The Apple computer family has a lot of nice systems that are all running on the Mac OSX operating system. The iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air and the Mac Mini for example are a few of them. They are the perfect computers who let you work very efficient and without any struggle, which are the main reasons that people love these computers. However, after a period of intensive use you Macbook or iMac might become a bit slower and slower, to a point that it starts to irritate you. Fortunately, there are a lot of solutions for this problem, and most of the times they are easy to perform, and it will almost instantly stop the slowing down of your Mac.
The most common reason for Mac’s to start running a bit slower is because the memory is filling up. Go to your memory status to check how much space you have left on your Mac. If you have used between 50 – 75% of your disk space, then it is time to take some time to do a big cleanup on your harddisk. People often forget to delete the installation files for their programs, these files end with .dmg on the Mac. Pictures, PDF’s, movies and Music also take up a lot of space, so if you dont need it anymore then I advice you to delete it. Always to remember to go to the recycling bin, to remove the files completely from your harddisk. If you really can’t lose any more files then I advice you to get a external harddrive, where you can save your most important photo’s to. This will clear up a lot of space that your Mac can use to operate. This will also improve your startup time, as the computer has to analyze a lot less files.
An other option that works very good is to expand your RAM memory. We made a tutorial which shows you how to upgrade your Mac’s RAM memory. I must admit, it is a little bit more expensive, but the result will be fabulous. Your Mac will be as fast as a bird and it really helps to boos your productivity. Most Mac’s come with 4GB of RAM memory, and I can advice you to upgrade that to 8GB, for maximum speed increasement.
While talking about increasing the RAM memory, replacing your harddisk to a SSD will also increase your speed by a lot. SSD stands for Solid State Drive, which means that this kind of data storage doesn’t need an actual “Disk” with data as is the case with an HDD. Because the data storage is all via microchips that you also find in a USB, the processing of data is extremely fast. This will speed up your start up process, installation process, running a program or a game, and a lot of other things.
It is also worth to take a look at the Browser you are using right now. I advice you to use Google Chrome, as Safari isn’t that fast as Chrome, which is an extremely lightweight browser with a lot of nice features like add-on’s and a tile grid with your favorite websites, to get you started quickly. It is also important to clean your browser history, clean your cache, and clean your cookies regularly. They take up a lot of workspace if you don’t clean it up, which will make your Mac slower.
I hope that these tips will help you to speed up your Mac. If your Mac is still running slow I advice you to install a cleaning software like CookieCleaner, to clean up your Mac’s temporarily files. You can download this program for free.