How To Speed Up Your Mac: Software

There is nothing more frustrating than a slow computer, specially when it comes to Macs. They are known to have great power management and life expectancy as the hardware and software are designed to work harmoniously.

The fact of the matter is, computers start running slower after a while. Yes, even Macs. Below are a few steps you can take to make sure your computer stays in tip-top condition until you’re ready to upgrade.

Get Rid Of Your Junk Files

Make sure you have more than 10GB of storage on your hard drive. This will increase the performance dramatically by allowing more space for virtual memory. This is where your system uses your hard drive as a fake RAM to speed things up.

You want to delete all unnecessary files. No, not just your trash bin. ALL junk files. This includes your apps’ language files, your system’s dictionaries, cache files, system log files and so on. Locating all these information can be quite difficult, so it’s worthwhile finding a specialised software that can look these files up for you.


Check Your Activity Monitor

This is an absolute life saver when you need speed in a hurry. The Activity Monitor will show you all the processes are running on your machine and you can sort them by the amount of memory they’re consuming. More often than not you’ll find that the first 10-15 items are hugging at least 2-3GB of RAM, which will absolutely kill your system.


Sort the list by memory consumption and overview the top 20-30 items in the list. If your computer is anything like mine, you’ll find that you can free up and east 1GB in a matter of seconds. Just look for any processes that aren’t responding. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t attempt terminating any of the tasks under “Root”. These are your system processes. Don’t mess around with them unless you really know what you’re doing.

Close All Unnecessary Apps

This one is an obvious one, right? You don’t leave your car’s air conditioner on in middle of winter with the windows rolled down. If you do, we need to talk!!

Sometimes it can be hard keeping track of all open applications. It might be useful to press Command+Tab to enter switching mode and while keeping Command down press on any apps you’re not using.


You also need to make sure that the indicator below all open apps are enabled. This way you’ll have a pretty good idea about which apps are open at all times.



Turn The Damn Thing Off

Yes. You need to turn it off every once in a while to allow your system to boot back up with a fresh start. There are certain tasks that your OS performs only during shutdown and boot up. This will also allow your hardware to rest when it’s not needed which can increase the machine’s overall life expectancy.


These are only a few things you can do on the software side to speed up your Mac. There are more involved (geeky) steps that can be taken to deliver amazing results.

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