It may take a while before you reach this point, but even a brand-new Macbook is bound to start underperforming at some point. And when that happens, do not start looking at a store for another computer.
Macs are no different from other similar devices. The performance can be improved with these steps. Create a maintenance strategy and stick to it.
Step #1 – Clean Dirt Inside Computer
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If you notice a loud fan noise and high temperature, it is more than likely that there is too much dust and dirt. The dirt that accumulates over time should be removed regularly.
It might be a bit risky to take the Mac apart yourself, so you would be better off taking the computer to a service store and leaving the job to professionals.
A cooling pad could be something to consider purchasing if your room does not have the best air circulation. The accessory will help to deal with high temperatures. However, you will still need to take care of the filth inside the Macbook problem. Otherwise, it will not be too long before it damages internal hardware, leaving you with problems bigger than just a drop in overall performance.
Step #2 – Make Extra Space in Hard Drive
Little available storage space is one of the downsides of Macbooks. The hard drive can end up full before you notice it. And having only a few gigabytes left will lead to performance problems.
You can uninstall programs and remove junk files like temporary backups, caches, or app plugins, but that will not make too much of a difference.
Getting rid of old downloads, email attachments, language pack files that come with certain applications, as well as duplicates should be on the agenda as well.
Transferring certain data to clouds or external storage devices will also free up disk space. Lastly, if you like to watch movies or TV shows, consider subscribing to streaming platforms more often. This way, you will not have to keep large media files on the Mac.
Step #3 – Disable Visual Effects
Visual effects are not something that pragmatic users should have enabled in the first place. There is very little reason to keep these effects around because they consume resources of the system and battery life. Disable them, and you will notice slight improvements.
Step #4 – Scan the System for Potential Viruses
There could be malware or viruses on your computer. When you notice a sudden drop in how the system loads, checking for potential cybersecurity threats should be one of your priorities.
Scan the system and get rid of any potentially corrupted files. Make sure that you have a reliable antivirus running in the background all the time. Enabling a firewall will add another layer to the security of the system. And it would help if you actively avoid clicking on shady links, even if they are sent by someone you know and trust. There is no real point taking risks.
Step #5 – Prevent Memory Leaks
Applications that have been running in the background for a while will start to distribute memory where it should not go. These memory leaks can be managed by simply restarting the computer on a regular basis. Every few hours should be more than enough.
And in case you have to wait for a long time after every restart, consider trimming the startup item list or enabling auto-login feature, so you do not have to enter the password every time you boot the computer.
Step #6 – Declutter Desktop
A cluttered desktop is not something that should happen. There are some users that like to keep every file on the desktop for the sake of convenience. But a desktop that is full of icons will only become a hindrance.
Do not get into this habit. Instead, keep the files on another location of the computer. Forget that it will be harder to find your stuff because there is a search function you can use to locate files immediately. There should not be any icons on the desktop.
Step #7 – Optimize Internet Browser
There are some cases when internet browsers cause the most problems. The Mac could be working without any faults, but the situation changes when you are trying to surf the internet.
If this is something you have to deal with every day, consider switching to another browser. There are quite a few alternatives. Or, if you are attached to your current browser and have a lot of stuff bookmarked, make some changes.
Remove extensions and add-ons. Be sure that the browser is operating with the latest version. Clearing the cache regularly and reducing the number of open browser tabs will also help to improve your browser’s performance.