Make Your Slowed Down Mac Faster

Apple ‘s Mac is a very compact and lightest notebook. Many people are using Mac because it provides an excellent performance and reliability. Computers and other notebook devices get slow down with the passage of time due to junk files, unused programs, temporary files and lack of RAM etc. The same thing can happen with Mac also. If you feel that your Mac is getting slow and it is taking more time to start any application, then you should notice this thing. There are several reasons behind the slow performance of your Mac device.

Follow these 15 simple tips and tricks to make your Mac run faster.

1. A click away

Cleaning your hard drive is the best and easiest way to speed up your Mac. You need to clean all unnecessary files from your hard drive. You can use CleanMyMac 3 app for cleaning and speed up your Mac. The app cleans and scans every inch of the system, remove large junk quickly. CleanMyMac3 is very for the trial version. Just install the app. The app will clean all caches, uninstall the unused app and create free space on disk space.

2. Mac Task Manager 

You can also use manual approach by using Activity Monitor from the Utility folder. If you do not want to use the CleanMyMac then you can use Activity Monitor, it is a task manager for Mac that shows all the apps and processes that are currently running and engage resources.
Open the app and Click on the CPU and find those processes that are taking a lot of CPU processing power. If you find an app that is not behaving like the normal app then double click on it and then quit the app, you can also uninstall the app. Reading the resources may speed up your Mac temporary.

3. Reduction in Transparency and Animations

Transition animation and transparency effect slow down the performance by using integrated Intel GPU, and this problem is common in older Mac devices. You can improve system performance by reducing them.
Go to System Preferences >Go to Accessibility. Check the option for Reducing Transparency from Display.

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4. Disabling FileVault Disk Encryption

File Vault encrypts the full disk, this option was only available with Mac OS X panther 10.3 and could only apply to a user’s home directory. FileVault disk encryption is enabled by default in OS X Yosemite or Up. This is a good feature in case if your Mac device is stolen, the data will remain safe. But the encryption process uses a lot of resources of the system. You Mac’s boot up or sign in the process can be slow down if the feature is enabled.
Open system Preferences > Go to Security & Privacy and Click on Turn off FileVault.

5. Blocking Startup Programmes

Some apps run and work in the background without knowing you, and use system resources which your Mac slow down. You should block the app from automatically launching and startup. This makes boot up process slow down.
Go to System Preferences >Click on User & Groups.
Go to your Current Account > Select Login Items. Uncheck all those apps which you don’t want to launch at startup.

6. Stopping Spotlight Indexing

Spotlight search reindexes entire file system and manual resources get involved in this reindexing.
You can disable the Spotlight indexing using Terminal command.
Open Terminal and paste following command.
do launchctl unload -w
Enter your password now. 
To re-enable Spotlight indexing, enter the following command in Terminal.
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

7. Stopping Photos Indexing

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MacOS Sierra provides facial recognition features in the Photos App. Although this is a great feature from security and privacy aspect but not so good performance wise.
1)Go to the Photos app and Quit it, but this not stops scanning process in the background.
2)Open Activity Monitor and search for “photos” related processes and quit those. That should take care of it.

8. Free some Space

You can also face the problem in the performance of your system when your startup disk gets full with extra programs or temporary files. You can get rid of unnecessary files and can get some space on your disk.
If you have MacOS Sierra ,then
Click on the Apple icon > Select About My Mac and Select option from the Storage tab. In Store, Management tool uses the sidebar to view different ways you can get some space back. Try deleting apps and files take up a lot of space.
If you’re not running MacOS Sierra, use Disk Inventory X to find and delete large files.

9. Resetting SMC

System Management controller (SMC) is basically a small microchip which is used in intel-based Mac, it runs a lot of physical part of the device, like Keyboard, LED, Power buttons and other peripherals. You can get the ride from a lot of little systems related problem after resetting the SMC, this may improve your system ‘s performance.
Step 1: Turn off your MacBook.
Step 2: Connect your MacBook to power adaptor and make sure it’s charging.
Step 3: Hold down Shift+Control+Option buttons while also holding the Power button. After a while, release the keys. The Mac will boot as normal and the SMC will be reset.

10. Uninstalling Flash

Flash also know as shockwave Flash is multimedia software which can be on internet application, browser etc. By default Chrome and safari both block it. But if you have installed this app separately then it could be run in the background, and every time you visit a web page that has an auto-playing Flash video. You can use AppCleaner to remove the Flash app.

11. Kernel Task

Kernel Task is the operating system and you can find “kernel task” process in the Activity Monitor and it uses the majority of process and resources. Sometimes it causes the problem to your system.
you can refresh it by restarting your Mac or SMC, uninstalling Flash. You can also delete third party apps and see if it works.

12. Use Safari

Use safari browser because it hogs fewer resources compared to chrome. Because Chrome use a lot of Mac memory and battery life. So make Safari your default Mac browser you can also use Chrome when you need to visit sites that either doesn’t work in Safari or don’t work so well (it won’t happen that often).

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13. Installing an SSD

You can speed up your old non-Retina MacBook, that has a spinning hard drive, by replacing it’s hard to drive with SSD. You just need to get a right screwdriver, a compatible SSD and switch it out.
You should also upgrade the RAM as well. You can do this only old MacBook and MacBook Pros because everything after the 2012 model comes with a soldered SSD and RAM which is not user replaceable.

14. Formatting the HDD

You can use this option as you last option if you don’t find anything useful for the system. JUST format your hard drive and reinstall new Mac OS. Mac OS Recovery will do everything for you – erase itself, reinstall OS, update to the latest available version, all of it.
1)Boot your Mac while holding the Command + R keys at the same time.
2)select “Reinstall OS X”
3)Follow the wizard and select the current partition as the target, it will erase the disk and reinstall the OS.

15. Last but not least, a new Mac

If you still face speed issues and slow performance after using all these tips, Then it is better to leave that old Mac system and move onto a new one.


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