As time goes by some Macs start to slow down – which is fairly normal. However just because it is normal that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it. In most cases if you can identify why your Mac has slowed down, you could fix it and restore its performance levels in the process.
While there are many different factors behind why a Mac is slow, the 4 more common reasons as well as how to fix them are:
- Too many processes running
Every process (be it an app or background process) takes up some of your Mac’s resources – most notably its RAM and processing power. In the Activity Monitor you will be able to see a list of the processes that are open as well as the resources they’re taking up, and should be able to identify whether that’s the problem. If it is you should start closing any processes you don’t need to see if that helps.
- Numerous login items
Some apps and processes consists of Login Items which means that they are launched every time your Mac boots up. Needless to say this can make your Mac slower to boot up, and also consume resources in the process. Go to System Preferences then Users & Groups and select your user ID then click Login Items – and you’ll be able to see a list and remove any unnecessary items.
- Lots of desktop clutter
It may sound mundane, but if there’s too much clutter on your desktop it can start to slow down your Mac because each item on the desktop takes up resources. If your desktop is full of files, folders and clutter in general – tidy it up. Assuming you don’t have time to organize it, just create a new folder and place it in there.
- Insufficient hard drive space
At bare minimum you need 10 GB of free space at all times on your hard drive, or your Mac could start to dramatically slow down. More than that is better, which is why you should make it a point to clear out junk, uninstall unused apps, and so on to free up as much space as possible.
If you would like an easy way to clean your Mac and free up space, be sure to give Movavi Mac Cleaner a try. It will automatically scan your Mac when it is launched, and then let you delete all the junk that it finds in a single click.
On top of that Movavi Mac Cleaner has several other tools that will help you free up more space and optimize your Mac in general. To be more specific, you could cleanly uninstall apps, shred sensitive files, optimize your memory, remove unwanted login items, and much more.
All said and done Movavi Mac Cleaner will give you the tools you need to keep your Mac running smoothly. With its help you’ll find it easy to fix most of the common issues that may be slowing down your Mac, and it won’t take long for you to speed it right back up.