10 Tips How to Make the Most Out of Your Mac’s Performance

Small, incremental changes can have a significant impact. This is especially true if you think about how simple tweaks to your Mac can improve its performance and help you at work.

But what are these tweaks, and how can you implement them?

These 10 tips will set you up to get the most out of your Mac:

Update your Mac regularly

A no-brainer. Making sure you are running on the latest OS ensures that you always get the best performance. To do this:

  • Open the Mac App Store
  • Tap Updates
  • Install

You can, and you should set up automatic updates to make sure you never miss an update. These updates not only speed up your Mac but are also crucial from a security standpoint.

Take a look at the Activity Monitor

Some apps and processes can be demanding on your system. To know what these are, you can check the Activity Monitor.

You can look up the Activity Monitor by searching for it in the Spotlight or use this shortcut:

Command+Space -> Type Activity Monitor -> Hit Return

Take a look at the CPU and Memory to recognize apps and processes that are hogging up your RAM and processing power. If you do not need the app, quit it. You might find that the app is frozen. In this case, you can try Force Quit or restart your Mac.

Refine your startup apps

A lot of apps launch when you first turn on the Mac. To find these apps, do this:

System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> User Name -> Enter password -> Login items

Any apps that you do not need can be removed.

Limit visual effects

Visual effects on Mac are great but can take up unnecessary processing power.

Switch some of these effects like so:

  • System Preferences -> Dock
  • Uncheck Magnification
  • Uncheck Animate opening applications
  • Uncheck Automatically hide and show the Dock
  • Uncheck set Minimize windows using to Scale Effect

You can also reduce transparency effects – Settings -> Accessibility -> Display -> Check Reduce Transparency

Follow Mac’s recommendations

macOS has a lot of helpful recommendations that can boost your performance. To access these tips, go to the Menu Bar and click on the Apple icon. From here, click on About this Mac and hit Storage.

This will show you what on your system is taking up more space than others.

Click on Manage to view recommendations.

Here are a few recommendations you might encounter:

  • Store in iCloud: With the help of cloud storage, store your files in the cloud to reduce the number of files on your Mac. This frees up disk space and boosts performance.
  • Optimize Storage: If you enable this, shows that you have already watched will be removed from your Mac. When storage is low, old Mail attachments will be removed. This does not impact you in any way since you can always access these files online.
  • Empty Trash Automatically: Any files in your Trash/Bin will be deleted after 30 days automatically. If you do need a file that has been deleted, you can always rely on Time Machine.
  • Reduce Clutter: This lets you explore and delete large files, downloads from your Mac, again freeing up disk space.

Declutter your iTunes collections

iTunes collects apps that you install on your iOS device. You can use the Reduce clutter option and delete apps from iTunes you do not need. But you can do it from the iTunes app directly to make sure you know what you are deleting.

Quit your browser and remove extensions

Many web pages run scripts that take up a lot of processing power. The best thing to do is to delete tabs you do not need or quit the browser when not in use. Another way to speed things up is to remove the number of active browser extensions.

Also, remember to disable Flash because this is pretty memory intensive and can slow down your system.

Get rid of Mail or speed it up

If you already check your Mail online, you don’t really need the Mail app. It might still be helpful when you think about it from a perspective that it allows seamless integration. If you want to keep the Mail app, but it slows down your system, here’s what you can do:

  • Delete spam, deleted items, and files you do not need
  • Rebuild: Mailbox -> Rebuild
  • Reindex

Clear your cache

Mac creates cache files when you use an app or use a browser. These cache files contain information to speed up load times. But if you’re not habituated to clearing your cache, then the size of these files can be pretty huge.

There are four different types of cache:

  • User cache
  • System cache
  • Application cache
  • Browser cache

To understand this in detail, click here and discover what these different cache types are and how to delete them safely.

Upgrade your memory

Better performance comes from more available space in your memory. So if you cannot delete files, you should think about adding more. You cannot install it yourselves in most cases, so it is best left to the experts.

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