Reasons Your MacBook Air is Slow. (Fix Them Now!)

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The Top Reasons Your MacBook Air is Very Slow

If you’re repeatedly Googling “Macbook Air very slow” then it’s time to take more serious action. Let’s get a solution in place for that very slow MacBook Air that won’t cost you and arm and a leg, but will buy you valuable time with your computer.

Here are the top reasons a MacBook Air runs slow:

1. Your have too much clutter on your laptop.

You’ve downloaded a ton of programs and apps. Plus, you store a lot of music and photos. But you’ve lost track of all the installations and all of your stored materials. It’s digital clutter and it’s overwhelming. If this is the case for you, we recommend installing and running cleaning programs such as CleanMyMac 3 and Gemini 2.

How can CleanMyMac 3 speed up my slow MacBook Air and other slow Macs?

CleanMyMac 3 does the following:

  • Frees up hard disk space to improve system performance
  • Uninstalls programs and apps that you never use
  • Cleans out your startup folder, resulting in faster boot times
  • Cleans up your iPhoto folders, removing photo duplicates and other junk files
  • Helps you to free up disk space by deleting old files that you never use
  • Deletes system junk, cache junk, languages and binary junk

CleanMyMac 3 will speed up your MacBook Pro now. Plus, it is a maintenance solution that ensures your computer lasts for as long as possible.

How can Gemini 2 help my very slow MacBook Air?

Gemini 2 includes the following:

  • The ability to spot similar files and identical duplicates.
  • An analysis of each file by 10+ parameters including file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, and locations.
  • Integration with iTunes and Photos libraries.
  • Smart Selection algorithm, which remembers rules for files removal.
  • Safe file removal and recovery.
  • Session restoration.

2. You Run Power-Hungry Apps on Your MacBook Air

Sometimes it’s not your computer’s fault– you might be using programs that eat up too many system resources. There’s a way to check for these offenders.

To check if your MacBook is being affected by such apps, try this: Applications Folder > Utilities > Activity Monitor >CPU

Check the % Idle statistic. If your statistic is less than 60% or 50%, some of the apps you are using are using up way too much memory.

Check the list of active apps to see which apps are the culprits. Uninstall these apps. If you need the apps, look for an alternative apps that are more compatible to run on your MacBook Pro.

3. You Need to Check Your Wi-Fi Settings

We recommend the following steps:

  • Ensure you’re on a high-speed broadband connection.
  • Reconfigure your wifi by going to System Preferences > Network > Advanced. Delete old wifi networks and reconnect your computer to your preferred network.
  • Reboot your computer and try the wifi again.

4. Your MacBook Air Needs a Disk Repair

Apple gives you a free tool in within the “Disk Utility” section that can repair your Mac’s hard disk. This repair might not always speed up your MacBook Air, but it’s worth a shot.
 
To run  your Disk Repair,
  • 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

Did these solutions work? Tell us about your very slow MacBook Air in the comments! We’re here to help!

About the Author
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 ShorewoodStudio.com.

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