Why is My MacBook Pro Slow? (Fix Your Slow MacBook Pro)

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MacBook Pro Slow? We Have the Fix for That Slow Mac

Because of aging hardware and increasing demands your Mac will slow down over the months and years. It’s inevitable that it won’t feel as zoomy as the day you brought it home. However, you can complete simple maintenance to solve MacBook Pro slow problems.

#1 Tidy Your Hard Drive

The first thing you did when you got your MacBook Pro was load it up with your music, movies, and photos, right? And then you layered on your applications. And over time, you’ve added more and more files.

My guess? You have junk files, duplicate files, and misplaced files all over your hard drive. You can maximize your space and solve your MacBook Pro slow problems withy tidying work. To check your storage space, go to the Apple menu > About This Mac > Storage. The more available storage the faster your MacBook will be.

So, how do you get more storage? We always recommend CleanMyMac 3 and Gemini 2. These programs will remove junk files and help you identify duplicate files. They also get rid of program artifacts (like licensing notes and other tidbits developers add to applications). But don’t worry, they don’t just delete stuff. It will do a quick scan, show you exactly what it recommends, and let you be the boss. It’s sort of like having a Roomba. Amazing.

You can also manually go through your file tree structure and evaluate each file and application in each branch. That’s doable, but who has time for that?

#2 Get the Latest macOS and Updates

Apple releases new OS and updates for a reason: they get better. The updates directly address problems with previous versions. So, if you’re noticing your computer crashes a lot when you’re using Lightroom, for example, Apple might have a fix for that in their latest update. To check for an update go to the App Store and click Updates. If you need to download something, it will tell you.

If you don’t have the lastest OS, or you’re not sure where to start, MacPaw has an excellent step-by-step guide for checking your MacBook OS and installing new software.

#3 You’re Running Programs You Didn’t Even Know You Were Running

Did you know that some applications set to start when you turn on your computer and they run in the background the whole time? Even if they’re not on your screen. To solve MacBook Pro slow problems, you need to make sure you run only what you need.

Tp check your startup programs, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Your Username. Select Login Items. This is everything that starts when you’re computer starts. If you don’t use the program every single time you’re on your computer, it shouldn’t be running. Choose the “-” sign and remove unnecessary applications from startup.

You may also want to look at your Activity Monitor. Get to it from Spotlight or Applications > Other. This will show you which programs are pulling the most CPU. If you see something pulling a high percentage that you don’t recognize, it’s time to track down what’s going on. Clean My Mac 3 does this automatically. Or, you can manually investigate.


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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 ShorewoodStudio.com.

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