Find the best way to speedup your Macbook and make it run faster. Every user has very good experience with the new Macbook Pro or Macbook Air. New Macbooks start and shutdown fast and applications installed on the new devices loads fast, run smoothly and avoid delays when compared to the old Macbooks. Many users still wonder what should be done to make their Macs run faster, as it was on the first day. A lot has been written on this topic and each user will have their own tricks, tips and experience. Each user will have their own theories and methods to ensure that their device performs as much as possible. After several years of using Mac, I do not worry a lot about performance because knowing a couple of key points is enough to maximize the system performance.
Why is my Mac so slow ?
This is possibly one of the questions that most ask me. I always answer this with another question, Is the computer boot up slow or the applications run slow ? According to the answer I advise different solutions. To avoid slowdowns during booting we can make certain adjustments, while the second one depends a little on the system hardware and the requirements of each application.
Accelerating Mac Boot Speed
When we start a Mac for the first time or after reinstalling the system it is quite fast, the explanation to this is simple: there is nothing installed. When we install applications many of them add various boot items which causes a slow booting of the Mac as these items consume RAM and CPU in the background.
How to delete start items?
To remove these items you only have to go to Go to System Preferences> Users and Groups> Startup. There you will see all the processes that will start with the booting of Macbooks. There may be applications that you do not need to start always, if so remove them.
The order and cleanliness are good in all walks of life, on your Mac devices as well. If you accumulate many icons on the desktop, do not be surprised that the computer loses speed, the Mac has to load each of these icons individually when it boots. I guess you’ve already done the math: less icons, less to load and therefore a lighter boot.
To clean the desktop simply remove all the icons that you do not use and moves the files and folders to another location, where they do not have to be loaded when starting the Macbook. Forget about animated backgrounds and choose a still image as desktop wallpaper.
Another factor that increases the system start time is the capacity introduced in OS X that allows to restore the state of windows and applications after shutting down the computer. When we shut down the computer without closing the running applications, the system takes a “snapshot” so that when restarting everything is left as it was before shutting down. It takes longer to boot the system depending on the applications as well as the number of them.
To avoid this behavior we have two options: Close all windows and applications before shutting down or Go to System Preferences> General and disable this feature by unchecking the option of Restore windows when closing and re-opening applications in OS X.
Improving the Applications Speed on Mac
The first tricks to boost the run time of applications on your Mac is definitely scratching your pockets and expanding the device’s RAM. Increasing the device’s RAM will definitely help to make your Mack work faster, especially if your Mac is a little behind.
Buying a next-generation SSD disk will benefit your Mac at boot time and while running applications. These SSDs when compared to conventional HDD disks offer more performance and one does not require any kind of adapters, but this has to be done by professionals.
If we can not do these expansions then we must know how to handle the resources. So, if we have several open applications that we are not using, then the best option is to close such applications to free the system from any background processes and release the RAM. To achieve this some users make use of apps like FreeMemory.
In relation to this I always try to control two applications: the Browser and Time Machine. For the first I think we have little to say, having open a large number of tabs is very comfortable but it consumes a lot of RAM. Close the tabs that are not necessary and if there is information that you want to read later make use of applications like Pocket, Instapaper or Safari’s reading list.
Time Machine helps to backup our system and allow us to schedule the copies of backup. Although if at some point we notice that our system is “stuck” we can postpone the current copy for later. Time Machine works very well but there are times when disk readings can affect the performance of applications like video editors that also make heavy use of the disk.
Some antivirus for Mac also make the device yields below its performance as it may require a lot of RAM. We must be aware of the CPU and RAM costs of these types of programs and manage them properly to have a more efficient system.
Clean up Macbook and make your Mac faster
In addition to eliminating (startup programs, desktop icons, ineffective programs and heavy antivirus), we can also add some applications to our Mac to lend a hand in the task of improving the speed of the device. Some OS X cleanup and optimization applications can bring a second spring to our Apple machine.
There is an extensive collection of optimizers, cleaners and maintenance programs. I want to highlight the ones that work best according to my experience.
- CleanMyMac, to eliminate unnecessary files of your Mac.
- CCleaner, to load obsolete files and to delete useless data stored by the execution or the installation of programs.
- Onyx, for effective cleanings and system checks.
- App Zapper, the application specialist to erase utilities in a comfortable and safe way, just by dragging them to the trash.
With these simple details you will get your Macbook to continue working as well as ever. It is evident that any Macbook will not be as fast as it was on the first day (or after re-installation), with zero applications installed and no stored file, but we can tune our system to yield its maximum performance. Finally, if you have some tricks or advice of proven usefulness share them in the comments.