Some Macbooks users may encounter problems with their computer performance after a while. This usually happens because they fail to maintain the laptop properly. And when the stuttering and crashing starts, it becomes difficult to finish any work.
Thankfully, there are ways to salvage the situation and boost the performance of your Macbook again. Apply this article’s tips and create a Macbook maintenance strategy.
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Tip #1 – Declutter Desktop
Desktop clutter is not a pretty sight, nor does it help with one’s computer’s speed. It may be more convenient to keep the icons of your favorite apps on the desktop and access them without navigating through folders, but this convenience sacrifices the computer’s speed.
You would be better off removing the files from the desktop and relocating them to another location. Keep in mind that the Macbook has to render each icon, particularly when you switch between the desktop and another tab.
Changing the habit is a bit of a challenge, but if you are concerned about the well-being of your Macbook, its desktop should be clutter-free.
Tip #2 – Remove Startup Items
The problem with mac startup items is that they can accumulate quite fast without one realizing. Users rush to install applications and forget to uncheck the box to not include the app in the startup list. Nor do they bother trimming up the startup list manually.
An overabundance of startup items slows down the computer, especially when you restart it to prevent memory leaks. It is annoying when you have to wait for some random applications to load every time.
Go to the System Preferences tab and click on Users and Groups. Select your profile and log in. You will see the list of startup applications. Uncheck boxes next to them. The computer will save the changes. You will not have to wait for so long for the laptop to load the next time you restart it.
Tip #3 – Clear Space on Hard Drive
Avoid ending in a situation when there are only a few gigabytes of free storage on the Macbook’s hard drive. In case you are one of the people who prefer to hoard data on the computer, changing some things will be necessary.
For starters, get a cleanup utility tool and get rid of temporary data like backups, app extensions, and cache. Try to avoid installing useless applications and keep tabs on email attachments and downloads. Avoid downloading media on the laptop if it is available on streaming platforms. Finally, you can transfer some data to external storage devices and cloud services.
Tip #4 – Confirm That Mac Is Malware-Free
Even a seemingly insignificant virus or malware may cause multiple problems, including worse Macbook performance. Confirm that the system is malware-free by initiating a custom scan disk.
Having reliable antivirus software is not always enough to avoid cybersecurity threats. In addition to antivirus, you should also enable the firewall and use virtual private networks when browsing. The latter does more than just protect you from potential hacker attacks. VPNs also provide anonymity and give access to geo-restricted content.
Tip #5 – Limit Visual Effects
The Macbook has a finite amount of resources. And it does not help when you have visual effects like a backlit keyboard or animated opening for the Dock.
Take a more pragmatic approach and remove visual effects that serve no particular purpose other than just looking neat. These gimmicks are a hindrance to the laptop, and you would benefit by getting rid of them.
Tip #6 – Clean Filth Inside
Do not wait before the dust inside the Macbook becomes too much of an issue. The dirt that accumulates quickly will pose a threat to the internal hardware. If the internal fans are making too much noise or the laptop is overheating, it is likely that there is too much filth inside the Macbook.
If you are not confident in yourself and would rather have someone else take the laptop apart and clean it, get in touch with a nearby computer service store and ask if they can do the work for you. It will cost money, but at least you will know that the computer is in good hands.
It is also worth mentioning that an accessory like a cooling pad is also worth considering. Running resource-heavy apps may still be a problem at times for the Macbook’s hardware, and an additional source of cool air would help.
Tip #7 – Manage Installed Apps
Besides deleting redundant apps, you should also remember to close background applications. The Activity Monitor tool allows you to sort processes by energy, memory, and CPU usage.
You can see which apps require the most resources, and if you are not using them, you can quit an app.