There’s always hype around the new MacBook model but at the same time, MacBook Apple loyalists will want to hold on to their old MacBook model for as long as possible. Having said this, MacBook laptops do slow down over time, although it is speculated rightly that they do not age the same as regular laptops (that have a standard useful life of 3 to 4 years before it is wise to replace them).
If you don’t want to jump on the buying bandwagon for the new upcoming MacBook then the following easy to follow techniques to speed up your existing MacBook laptop will come in handy.
The Quickest Route
It is recommended to always keep as much storage free as possible on any MacBook model (at least 10%). For this reason, it is best to not use the MacBook hard drive as your primary storage device especially if your data consists of large media files (e.g. videos). Invest in external hard drives or upgrade internal space. Do keep in mind that as your MacBook gets older, certain upgrades might be hard to justify as a sensible investment. Use the following tips to free up space on your Mac instantly:
It is tempting to keep one’s main laptop in perpetual sleep mode because it’s easy to just continue work where you left off, but, it is essential for the health of your MacBook to shut down at least once a day.
Do a deep clean sweep of all existing data on your MacBook, whatever you don’t need and can do without, transfer it, particularly large heavy files like movies and videos to external storage options.
Update the software and restart again.
Understand The Background Processes
When one has had a MacBook for a long time there is a chance that software and apps you haven’t used in months or even years may be running senselessly in the background.
Uninstall software you don’t require and delete/remove apps that are no longer relevant to your current use. Wherever possible, stop un-needed running apps or other data-using apps to lessen the burden on an old MacBook. Click on the app switcher to find out which apps are running and if some are harder to turn off, then use the force quit option.
How to Force Quit Apps on Mac
Use the key combination ⌘ + option + esc or alternatively click the in the top right corner and then select Force Quit
Select the application that isn’t responding
Click Force Quit in the bottom right area of the window
Monitor & Eliminate
Another way to evaluate how the memory is being utilised in your Apple MacBook is by using the Mac Activity Monitor to see which Software or Apps are using most of the available memory. For apps that are vital to your work, you can choose to update them so they work more efficiently and utilise less space.
Furthermore, have a look at System Preferences because everything in there influences CPU capacity. To change these preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Users and Groups.
Select a user on the left of the panel, then, choose the ‘Login Items’ tab
You can select individual or multiple apps to disable auto open
A MacBook’s hard drive has everything from photos to music to old apps versions. Do a thorough clean of the hard drive to make it at least 10 to 20% empty for best results. Some paid software can also help you analyse what is taking up most of your disk space. Living in Brisbane Australia? Get your MacBook serviced by one of our professional Mac technicians
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