Tuesday, 21 February 2023 13:08

How to Optimize your MacBook?

By  Emma

Meta - Using a MacBook is one of the best experiences for anyone who wants the best out of a computer. Its mighty power and responsiveness leave everyone amazed but still, there are instances when it might act sluggish. Here are the ways to fix it.

Your Mac computer is a powerful machine. And maintaining it in top condition is the key to ensuring it functions at its best. Any slow performance or technical error on your computer will lead to a decrease in work productivity. This means your work results will suffer and this might leave you frustrated. The ways you can keep it fast and ultra-responsive are simple. What's even better is that you can DIY most of them. Let's explore the process to clean up and optimize your Mac.

Update your software

The first important step to take to optimize your Mac is to keep your software updated as per the latest versions. The update process involves: 

  • installing patches
  • security updates
  • app/program updates

Allowing updates from Apple is highly important to ensure online security. Installing the updates has another benefit too - it ensures that you get access to new features. Software updates usually include optimizations that improve the processing speed and it also adds new features to Mac apps.

To update your software:

  1. Click the Apple menu and select "Software Update."
  2. Install the available updates as prompted by the system.

You should regularly update the software. This will ensure that your Mac operates at its best and gives you a performance that does not leave you stuck at crunch times.

Sometimes you download software thinking that you really need it to carry out your work. But you might soon feel that you no longer need it. And to make matters worse, there are programs that you cannot remove as easily as you might think. They make you go through a complex process to be removed. Or sometimes you might not like the OS updates by Apple. 

Sonoma OS rolled out recently but you might not feel a need for the update after installing it. Don't worry about not liking the new macOS on your MacBook. After you update your device, you can downgrade it with a simple step. You can learn more about how to downgrade your MacBook to the old version here on this link. You should not be bound by an update so the information on downgrading the software is of big use.

Clean out unused apps

A cluttered desktop impedes your Mac's speed and efficiency. To optimize your system, check your desktop for unused program shortcuts, documents, and files. Remove shortcuts that you no longer need. Consider deleting or transferring unused documents to storage.

To uninstall unnecessary apps:

  1. Click the Apple icon and select "App Store."
  2. Go to the "Updates" or "Installed" tab. From here, update or uninstall programs you no longer need.

Tidy up your startup

A cluttered startup process significantly impacts your Mac's performance. Many programs automatically get active upon computer startup. They consume system resources even when it is not needed. It's essential to review and uninstall or modify these startup elements to boost your Mac's speed.

To manage startup items:

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select "System Preferences."
  2. Go to "Users & Accounts." Now, select the "Login Items" tab.
  3. Review the list of items. From here, remove anything that you do not need to start automatically.

It's beneficial to shut down your Mac completely at least once a week. This action clears system memory. When you ensure the closure of any background processes, it contributes to the improved performance of the system. This is the simplest thing you can do at regular intervals to keep your computer in the best shape.

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Create separate users

Creating separate user accounts is an effective way to maintain a well-organized Mac. Each user will have their dedicated folders, including Documents, Pictures, Movies, and more. This prevents the cluttering of the system. Users can install their applications and manage their Shared folders as per their requirements. 

Admin accounts retain the ability to oversee all accounts. They can modify their content and access specific resources. Each account is secured with its unique username and password. In office setups, it's very common to have a lot of business data so the ideal thing is to create separate users on Mac.

Clean up your desktop

One of the primary reasons behind a sluggish Mac is insufficient storage space. Although Macs offer ample memory capacity, they can quickly fill up if not managed properly. When your Mac starts signaling low storage, it's time for a thorough desktop cleanup.

The most significant space consumers on your Mac are old or duplicate files. These accumulate over time due to various reasons. It could be duplicating files for edits or downloading documents that are no longer needed. Identify all such files and clean your desktop at regular intervals to avoid any problems that arise when you really don't need them.

Clean out the downloads folder

With time, your Downloads folder becomes a repository for outdated and redundant files. It's essential to address this to free up valuable storage space. Consider moving all the contents of the Downloads folder to storage. Or you can simply delete them if they are no longer in use.

Remove resource-hungry programs

Certain applications consume more processing power and memory resources than others. Identifying and managing these resource-intensive programs boosts your Mac's performance.

To identify resource-hungry apps:

  1.  Open the Finder app.
  2.  Navigate to "Applications" > "Utilities" > "Activity Monitor."
  3. Click on the "Memory" tab and the "CPU" tab to view processes listed in order of memory and CPU usage.

Analyze whether you genuinely need these resource-intensive programs running or if they can be closed when not in use. Processes like software development, designing, and office management often lead to the downloading of heavy apps. This is why you should do regular checks to find these programs and assess their utilization. If not needed, delete them without a second thought.

Conclusion

Following these seven simple steps, you can clean up and optimize your Mac to experience the best performance it is known to deliver. This will keep the Mac in the best condition and it will deliver the performance that you expect from Apple products.

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