If your good old Mac started to work slowly, you may want to know why and how to get back to its original performance. Despite the perfect hardware and software optimization, Mac can work slowly because of your Internet browsing habits and the number of different reasons.
When we talk about software issues that can slow down your computer, they all lie in a field of cache files, temporary files generated by working applications and smaller issues like a big number of applications that your Mac launches right after you turn it on.
Simple Steps to Tweak Your Mac
If your Mac is not as old as dust, tweaking OS may solve the problem. If you never reinstalled your OS before and still use updated original version, reinstalling it can free a noticeable amount of space and speed up your computer. Another good way of solving the performance issues is removing the applications that start when you turn on your computer.
Nobody thinks that not used applications can really slow down their computers. So, the solution is quite simple. Just try to Preferences and delete all the apps don’t use. We can bet a dollar that you definitely have at least a few of the apps that you never used since you bought your Mac. Just throw those unused apps in the trash can and forget about their existence because if you don’t need them for a month, you should not keep them on your computer.
Another solution which is quite apparent is restarting your Mac. Because most Apple devices users think that their devices do not require to be reset over time, they do not reboot them for weeks or even months. Imagine how many temporary files and cache files can be generated during the months of extensive use.
Next important step is going to the Preference tab of your computer. Delete any application you don’t want to see there. There are hundreds of different articles over the Internet that describe how to speed up your Mac properly but here is the original article from one of the best Mac software vendors that covers almost every aspect of it improving the performance and speed up your computer.
Don’t forget about your files
If you have tons of different videos and images on your Mac that means it’s quite hard for your computer to generate all previews for all of your files. We recommend you to disable this feature and only show small icons of files.
Your Internet browser can be a problem as well. If you are using Google, Chrome that means that it steals a noticeable amount of your memory and slows down your computer when you have lots of tabs opened at the same time. Try to stick to only a few tabs working simultaneously in your browser. If you are a Safari power user, which means you think that you spend a lot of time on the Internet, go to the Preferences section and enable Develop menu in menu bar option and then clear the cache in your Safari. It would help you not to store gigabytes of cache file that are simply useless.
The animation could be a pain too. If you have an old Mac and recently installed a new OS, you might experience some lags and slow performance because your computer is trying to emulate all those cool animations that Apple included in its latest operation of systems. You can quickly turn that feature off by yourself. Just go to the system preferences and choose Doc. On the next step, turn off Magnification and minimize windows into application icon. Also, disable checkbox called Animate opening applications and change the way system minimizes the windows from using Genie effect to Scale effect. Reducing transparency can also help to save some portion of your Mac’s performance. You can do this in the Accessibility section.
What if Nothing Helped
If you tried everything but still did not solve your issues you can try reaching Apple through the support section of their website. In the mid-2018 Apple provides two options for their users to get help with a slow performance on their laptops. The first is a phone call during which Apple support person will call you and try to solve your issues. The second one is a chat session with Apple support representative who will try to figure out what causes these issues and how to make your computer work faster.