Editors note: this post was originally published in August 2015 and was updated in February 2017 to reflect new reviews and experiences.
The whole point of having a MacBook Air is to have a snappy computer that boots and allows you to do your work on the go. A slow MacBook Air can put a damper on your portable computing experience. There’s a lot you can do to fix your issues with a slow MacBook Air!
1. Try software optimization programs to speed up your MacBook Air
2. Reset your MacBook Air
Once in a while, your MacBook Air needs a reset. We’re not talking about a full system wipe. Instead we are refreshing particular hardware components that control your Macbook Air. These are always good options and they should help all your computer’s parts work in sync with each other and speed up performance.
Basic reset by restarting
If you are one of those Mac users that never shuts down your Mac, it’s time you restarted your MacBook Air. A simple restart can sometimes do wonders for your MacBook Air. You can restart by clicking on the Apple Icon and then by clicking on “Restart”, from the drop down menu.
- Shut down your MacBook Air
- Wait till all processes are closed and the MacBook Air is completely shut down (off)
- Press the Power button and the following buttons IMMEDIATELY after pressing the Power button: Command + Option + P + R
- If you pressed the above sequence correctly, you would have heard a two tone startup sound
- Your PRAM reset is complete
- Turn off your MacBook Air
- Plug your power adapter to the wall outlet (or power strip) and make sure the power cord is also connected to your MacBook Air
- Press the following keys in combination (all at the same time): Left Shift + Control + Option + Power Button
- Release all the keys
- Press Power button again, to restart your MacBook Air with a successful SMC reset
3. Low on disk space?
4. Install OS X on a SSD
5. Repair Disk on your MacBook Air
- Restart your Mac
- When you hear the startup chime press Command + R
- Release the keys when you see the Apple logo
- Disk Utility > Continue
- Select Disk for repair
- Click First Aid
- Click Run
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