MacBook Pro’s are not cheap and the main reason why someone would buy them is the fact that, they are easy to maintain when compared to Windows-based machines.
They also come with exceptional build quality and stunning looks. Like any laptop they might become slow after a few months of usage – copying files might take longer than usual, boot time might be longer, and you can quite evidently see that, you laptop might gasp for more memory and computing power when there are several applications running. Although, there are some hardware upgrades one can do like MacBook Pro Ram and SSDs, there are also some simple maintenance tricks that one can perform to speed up their laptop and make it as fast as it used to be when it was new.
Below are some of the easy to follow tips to make your MacBook Pro faster.
1. Start-up Applications
There are a lot of services and applications that start when you boot your MacBook Pro. If there are some unnecessary applications that start running in the background when you sign in, you might have to sit around waiting a while to use the laptop.
What we are looking for is a clean startup like how it used to be when you fired the machine for the first time. With a clean startup you will be able to launch any application you want without having to wait. How to stop these unwanted applications to start up every time?
Go to System Preferences –> User & Groups and then you need to click on the username from the list (all the usernames associated with the computer will be listed here.)
Now click on “Login Items” and you can uncheck the items that you don’t really want to start along with the computer, every single time.
2. HDD House Keeping
You don’t want your hard disk to be full to the brim. Cleaning your hard drive is one of the simplest ways to speed up your laptop. Go your way through the files on your computer and delete things that are not useful anymore. You can also get rid of applications that you don’t use and empty your trash can. It is advised to take a backup of your hard drive on an external drive before start deleting the files and removing software. If you are using widgets, you might as well disable them since they might use a considerable about of resource all the time.
3. Activity Monitor
There are some applications that can take more resource than others. Open the activity monitor and find out the amount of RAM or CPU consumptions of applications. If there are some applications that seem to take a toll on the performance, see if that particular application is necessary or important. If not, get rid of it. You can also find some light alternatives to these CPU and RAM hungry applications.
4. Update Your OS
Make sure you keep your operating system up-to-date. The engineers and developers at Apple are constantly working hard to perfect their software. Keeping the OS ensures that, you get all the latest updates. To check if you Mac is up-to-date, click on the Apple icon and then click “About This Mac.”
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5. Hardware Upgrade
RAM (Random Access Memory) is one of the most essential components in your MacBook Pro. It is often referred to as “memory”. Upgrading MacBook Pro RAM is one of the best ways to improve the performance of your computer, if the steps mentioned above don’t seem to help you speed up your computer.