What Are Some Ways to Improve Your Mac’s Performance?

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You should not have performance issues with your new Macbook. These computers are quite reliable and should work without faults for the most part. Nevertheless, if you encounter some issues, like FPS drops while playing video games or stuttering when loading an application, do not hesitate and take some action.

Even if it is a Mac, it can have some potential performance problems after a while. And there is no need to think about buying a replacement. You can find better ways to manage the situation. 

Way #1 – Disable Visual Effects

There is a link between visual gimmicks like a backlit keyboard or opening animations for apps and a poor Macbook battery lifespan. But it is not just the computer’s battery that suffers. No, the overall performance also plummets if you enable visual effects.

Instead of having the visual gimmicks consume valuable system resources, why not be more pragmatic and disable them? It will help with the battery lifespan and Mac performance.

Way #2 – Get Rid of Potential Malware

Malware and viruses could be the primary reason why you are struggling to use the computer efficiently. Confirm that the system is malware-free by running a custom disk scan. Your antivirus software should be reliable. If it cannot detect and eliminate potential threats right away, you need to change it.

Besides having solid antivirus software, you can boost the Macbook’s cybersecurity by enabling the Firewall and sticking to virtual private networks when surfing the net to ensure safe internet activity. The latter also helps with online privacy. 

Way #3 – Free up HDD Space

Having only a few gigabytes of free storage on your Mac’s hard drive will spell trouble. Some people tend to hoard files on their computers without realizing how much of an issue it becomes. 

These days, it would be better to stick to clouds and streaming platforms. You can transfer data to external storage and consume media on Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, and other similar platforms. 

Doing so will not overburden the Macbook’s drive and allow you to have enough storage for optimal performance. Of course, it would also help if you delete unnecessary files like old downloads and apps you do not need. 

Way #4 – Install OS Updates

Do not be one of those people who are reluctant to get the most recent OS updates because it takes too long to download and install them. 

Even if you need to wait, you should still prioritize the OS updates as they bring the latest features, security patches, and, most importantly, performance and stability improvements. 

Way #5 – Declutter Desktop

Each document and an app shortcut on the Macbook’s desktop requires system resources. When you switch between the desktop and another tab, the system has to process every desktop icon. It should become apparent how much of a toll it puts on the performance.

You could argue that having the most important files on the desktop is more convenient. You do not need to bother with the search feature. Nevertheless, sacrificing the Macbook’s performance for the sake of this slight convenience is not the best approach. It may be difficult at first to adjust to the change, but you should still aim to have a clutter-free Macbook desktop.

Way #6 – Reset the Macbook Regularly

Get in the habit of resetting your Macbook regularly. Do it every couple of hours, and you should notice improvements in the laptop’s performance. 

If you are not that keen to restart the computer because it takes too long to load, make some changes. For example, you can trim up the startup item list so that applications do not load every time you restart the computer. Enabling the auto-login feature could be helpful as well since you do not need to enter the password each time. 

Way #7 – Invest in New Hardware

Not all Macbook models are compatible with hardware additions, nor does every Mac owner have the budget to invest in new hardware. However, if there is an option to make some changes, you should go for it.

Some of the most popular changes including replacing a hard drive with a solid-state drive. Extra memory is also worth giving a shout, particularly given how cheap RAM is these days. Finally, you could consider getting an external graphics processing unit, though it may be a bit too much for some. 

Way #8 – Quit Irrelevant Background Apps

Quitting redundant background apps will free up system resources. If you are uncertain whether there are some apps running in the background, launch the Activity Monitor. Not only will the tool show you currently active processes, but it will also allow you to sort apps by CPU and memory usage, helping you determine which applications require the most system resources.

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