7 Ways To Boost The Performance Of Your MacBook

7 Ways to Boost the Performance of Your MacBook

Do you long for the days when your Macbook could complete things in a matter of seconds? This post will teach you how to speed up a laggy MacBook.

Do you notice the spinning beach ball on your MacBook more these days? If this is the case, it's a sign that your stalwart Mac has slowed down.

Not long ago, the best solution was to upgrade to more RAM and an SSD. Newer Macs, on the other hand, are more likely to have SSDs. They've also soldered their RAM and SSDs to the motherboard, making upgrades difficult.

You could get a new Mac, but that's a little excessive. Instead, try these seven methods to help your Mac run faster.

1. Make Sure The Caches Are Empty

Caches are little files that are saved to your Mac after you use an app or visit a website. Your Mac will be able to reuse these files if you save them.

Though this can help your Mac run faster, not all programs are compatible with caching. You can verify this for yourself by pressing Command+Shift+G on your keyboard. Type /Library/Caches/ into the newly opened folder.

You'll probably notice cache files taking up terabytes of space. iTunes, Spotify, and your browser are the most likely offenders. You can safely delete any of these files since your Mac will recreate them if necessary.

Of course, going through and removing all of these files can be a time-consuming procedure. Instead, consider utilizing a utility tool like CleanMyMac to handle it for you. Read this macOS tutorial for further information on how to clear your cache.

2. Keep Your Software Up to Date

According to FourCreeds, MacBooks can benefit greatly from software updates. The procedure for updating macOS is, however, dependent on the version of the operating system you're using.

Open your System Preferences if you're on Catalina, Mojave, or later versions. Then go to Software Update and install any updates that your Mac discovers. Select Software Update from the Apple menu if you're using an older version of macOS.

Go to the App Store and select Updates to update your apps. You'll need to update your apps separately if you have any that aren't in the Store. You should notice a “Software Update” option when you click on their software name in the Menu bar.

3. Shut Down Any Apps That Aren't in Use.

Unused programs will be running in the background on most Macs. The more you have, the more memory and processing power your Mac will devote to them.

Look at the Dock at the bottom of your screen to see which programs are running. A dot will appear beneath running programs. If there are no dots visible, go to System Preferences > Dock and select “Show indicator lights for open apps.”
To exit these apps, simply right-click on their icon in the Dock and select Quit. When you right-click an image, you may see a Force Quit option appear. If that's the case, you've probably discovered the source of the problem; problems with certain apps can cause the entire system to slow down.

4. Take Into Account The Synchronizations

Do you use iCloud to sync your files between multiple computers? If this is the case, background syncing of your system may cause significant slowdowns.

The best course of action is to avoid storing huge files on your desktop. Keep specific documents on your iCloud desktop if you require access to them. You'll spend significantly less time waiting for the files you need to sync if you do it this way.

Using iCloud Photos has the same drawbacks. If you don't want to overburden your system, don't open it unless absolutely necessary. If this doesn't work, you could want to disable iCloud Photos on that device.

6. Recognize Memory Hogs

As you may be aware, certain apps require more processing power than others. Occasionally, an app will encounter a problem, leading it to consume more system resources than usual.

Go to Utilities > Activity Monitor to examine which software apps are consuming your resources. Then select Windowed Processes from the View menu. Select the "percent CPU" column in Activity Monitor and click the CPU button to sort your programs.

This will list all of your programs in order of how much CPU they use. You can close apps that are using too much power from this menu. Keep in mind that a program that consumes a lot of energy may need to be updated in order to function more effectively.

6. Take Care of Clutter

When it comes to computer cleaning, dealing with clutter is a pain. The major issue with a MacBook is desktop clutter.

Every file on your desktop has a window with an image in it, as you can see. That image could be a data preview or a software icon. Your Mac needs to store each window in RAM in order to show you what's in it.

This is why having more files on your desktop slows down your Mac. To avoid this, place the files in the appropriate folders (Pictures, Documents, etc.). You can also keep your desktop files in iCloud if you're using Sierra.

7. Restart Frequently

The topic of whether to sleep or shut down has sparked several disagreements among Mac users. Many people still assume that sleeping is the obvious best option.

This is correct in an ideal environment. You may pick up just where you left off by putting your Mac to sleep. Your macOS, on the other hand, will start using swap files as a result of this. When your Mac has too many swap files, it will begin to slow down.


It's preferable to shut down your Mac overnight if you don't have a lot of RAM. You can set your Mac to shut down once backup scripts are executed. It also has the advantage of cleaning the caches.

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