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Apple computers have a lot of fans around the world, and it should not be that surprising. Macs are trustworthy, secure, long-lasting, fast computers that are great both for work and entertainment.
On the other hand, one of the biggest downsides of Macs is that they tend to become slow over time. It is mostly influenced by small hard drives that Macs come with and tend to fill up quickly.
Unfortunately, many people do not know that to maintain a fast Mac, they need to keep at least 10% of free disk space. Other than that, today, we will share even more tips about how to boost your Macs performance and free up some disk space.
Boost Your Macs Performance
Tip #1: Clean the Outside of Your Mac
If you want your Mac to be fast again, you need to make sure that the computer itself and the surroundings are clean. Otherwise, the dirt and dust will cover the vents and get inside of your computer.
Once the dust and dirt are inside of your Mac, you may hear the noise of the computer’s fans that are working louder than ever. Then, your Mac will have to focus its resources on cooling down the computer, which will impact the overall performance.
Tip #2: Restart & Shut Down
One of the most significant benefits that Apple computers can provide is the ability to leave the system running and quickly turn the computer back on when you need to. However, by simply closing your laptop, you are leaving the computer in sleep mode.
Most of the time, it does not do any harm to your computer. However, you should form a habit of restarting and shutting down the device once in a while to make sure that all of the processes were shut down correctly and there are no apps running in the background after failing to close properly.
Tip #3: Close Background Apps
In other words, you should limit the number of apps that you keep open at one time to boost your Macs performance. Each application that is launched is using the system’s resources, which may cause your computer to underperform if those apps are using way too many of the system’s resources.
Therefore, if you notice that your Mac has suddenly started to lag, consider checking what apps you have open and closing the ones that you are not currently using.
Tip #4: Limit Web Browser Tabs
As it is important to limit the number of apps you have open at once, it is also important to monitor how many web browser tabs you have open. A lot of people have the habit of leaving tens of browser tabs open and then blame a slow internet connection.
Unfortunately, such a habit will not only slow down your browsing but will also affect the entire performance and speed of your Mac. Thus consider if you really need to keep all of those tabs open. If you are afraid that you will forget the name of a page you wanted to read, better add it to the reading list on the Safari browser.
Tip #5: Uninstall Applications
To free up some space on your Mac’s disk, start by uninstalling the applications you do not use. It is best to begin by removing the apps because usually, they take up most of the disk space.
To uninstall an application that you won’t be using in the future, simply drag it to the Trash Bin. In those cases where you paid money to purchase an app, but you aren’t using it, know that you can always re-download an app that you paid for from the App Store.
Tip #6: Edit the Dock
The Dock is a convenient tool that is located at the bottom of your computer’s screen. It is great for a couple of things, including quick access to certain apps, software, and files. Also, it helps you see what apps are currently running in the background. If you see a dark dot under an icon of an app, it means that it is currently launched.
However, you should not add too many apps to the Dock because it will slow down the computer. To edit the Dock, click the Apple Icon, go to System Preferences, choose Dock.
Tip #7: Remove the Screensaver
Having a screensaver may be visually pleasing, but in general, it does not create any additional value. However, unnecessary visual events will slow down your Mac because the system will use additional resources to display it.
To remove the screensaver, click the Apple icon from the top menu, then open System Preferences, go to the Desktop & Screen Saver options, choose Desktop, and uncheck the Change Picture feature.