MacBook Air Slow? Speed It Up in 2018.

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If Your MacBook Air is Running Slow, Make 2018 Your Speediest Year Yet

We’ve been known for years now as the “speed up Mac” blog. We keep on top of the latest adjustments to Mac software and hardware and deliver them straight to you. Our goal is always to prevent your MacBook air running slow and keep you working hard through the day and night.

Here’s the latest for 2018:

You Need to Install the Latest and Greatest macOS High Sierra Update

After months in beta, macOS High Sierra released to a wider audience at the end of September 2017. If you were running macOS Sierra previously, you won’t see too much difference once you upgrade. Most of the upgrades are “under the hood.” For example, High Sierra ditches Apple’s historic file system and uses a new system creatively known as the Apple File System (APFS). The are also small updates to Notes and support for external virtual reality headsets and graphics-processing units.

However unexciting those “under the hood” updates may feel, they can dramatically improve your Mac’s speed and overall performance. Be sure to keep up with the version updates as Apple releases them. Any new software has bugs and the updates help keep your machine in good working order.

Ready to upgrade to macOS High Sierra? Read about our 4 must-dos before you upgrade. And check out MacPaw’s 3 Getting Ready for macOS High Sierra steps.

Select Mac Cleaning Software (And Run it Regularly)

We recommend CleanMyMac 3 (which you can download and try out for free!).

A basic CleanMyMac 3 scan runs through the following items: system junk, photo junk, mail attachments, iTunes junk, and trash bins. It cleans up each of these areas creating more space on your hard drive and speeding up your Mac. It also identifies files on your hard drive that are particularly large and/or old, allowing you to make cleaning decisions on these individual items.

My first scan with CleanMyMac 3 cleared up over 10 GB of space. It also identified nearly 12 GB of large and old files for me to review. And at its conclusion, it succinctly reported its actions, without asking me to investigate complex technical issues like my PC software had done back in the day.

The whole scan and review process took about 5-10 minutes and it ran in the background while I worked.

Check Your Available Storage and Clean Up Your Digital Life

Because I had such a great experience with Clean My Mac 3 and Gemini 2, I purchased the programs. I now use their automated features to regularly review and clean my Mac. It’s like running a Roomba. Most tasks are on autopilot and I can just do a simple review of the activities.

I also updated my Mac to the latest macOS and keep it updated whenever a new update or macOS releases. These updates have critical impacts on your computer performance.

Finally, I set aside one day at the end of each month to organize my digital life: I move my files and categorize them within my created file structure. It usually takes no more than 10 minutes. I have an external hard drive that helps me keep life organized.

As with the minimizing and organizing the physical items in my life, cleaning up the digital parts of my life dramatically impact my day-to-day experiences.

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Kylie Larson is a content wrangler, helping both small businesses and large organizations get their message up and out. When she's not writing and organizing online, you'll find her walking the dog, with a camera in hand, riding the Chicago blue line, and in the midst of a home renovation project that never ends. Connect with her at KylieLarson.com.

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