Why is my Mac Running Slow – and How Can I Fix It?

14th January 2020
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There’s nothing more frustrating than your Mac running slowly and preventing you working at the pace you need to.

Here are our suggestions for what may be making your Mac run slowly and how you can fix them:

Close Your Background Apps

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Applications, software, and programs are all working in the background of your Mac, even when you’re not using it. You can increase the performance of your Mac by a huge amount by killing these processes.

To do this, open Finder > Go > Utilities. Open ‘Activity Monitor’ by double-clicking it in the list and it will show you statistics about how much resource impact application tasks are taking on your Mac (CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, Network). Double-click an entry to find out more. You can force the process to stop by clicking ‘Quit’.

Turn Off Login Items

If your Mac is slow when you first power it on, but then runs efficiently from then, it may be that you have a long list of programs and processes all starting up automatically at switch on.

Open System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. Click the lock at the bottom of the window to make changes. The items in the list are processes that automatically start when you log in. If these programs aren’t needed as soon as you log in, they’re slowing down start-up. Select them and click the ‘-‘ button to remove them. The fewer programs that start when you log in, the quicker your startup will be.

Clear Your Disk Space

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A quick and easy fix for computer speed and overall performance is clearing space on your hard drive. As your drive gets increasingly full of files, you may experience it becoming slower.

Eventually, you may even see the “your disk is almost full” message. At this point, there may not be enough space on your Mac to store temporary files needed for the programs that you’re trying to use – you need to free up some space. Follow the instructions on the Apple support page.

Keep Your MacOS Up to Date

When your iMac or MacBook notifies you that there is an update available, don’t ignore it! Updating your Mac OS can fix issues and bugs which may increase your computer’s battery life, fix security issues and improve speed.

Apple is always looking for ways in which to improve the speed of their operating system, so older versions of MacOS are generally slower. It pays to update.

Go to the Mac App Store > click Updates > Find the update you need and click Update.

Of course, it may actually just be time to upgrade your Mac, and that’s where we come in! If you’re ready to upgrade your hardware, give our team a call on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk.