Your brand new Mac works as smoothly as a knife pierces a dollop of fresh butter. Once you start piling up folders, files, videos, audios, photographs, apps and other content into your Mac, it begins to trudge up with heavy data stored inside.
Now you realize that even a Mac needs to accelerate its speed to deliver better performance. After all, it doesn't have unlimited RAM to give you faster results. This is the time to take some action to speed up your Mac. We have listed a few solutions you can employ on your Mac to boost up its performance.
How to Speed up your Mac
Change your current hard drive with an SSD
Shifting from your old hard drive to an SSD is a cake walk. It hardly takes one hour to replace your aging disk with the fresh solid state drive (SSD). Once you install the SSD, you will be surprised to see the performance of your Mac.
Raise the RAM
Adding more memory is also a simple and quick process so that you can easily do this while your MacBook is opened to replace the hard drive. It is like shooting two birds with one stone. Before you strengthen the memory, check the right kind of memory for your MacBook model. Just make sure of the amount, type a speed of the memory. You can also browse Apple's support page that gives you information related to memory specifications for several models.
Hard Drive Cleaning Campaign
Like spring-cleaning of your house, MacBook also needs cleaning of unnecessary data at regular intervals. In a year, you install a lot of apps in your Mac; and at the end of the year, you forget which app is useful for you now. It clearly shows that the app should not occupy any space in your Mac hard drive. Launch your cleaning campaign by moving these apps into a trash.
Use Disk Utility to clean apps you are using. If you wonder why you should clean apps, which are being used currently, let me explain you something. Whenever you install an app, it comes with a package of files, which include permissions telling OS X, which users can do what things.
Over a long period of time, administrators keep changing permissions, which can lessen the speed of your Mac and in the worst situation, the Mac freezes or crashes. Disk Utility is Mac's built-in tool that can help you repair the disk permissions.
Use Activity Monitor
Activity Monitor gives you complete information about the processes going on your Mac. It shows CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and Network process on Mac. You should use Activity Monitor when you find your Mac throwing tantrums, i.e. performing slowly. Normally, this happens when you open too many tabs on Firefox web browser because it takes up more CPU resources and more than triple the memory resources. This will give you a clear picture as to which program you should discontinue on your Mac.
Use Finder to Locate and Delete BIG Files
If there are big files resting in your Mac hard drive, you need to get rid of those bulky data immediately. Use Finder to select such voluminous files.
Step #1. Launch Finder and select the file you want to search.
Step #2. Now select File → Click Find or hit Command-F.
Step #3. Now click on Kind drop-down menu → Select Other.
Step #4. Check the box for File Size once the Select a search attribute window opens → Click OK.
Step #5. Change “equals” drop-down menu option to “is greater than” → Change KB to MB seen in the last.
Step #6. Now type in minimum file size; for example, 50 MB.
This will show you all the files with 50MB or more in size. You can easily delete these large files from your Mac and create some space.
Reduce login items
Have you ever noticed that your Mac starts up very slowly when you press the power button in the morning? You are probably in the habit of opening too many applications at start-up. Or these applications open up by default.
Step #1. Click on Apple logo to launch Apple menu → Click System Preferences.
Step #2. Now click on Users & Groups.
Step #3. Click on Login Items tab.
This will show you a list of apps that open when you boot your Mac.
Step #4. Now highlight the apps you don't want to open at start-up and click minus (-) button below the list of apps.
Though Mac upgrades to the latest OS on its own, you can also check it from Apple website. It's free upgrades from Apple, and hence, you don't have to shell out bucks for this. Latest versions of OS X boost the performance and protect your system against potential damages and threats. Visit Apple website regularly for updates.
If your Mac doesn't show any sign of progress even after employing all the solutions, you should better call an expert or take Apple Support Center help. Please note that hardware installation is quite a costly affair for any users and therefore, we wouldn't suggest this to you unless you seek advice from any hardware expert.