deal of your Mac cleaning and maintenance with CleanMyMac 3. The program regularly checks for unnecessary apps and alerts you to drags on your machine.

You can download CleanMyMac 3 and run it for free for a trial period.

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