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Neat Tricks and Tips to Improve Macbook’s Performance


Are you not that happy with your Macbook’s recent performance? It may be that you have neglected to take proper care of the computer and have to deal with the repercussions.

Some people go as far as thinking that buying a replacement is the only solution to the issue. While that is one of the options, there is no need to spend money on a new computer every time something happens to your current device.

No, there are ways you can restore the Macbook’s performance and have it run with next to no hiccups. The tips and tricks in this article should give you plenty of ideas about what you can do to improve the situation. 

Tip 1: Delete Potential Malware

It may be that the number one reason behind a poor Macbook performance lies behind the malware. Threats like malware and viruses are quite common despite what you may read about Macs and their immunity to potential malware and virus attacks.

The reality is quite different. You need reliable antivirus software that detects and eliminates threats before they cause any damage to the computer. In addition, it is also recommended to use a virtual private network while surfing the net. And if you want to improve the Macbook’s cybersecurity even more, enable the firewall. 

Tip 2: Get a Cooling Pad

Macbook on desk

A cooling pad is a neat accessory that provides Mac owners with an additional source of cool air. Using the laptop in a poorly ventilated room leads to overheating and loud internal fan noises. However, a cooling pad can help you manage the situation and improve the computer’s performance while protecting the internal hardware from suffering potential damage.

Of course, you do not need to limit yourself to just a cooling pad if the Macbook is overheating or you hear loud internal fan noises. Removing the dust that accumulates inside is another valuable piece of advice. 

Tip 3: Stop Memory Leaks

Memory leaks are quite easy to stop. You need to restart the computer, and it would help if you did that regularly. Say, restart once every few hours or so.

Background applications that have been running for a while start to allocate computer memory incorrectly. However, restarting it solves the issue.

In case you are reluctant to restart the Macbook because it takes too long to load, why not trim up the startup item list? You could also declutter the desktop and enable the auto-login feature, so there is no need to enter the password manually each time you restart the laptop.

Tip 4: Discard Redundant Background Apps

The Macbook has a limited amount of resources. Background applications may be taking more than you expect. Check the Activity Monitor and sort processes by CPU or memory usage. It will show you which active apps consume the most memory or CPU.

There are some exceptions. For example, you should not quit antivirus because it is difficult to predict when a potential malware attack could threaten your computer. However, you should find some redundant apps that are not necessary at the time. Quitting these applications will free up system resources and improve the Macbook’s performance. 

Tip 5: Free up Drive Space

SSD Drive

The lack of drive space is quite common among Macbook owners. The trend is even more apparent recently since the most recent Macbook models come with a solid-state drive instead of a hard drive. While the change improves the performance, SSDs do not provide as much storage.

Having only a few gigabytes of free space on the drive will spell trouble for the computer’s performance. If you want to free up the disk’s space, here are some suggestions for doing it:

  • delete old apps, email attachments, downloads, and temporary system junk.
  • subscribe to streaming platforms, so you do not need to store large media files on the computer.
  • transfer data to external storage devices like memory sticks or cloud services like Dropbox and iCloud.

Tip 6: Do Not Miss the OS Updates

Some system updates may take a while to download and install, and not every MacBook owner has the patience to wait. However, missing the most recent OS update means that your computer lacks the latest features, potential security patches, and stability, and overall performance improvements.

Even if you need to take some time and dedicate it to downloading and installing operating system updates, you should prioritize the process. Installing an OS update will ensure that your system is up to date and is not missing important improvements. 

Tip 7: Declutter Desktop

Macbook with Coffee

A cluttered desktop is not a pretty sight, nor does it do any favors for those who are looking to get the most out of their computer’s performance.

Each app shortcut and a document on the Macbook’s desktop puts a strain on the system that has to render every icon when you switch back and forth between the desktop and another tab.

It may be convenient to keep icons on the Macbook’s desktop, but you are sacrificing the overall performance. So instead, get in the habit of keeping the desktop clutter-free.