There comes a time when every computer needs a thorough cleaning. Macbooks are not an exception. Sure, if your Mac is still relatively new, you may not need to optimize it immediately. Nevertheless, it is still recommended to get in the habit of maintaining it in good condition. Otherwise, you may find that the overall performance has reached a point where it becomes almost impossible to use the Macbook.
There are a lot of tips that will help you create a solid computer maintenance strategy. Continue reading this article and make use of the tips below the next time you are taking a closer look at your Macbook.
Tip #1 – Free up Disk Space
Start with clearing up unnecessary junk on the computer. There are bound to be some applications and other old files, such as email attachments or downloads, that have stayed on the Macbook for too long.
Junk like caches, plugins, and backups also have no place on the computer and should be removed frequently.
Finally, you can look to transfer some of your data to external storage devices like USB memory sticks. Dropbox and iCloud are also great, as is subscribing to streaming services that would eliminate the need of having to use large media files for movies or TV shows.
Tip #2 – Scan for Malware and Viruses
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A reliable anti-malware tool should detect any potential threats like viruses and malware. But do not just rely on the tool running in the background. You should scan the computer at least once a week to make sure that there are no cybersecurity threats present on it. And remember that there are lots of great free anti-virus software, meaning that if you cannot afford to purchase one, you still have plenty of alternatives to choose from.
Tip #3 – Clean Filth Inside
Dust and dirt accumulate over time as well. Too much of the filth inside the computer will lead to overworking internal fans. Loud noise and overheating are never a good sign, and neglecting the issue will lead to internal hardware damages.
If you are afraid of taking the Mac apart to clean it thoroughly yourself, take the computer to a professional who will do a better job and not cause any damage.
Tip #4 – Declutter Desktop
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Every icon on the desktop has to be rendered whenever you switch between the desktop and another window. Some people like to put every file on the desktop without any considerations on how it affects the performance of their Macbook.
Ideally, a desktop should not have any icons on it. Instead of cluttering it with files, organize your data into folders and transfer them to proper locations. Decluttering the desktop gives a big boost, and you should notice how it will increase the speed of the Mac.
Tip #5 – Optimize Internet Browser
Different people have different preferences when it comes to selecting an internet browser. However, no matter what version you use, a browser can become a big problem over time. While there are instances when the one at fault is the ISP provider, a poorly optimized application will not offer you a good internet surfing experience.
For starters, keep the number of open tabs to a minimum. Clear caches and browsing history. And remove any extensions and add-ons that are not necessary.
Tip #6 – Look at Activity Monitor
Activity Monitor allows you to see which of the applications are consuming the most resources. Sorting processes by CPU or memory usage shows the bigger picture and dictates the changes that need to be made.
There will be apps that cannot be removed because they are built-in and responsible for keeping the computer running properly. But some apps can be removed, especially if they are running in the background and offer no real value.
Looking for alternatives that are not as resource-hungry as what you have installed right now will also free up the resource usage. Remember that the more time you spend tweaking the processes, the more you will gain.
Tip #7 – Update the System
Install any new system updates when they are available. Even if the update seems minor, it can still make a difference. Security, stability, and performance are three of the most important things that updates are released for. And since you are looking to boost the performance, clicking on the “update” button for the new macOS version should be one of the first things you need to do whenever there is a new patch available.
Tip #8 – Add new Hardware
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New hardware like RAM and SSDs will cost money, but they are still not as expensive as purchasing a new Macbook. Moreover, with a bit of luck and thorough research, you should be able to find a good deal or two for both RAM and SSD.