Any Apple computer will start to slow down over time. The most powerful computers of yesterday sometimes can’t hold up in the modern world. Every computer will slow down, but there are steps you can take to help make your computer as fast as the day you bought it.
We’ve compiled some simple but effective tips that will help you speed up your MacBook Pro so you can enjoy a fast and smooth computing experience.
Is your Macbook Pro running slow? Here are some things to try:
1. Use programs to speed up your older Mac computer
Programs like CleanMyMac 3 can instantly trim down a bloated hard disk and free up several GBs of hard disk space in just a few minutes. You’re able to diagnose and fix problems with just a few clicks. Some users have reported a 45% to 60% speed increase after running the program.
CleanMyMac 3 is the winner of several prestigious awards, including About.com’s Reader’s Choice Award. It’s a system maintenance program that can help clean up the junk that builds up over time on your computer– CleanMyMac 3 gives you a great way to schedule maintenance on your MacBook, keeping everything running smoothly.
How CleanMyMac 3 can speed up my slow MacBook Pro and other slow Macs?
- Frees up hard disk space to dramatically 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 that can all lead to a faster running MacBook Pro
Not only will CleanMyMac 3 allow you to speed up your MacBook Pro, it can also be used as highly efficient and intuitive maintenance solution to ensure that your computer lasts for as long as possible.
2. Hardware upgrades
Hardware upgrades, though quite expensive, can be the best way to fix a slow Mac. Software tweaks and changes can make a big difference, but sometimes this isn’t enough. Upgrading system hardware can lead to significant performance improvements– check out our guides on RAM for your MacBook Pro or an SSD for your MacBook Pro.
You’re looking at a max of about $150-$200 for an extra 8 GB of RAM and a max of about $300 – $400 (They go on sale fairly often!) for a 1 TB SSD upgrade, both of which can significantly improve your MacBook Pro’s performance levels.
Both components can be very worthwhile upgrades. Your computer’s hard drive is often the slowest component, so an SSD will make a huge difference in boot times and program launch speeds. Check your average RAM usage before buying an upgrade– if you aren’t using a lot of RAM than buying more won’t speed up your computer.
Go for the upgrades if you have room in your budget– especially if you’re looking to get an SSD. There simply is no better way to speed up your MacBook Pro. Here’s a good Lifehacker article that talks about what all can be upgraded on your MacBook Pro.
3. Resetting the System Management Controller
Every MacBook Pro has a piece of hardware called the “System Management Controller”. Most people have never even heard of it! Running a reset of this controller can return your Mac to previous levels of performance.
The System Management Controller is a computer component that coordinates battery and heat management, LED lights, and other parts of the hardware. Resetting the SMC allows you to re-balance all of these factors and have your computer running
Don’t worry, resetting this controller will not harm your Mac in any way. This won’t delete your content or user settings. It just resets the hardware to its original state help your computer run more smoothly.
How do you reset your MacBook Pro’s System Management Controller?
- Turn off your MacBook Pro
- Plug in your MacBook Pro’s power cord into the wall socket
- Now, hold down the Left Shift + Option + Control + Power Button, simultaneously, for 10 seconds
- When you do the above, your Mac won’t power on but a reset will be registered
- Release all keys after 10 seconds and turn on and run your MacBook Pro like you normally do
- Your MacBook Pro’s slow performance should be fixed!
Please note that when doing this, your MacBook Pro should not turn on. If it turns on, you probably didn’t press one of the keys properly. Do it again until you are able to press down all mentioned keys for 10 seconds without powering up your MacBook Pro.
4. PRAM Reset (Updated on 7, April 2015)
Just like the SMC reset ,resetting the PRAM (Parameter RAM) has also helped quite a few Macbook owners fix problems on their MacBook Pro, putting an end to their computer problems.
Resetting your PRAM will not delete the data on your hard drive– the only things you might have to restore after carrying out this reset are system preferences like time, date, and mouse settings. This shouldn’t take too long.
How do I reset my PRAM?
- Shut down your MacBook Pro
- Press the power button
- Press Command + Option + P + R in combination, all at the same time, before you see the grey startup screen
- Press and hold until your MacBook Pro restarts
- Release the keys when you hear the familiar startup chime sound that your MacBook Pro makes when it starts up
- Your PRAM reset should be complete
5. Try some Apps
This is less of a way to speed up your Mac, and more of a way to speed up your workflow. Here are some good picks:
Wunderlist is a fairly simple, yet extremely helpful, list-keeping app available for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. It’s a great way to keep your life organized– grocery lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, or anything else you might need. Set up all-inclusive to-do lists and you’ll never forget a portion of a big project again. Any.Do is another good option with similar functionality.
Pomodoro One is an app that uses something called the “Pomodoro Method” to help boost your productivity. The Pomodoro Method is the idea of working in 25-minute bursts with short breaks in between spurts of working. Pomodoro One handles everything for you, and you should see a boost in your productivity after you start using the app.
Focusbar helps you pay attention to the task at hand. Today’s world is one of constant distraction with emails, texts, notifications, and funny cat videos to keep you occupied. Simply type in your task at hand into Focusbar and it’ll gently remind you to stay on task whenever you procrastinate with Facebook or YouTube. This is a great way to help you tune out all distractions and get your work done as quickly as possible.
6. Check for Power Hungry Apps
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:
- Go to the Applications Folder
- Select Utilities
- Select Activity Monitor
- Select the CPU tab, shown at the bottom
- Check the % Idle statistic
- If your % Idle statistic is always less than 60% or 50%, some of the apps you are using are using up way too much memory than what is normal
- Check the list of active apps to see which apps are the culprits, the culprits that are slowing down your MacBook Pro
- Uninstall thise apps. If you need the apps, look for an alternative apps that are more compatible to run on your MacBook Pro. You can also try re-installing that app to see if it will consume less resources after a re-install
7. De-Clutter Your Desktop
Searching through a cluttered desktop can be a nightmare. Having a ton of icons doesn’t harm your computer’s performance, but it makes it much more difficult to organize your work. Looking at a disheveled desktop when you launch your computer can start your workday on a stressed-out note.
Try to limit your desktop to around 10 or 15 icons. As for all the remaining ones, try to organize them into folders or keep files within the computer’s filesystem.
We hope this post helped you find at least some answers to the question; “Why is my Mac running slow!?” If you have any personal tips, strategies or advice that you used to speed up your MacBook Pro, please share them with us. We would love to hear from you! Use the comment box below to get involved!
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