Any Mac computer can run slowly (iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air etc). Even with their powerful hardware configurations, Macs have a tendency to slow down once in a while, especially when you compare current performance to how fast it was when you first took it home.
In this post, we will show you some simple but effective tips that will help you speed up your MacBook Pro, so you enjoy your Mac’s full performance capabilities.
MacBook Pro running slow or Your Mac running slow? – Common Fixes
1. Using Mac Cleanup Programs to Clean Up Your MacBook Pro’s Hard Disk, Resulting In Faster Speeds
If your Mac is running slow, a program like CleanMyMac 3 can instantly trim down a bloated hard disk for you, freeing 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. Users have generally experienced a 45% to 60% increase from slow speeds on their MacBook Pro after performing a single scan with this program.
CleanMyMac 3, winner of several prestigious awards, including About.com’s Reader’s Choice Award, is a Mac Utility program that can help to speed up your slow Mac in several ways, as mentioned below. CleanMyMac 3 will also give you a great way to schedule maintenance tasks on your MacBook, keeping it light and speedy.
How CleanMyMac 3 can speed up my slow MacBook Pro and other slow Macs?
- Frees up hard disk space to dramatically improve processor and memory performance
- Uninstalls unnecessary slow 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 with just a click
- Helps you find very large, old personal files and presents them for deletion, allowing to free up even more hard disk space
- 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 Mac never runs slow in the future.
2. Hardware upgrades
Hardware upgrades, though quite expensive, can be the best way to fix a slow MacT. Even if you are on a tight budget, you can still enjoy significant performance improvements by investing in RAM for your MacBook Pro or an SSD for your MacBook Pro.
You are looking at a max of about $200 for 8 GB of RAM and a max of about $400 for a 1 TB SSD upgrade, both of which can significantly improve your MacBook Pro’s performance levels.If you can spare the money, go for the upgrade. 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 an built in piece of hardware called the “System Management Controller”. Most people have never even heard of it! While we won’t get too technical to explain its various functions, we will tell you that running a reset of this controller can sometimes significantly improve the speed of your Mac.
Don’t worry, resetting this controller will not harm your Mac in any way. It won’t even change any of your content or user settings. It just resets the hardware to its original state and in all likelihood,will make your MacBook run faster than before.
How to 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 you press the above mentioned combination of keys, your MacBook Pro should not turn on. If it does, 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 discussed just above, another reset called the PRAM reset has also helped quite a few Macbook owners fix problems on their MacBook Pro, putting an end to the computer running slowly.
Again, like the SMC reset, the PRAM reset will not delete your user generated data when you run it. The only thing you might have to restore after carrying out this reset is probably some system preferences like time, date etc.,stuff that should only take a minute or two at the most.
How to carry out a PRAM reset to fix slow MacBook Pro problems?
- 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. Check for Power Hungry Apps
Sometimes, your Mac’s slow performance can be caused by just one or two apps that are very resource hungry, apps that hog all your processing and memory resources–causing your Mac to run slowly.
To check if your MacBook is being affected by such apps, please carry out the following procedure:
- Go to the Applications Folder
- Select Utilities
- Select Activity Monitor
- Select 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
6. 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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