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Launching a brand new MacBook is one of the greatest feelings. Everything seems to be functioning at the speed of light and there are no issues whatsoever. Nevertheless, like any other electronic, it does tend to deteriorate over a longer period of time. Mostly due to all the information that has accumulated while using it. If you want to make it better, you will need to do some work. And if you do not have any idea where to start, the pointers below have you covered.
Find Out What is Taking the Most Resources
Performance depends on how much memory you have left. You need to uncover which apps are taking the most from it. Turn on Activity Motor and it should become clear. What might surprise you the most is that some applications, which are running in the background, burden the CPU the most. Once you identify the most problematic software, start turning it off, or removing it completely.
This point applies to laptops, PCs, and MacBooks. No matter what you are using, it holds true. For instance, if you have Skype, Discord, Dropbox, etc. and have set them to launch after booting up the MacBook, consider changing these preferences. Visit your System Preferences, select Users and Groups, and pick your username. Click on Login Items and deselect apps which are set to run the moment the Mac starts.
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What might seem great on the surface might not be that great in practical terms. Visual effects are pretty, but they do not provide any value whatsoever. On top of that, they slow down the performance quite a lot. It should be a no-brainer that getting rid of them is the best course of action.
Another method that has been proven to do wonders is getting rid of applications that are no longer needed. Not only would it create more space, but it would also improve the speed at which it takes for the MacBook to work. If you are wondering how to uninstall an app on MacOS, there is a tutorial made by Setapp out there. Be sure to check that one out as it is very useful. The process is manual and can be a bit tedious, especially if you have not done it before. However, once you get the hang of it, it should be a piece of cake.
Clean Up the Hard Drive
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Too much stuff on the Mac will slow it down no matter what. Even though it might appear that the most recent models are functioning without any faults when it comes to this, there are still plenty of people who have said that cleaning up the hard drive improved things significantly.
One thing that might be on your mind while doing it is how annoying the manual labor is. However, if you looked on the internet and read through various blogs out there, you should be able to find outside help to solve the problem.
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While most have updates set to do their work automatically, not everyone does this. Therefore, it is easy to miss fixes that improve performance and make the Mac work faster. If it has been a long time since there were some updates, it is more than likely that you are due for one. So do yourself a favor and be sure to check for the updates manually.
If you feel like you have tried everything and there is still very little change, then making some serious changes is the way to go. It will cost you, but certainly not as much as replacing the entire device. Replacing the HDD with an SSD is one of the best options when it comes to money and efficiency, but it is not the only thing that can make a difference.
All in all, if you have noticed that your MacBook is not doing that great, these few tips should help you out. Those who depend on their computer understand how annoying it is when you cannot work at full speed. If there is a way to make everything smoother, you should always go for it.