Is Your MacBook Air running slow? Try these steps to speed it back up.
Editors note: this post was originally published in August 2015 and was updated in 2017 to reflect new reviews and experiences.
We get it: you expect your MacBook Air is to boot and operate quickly so you can do your work on the go. A slow MacBook Air puts a damper on your work. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to fix issues with a MacBook Air running slow!
Step 1: Make sure you’re running the latest macOS and have the most recent updates
- Open App Store
- Click on Updates in the upper menu
- Download and install any available updates
Step 2: Check Your Disk Space and Clean Your Mac
- Open Apple icon
- Select About this Mac
- Select Storage
- We recommend downloading CleanMyMac 3 from MacPaw.
- We recommend moving large files to an external hard drive.
Step 3: Use Activity Monitor
- Open Activity Monitor
- Select View > All Processes
- Click “% CPU” to sort by the percentage of CPU capability used by each program
This information helps identify programs that may cause your MacBook Air running slow.
Programs that pull high percentages of CPU should not run on startup. To check which programs run at startup,
- Go to System Preferences
- Users & Groups
- Login Items
Remove anything you don’t absolutely need by clicking the check box next to the item and then then minus (-) sign.