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.
- 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.