Why is my Mac Running Slow 2022?

8th October 2020
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**Updated 10/06/2022**

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

If you’ve checked that your broadband/WiFi connection or any other network issue, or a major issue with your computer, and you Mac is still running slow, then keep reading.

Common issues may include having resource-heavy apps running in the background, out-of-date software, slow power-up, a lack of hard drive space, or just be in desperate need of a hardware upgrade, Whatever the reason, we have a few suggestions here that might help get your Mac moving faster.

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

Close any apps running in the background

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 many resources 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’.

Apple OS Activity Monitor Screenshot

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.

The different types of MacBooks
Apple MacBooks

Clear your hard drive space or add an external drive

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.

You could also consider adding an external drive to store data on to free up space on the internal hard drive. The latest external hard drives, such as the G-Technology G-DRIVE Thunderbolt 3 External hard drive, are now compact and fast, as well as affordable – this one is just £2.80 per week to lease!

Clear out your cache

All of those temporary files stored in your cache from your visits to different sites let you browse the internet faster, but the do add up and that can impact on the speed of your Mac in general.

All you need to do is go to your cache folder by entering ~/Library/Caches > click Go > click command-A to select all folders > click command delete > enter your password into the popup window that will ask you to confirm you want to delete all of the files.

Keep macOS updated

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 desktops
Apple Desktops

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.

You can also find tips on the official Apple User Guide page “If your Mac runs slowly” which may help.

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.