Patience isn’t a virtue that most people can avow having. So, when your MacBook runs slow, the temptation to throw it out the window is close to nature. However, since that’s like throwing 1000 plus dollars out, it only remains that— a temptation.
Apple’s Macs and MacBooks are a marvel of technology with millions of enthusiasts worldwide. In the first quarter of 2021, Apple sold about 5.7 million units. These figures show that the MacBook is far from a substandard device.
If MacBooks are so great, then why do you have a slow MacBook? Well, there are plenty of reasons why your MacBook runs slow, but some are more common than others. If yours is unbearably slow, no need to get another one just yet.
Join us today as we highlight a couple of reasons why your MacBook isn’t as fast as it should be.
Your Hard Drive Is Almost Full
Computers, not just Macs, need a little extra space to run seamlessly. The keyword is little. You don’t need to free half your storage space for your Mac to work as it should. Unfortunately, you can’t expand your internal storage, but you can try the following if your storage is almost full:
- Identify and delete any duplicate files
- Uninstall apps that you don’t use
- Clear out temporary files
- Clear your iPhone and iPad’s iTunes backup from your MacBook
- Remove email attachments
If you do the above and your hard drive is still almost to capacity, there’s one more trick you could try. Consider getting an external hard disk, where you can store extra files to free up some space.
Update Your MacOs
Another reason why your Mac could be running slow is that you haven’t updated to the latest macOS. About every year, Apple releases a new macOS update, plus a few iterations of the OS take care of minor issues and bugs in between updates.
To check the current OS, all you have to do is open the Apple menu and click on “My Apple.” Click the “software update” button on the pop-up. Doing so tells you whether there’s any software update available for your system.
Spyware, Adware, or Malware
If you think Macs can’t get viruses, you’re dead wrong. Admittedly, it’s harder for a virus to infect macOS than Windows, but it’s not virus-proof. So, if your MacBook lags, maybe it’s because of malware or, worse, spyware.
If it’s dreadfully slow, it’s possibly a malware infection. If you see ad pop-ups every time you use your Mac, it’s definitely an adware attack.
If this describes your case, you don’t have too much to worry about. All you need to do is install anti-virus software to scan and take care of the issue. What’s more, it also prevents the attack from happening in the first place.
Check Your MacBook’s Activity Monitor
Your MacBook is a beast of a machine, but it has its limits. While MacBook can handle multiple tasks simultaneously, there’s a cap to how much it can handle. Maybe the reason why your MacBook is so slow is that it’s taking too much at once.
So how can you tell your MacBook has too much on its plate? Well, all you have to do is open the activity monitor by clicking on its icon and opening it. Next, click on the “memory tab” to see what could be slowing down your MacBook.
The memory tab will give you details about the statistics, open files memory, and even port details. Once you find the process, it’s time to end task and get your MacBook back to normal.
Organize Startup Programs
Startup programs are programs that open automatically when you boot your computer. These startup programs can be a real nuisance, especially if you don’t need them. Although some programs seem to start and terminate, most of them keep running in the background.
These startup programs that keep running long after booting your MacBook may be the reason why it’s so slow. If your computer takes ages to boot, then it’s time to manage your startup programs. Here’s how you do it:
- Open “system preferences”
- Select the “users and groups” icon from the options
- From the drop-down list that appears, click on the startup programs you don’t need
- Click the “-“ button to stop the apps from starting up when you boot your MacBook
You’ll notice your MacBook booting and running a lot faster once you do the above.
You Have a Trillion Files on Your Desktop
If you’re one of those people that has close to a billion files on their desktop, it’s time to change your ways. While the desktop is a convenient place for placing your files, too many files on the desktop could slow down your MacBook.
The operating system creates previews of these files when you place them on the desktop. This means every time you start up your MacBook, macOS has to load each one of them. Don’t forget, it also has to load one or two startup applications.
Decluttering your MacBook’s desktop goes a long way in speeding it up. You can declutter the desktop yourself or find a Mac cleanup tool to help you with the task and other MacBook issues.
Excess Caches and Log Files
Caches are temporary storage for browsers and certain programs. Thanks to caches and log files, web pages and applications can load much faster. However, too many caches and log files may do the opposite and slow down the computer.
If that’s the case, you’ll need to clear the cache every once in a while, and delete log files for your MacBook to run faster.
A Slow MacBook? Absolutely Not
MacBooks weren’t made to be slow, so if you have a slow one, it’s all on you. The above should be all you need to get your MacBook back to its former glory. If the cause of slow MacBook problem seems to be none of the above, it’s high time you take it to a Mac professional.
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