If you’ve owned a Mac for a few years, you’ve probably been looking forward to Apple’s website, wishing you could justify buying a new one. But fortunately, you do not have to give up your computer to enjoy increased speed and improved performance: in this article we collect some simple tips to improve the performance of your current device.
As it is known that all computers, including Macs, slow down over time. This decline in performance can be frustrating, and it’s easy to think that you need to browse some sites to get extra RAM — or even buy a new device — sooner than you thought.
But there are a number of tweaks that can boost your PC’s performance and significantly speed up a sluggish Mac, and the great thing is that it won’t cost you a penny.
- 1 First: the errors that make your Mac run slowly
- 2 1. MacOS upgrade
- 3 2. Free up storage space on the hard disk
- 4 3. Remove startup items
- 5 4. Delete unnecessary widgets
- 6 5. Rebuild the Spotlight Index
- 7 6. Disable visual effects
- 8 7. Don’t sync too much data to the cloud at once
- 9 8. Set the default Finder folder
- 10 9. Remove browser extensions
- 11 10. Keep your apps updated
- 12 macOS running slow? Not anymore!
First: the errors that make your Mac run slowly
We previously covered some of the causes of a slow Mac when we looked at the common errors that slow down a Mac. Before proceeding, you should go through this guide so that you know what not to do.
It covers some quick fixes like closing demanding apps and clearing cache which brings instant performance improvements on your Mac. But if your computer is still not working as you want it to, then continue with the following tips.
1. MacOS upgrade
Many people still believe the myth that the operating system is constantly updating itself. Although they can sometimes cause performance issues on older PCs, these updates are usually more helpful. It includes Bug fixes , AndSecurity fixes , Andimprovements Which often increase the speed of your Mac.
Operating system update files can be quite large. So if you don’t have some storage space available on your hard drive, you’ll probably want to free it up first (see Step 2 below).
To update your operating system, make sure your laptop is connected to a power outlet, and back up your Mac before starting if anything goes wrong. tap on Apple قائمة menu in the upper-right corner of the screen and go to
About This Mac -> تحديثات البرامج.
If an upgrade is available for the software, you will see the Upgrade Now button. Click on it and the download will start.
After a while, your computer will restart, and the installation process will take place. Not only will this update process update the operating system, but many of the default apps from Apple will also be updated.
2. Free up storage space on the hard disk
When your storage drive reaches its maximum capacity, performance drops rapidly. Large files have been shown to have a more negative impact on your Mac’s speed than small files. So it is always wise to keep at least 25% of your storage disk space empty if possible.
To check how much storage space you have on your hard drive, go to Menu
Apple -> About This Mac -> التخزين.
If your available space is running low, as shown in the image above, it’s worth continuing through our guide on how to free up space on your Mac. This guide walks you through how to do each of the following steps:
- Empty the trash
- Uninstall apps you don’t use
- Find and delete large files
- Delete iTunes Files and iOS Backups
- Use of cloud storage applications
- Optimize Storage in Photos
- Store desktop and document folders in the cloud
In addition, we also recommend moving your photos, music and video libraries to an external hard drive, as they can take up a lot of space. Make at least two copies (or back up using cloud services) in case one of the drives fails.
After working through the steps in this guide, I freed up an additional 34GB of hard disk space.
3. Remove startup items
To help your Mac run faster, you should reduce the number of background processes that load every time you restart. To do this:
- go to the
تفضيلات النظام -> المستخدمون & المجموعاتSelect your account name on the left sidebar.
- Click Login Items.
- Select the items you no longer wish to load on startup.
- Remove it by clicking the minus button.
4. Delete unnecessary widgets
A handful of widgets running in the background can have an effect on your Mac’s speed. To remove some of them:
- Open Notification Center By clicking on the button in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Go to the tab Today.
- Click Edit at the bottom of the Notification Center.
- Click the red delete button to remove any unnecessary widgets.
5. Rebuild the Spotlight Index
If Spotlight stops showing the results you expect, or is particularly slow while rendering them, the option should help. Spotlight index rebuild . Follow these steps to do so:
- Go to
تفضيلات النظام -> Spotlight -> الخصوصية.
- Click the plus button and select the drive or folders you wish to reindex.
- You have to confirm that you want to (temporarily) exclude these from Spotlight.
- Select the same drive or folder, and click the minus button to remove these again.
This will force Spotlight to re-index your drive or folder, which will make your search run more smoothly. This may take a while, so be patient even if it looks like Spotlight has stuck at first.
6. Disable visual effects
Some of the barely discerning options for macOS can affect your PC’s performance more than you think. To disable it:
- Go to
تفضيلات النظام -> Dock.
- You have to deactivate moving apps that are opened.
- Set the option to minimize windows with a gradient effect.
- Go to
تفضيلات النظام -> إمكانية الوصول -> العرض.
- Select Reduce Transparency.
7. Don’t sync too much data to the cloud at once
If you’re trying to sync large folders to the cloud using services like iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox, it’s likely to slow everything down. Be sure to routinely review files and folders uploaded to the cloud to make sure you’re not sending too many at once.
You can review and adjust the data that is backed up to iCloud by going to
تفضيلات النظام -> معرف Apple -> iCloud.
To manage folders that sync with other cloud storage options, you’ll generally need to go to the preferences panel of the specific app you’re using (like Dropbox or Google Drive). Try to avoid syncing folders that change frequently.
8. Set the default Finder folder
Every time you open Finder, the folder that is set as default needs to be loaded. If this folder contains a large number of files, this may take longer than you would like (such as if you have a lot of items on your desktop). Instead, you should change this option to a smaller and less demanding folder so that Finder can load faster:
- Open Finder.
- Go to the menu bar and click
Finder -> Preferences.
in the tab “generalGo to the dropdown menuDisplay the new Finder window”, and select a new default folder.
9. Remove browser extensions
Since so much of the computer work most people do these days is done inside a web browser, it can be easy to mistake a browser for slow because a Mac is slow. The easiest solution here is to remove unnecessary and bulky web-apps/extensions from whatever browser you are using.
So check out these official help pages:
10. Keep your apps updated
Old apps that aren’t optimized on the latest versions of macOS can make you see that your Mac is slower than it really is. So it is always useful to keep the applications on your computer up to date.
To do this, go to
App Store -> تحديثات. If there are app updates available, you will see them listed. Either you have to click to update each app individually, or choose “Update allin the upper-right corner to install all available updates at once.
macOS running slow? Not anymore!
With these simple tips, you will see a noticeable improvement in your Mac’s speed. However, if your device still doesn’t run at an acceptable speed, there are a couple of more extreme (or expensive) options.
If your computer is old, it might be a good idea to buy a refurbished Mac to save some money. For a less expensive option, if your model isn’t very old, you might be able to upgrade your Mac’s RAM.
If either of these options fail, you can completely reinstall macOS, with or without completely erasing the storage disk. Doing so basically restores your Mac to its factory settings. We hope you don’t hit that option though, and these tips will get you the most out of your Mac.