Macs become slower the more you use them. But does that make these computers worse? Technology is not perfect and will become either slower over the years or experience some technical issues.
Macs are no different. When your computer becomes slower and less efficient also depends on you and the way you take care of your computer.
If you constantly install unsafe software and never check up on free disk space, your Mac may start performing worse sooner than it should. Thus in this article, you will find 11 simple tips to improve the performance of your Mac.
Tip #1: Clear DNS Cache Files
It is important to flush dns once in a while because the web browser is one of the most used applications on all Macs. If you have not cleaned DNS cache files for a while, they may contain outdated information, which interrupts accessing some of the websites and applications.
The easiest way to remove these cache files is by using specialized software, and it’s really worth it because it’s hard to imagine a good computer performance when it cannot open certain pages and apps.
Tip #2: Manage Storage
You must have at least 15% of free disk space; otherwise, your Mac will become slower, and it won’t be able to perform as well as you would expect. This can happen to a new Mac as well, so start by checking how much free disk space you currently have.
To do so, click the Apple icon on the top menu, choose About This Mac, go to the Storage menu, and here you will see how much various files take up disk space and how much of it is free. If you click Manage, you can use four options offered to you by macOS. These options will help you make more free disk space on your computer.
Tip #3: Clean up Your Desktop
First of all, having a cluttered desktop may harm your productivity, especially if you are using Mac for work. There are situations when you need to find a file fast, and it’s hard to accomplish when there are hundreds of files piled up on your desktop.
Also, each item that you have on your desktop used system resources and makes your Mac slower, which means that cleaning the desktop once won’t be enough; you will have to do it constantly.
Tip #4: Review Your Downloads Folder
The Downloads folder is just one of the folders that you should occasionally go through and delete the unneeded files. Although, this folder is the one that is the most likely to contain one-time-use files like PDF leaflets that you read and never used concert tickets and installation files.
Sure, you may not want to get rid of the installation files immediately because you might need to reinstall a program, but if you already installed the program months ago and it works just fine, there is no need to keep those installation files on your Mac.
Tip #5: Always Empty the Trash Bin
Make sure you regularly empty the Trash Bin because if you want your computer to be performing as best as possible, you need to have enough free disk space.
Deleting files from your computer won’t be enough if you don’t empty the trash bin because those files are still stored there and taking up space.
Tip #6: Use a Good Antivirus
Viruses and malware can have many negative effects on your Mac, from malfunctioning software to personal data leakage. New viruses and malware are being developed constantly and may be a threat to your computer.
Tip #7: Close Background Applications
If you notice that your Mac is still running slow after you have freed up quite a lot of free disk space, there might be some applications running in the background and using system resources.
To see which applications are currently running, take a look at your Dock. If an app has a dark dot under it, it means that it is currently running. To close it, right-click the icon and choose “Quit” or “Force Quit.”
Tip #8: Invest in a Virtual Private Network
To create a secure connection to another network, it is recommended to use a VPN service. Other than having a secure connection and protecting yourself from potential harm, you will also gain access to region-restricted websites and will be able to access a bigger library of content on such streaming services as Netflix.
Tip #9: Store Files in Cloud Service
If you work with graphics or video editing and have multiple large files created almost every day, you need to search for other solutions than deleting a bunch of files from your Mac.
One of the smartest choices is to use a cloud service like iCloud, Google Drive, or DropBox. Other than the large capacities to store files, such services also benefit you with easy file access and sharing.
Tip #10: Use an External Storage Device
If you can not ensure a constant network connection, another solution to create more storage space on your Mac and make it faster is to use an external storage device. There may be various reasons why you do not have a constant network connection like traveling for work or living in such an area that has very poor network speed.
The file-sharing and accessing through multiple will not be available as it would with cloud storage but you will always be sure that as long as your external drive is not broken, you will have access to your files, even if you are offline.
Tip #11: Reset The System Management Controller
If you are having trouble with a non-efficient Mav even though you made enough disk space, resetting the System Management Controller might solve it. More to it, it can help solve many other technical issues, like fixing a computer that will not startup.
To reset the SMC, turn off your Mac at first. Then, press the keys Shift + Control + Option and the power button at the same time. Afterward, just press the power button again to start your computer normally and see if the issue you were trying to solve is gone.