How to optimize your Mac

There are a few different variables to having a fully optimized Mac. In fact, it’s a never-ending process in truth, but we can take some practical steps to make a huge difference. Whilst we can very much install a cleaner for Mac, we will also need to run some basic errands.

Updating the Mac

We need to make sure the Mac is fully up to date. This is paramount when trying to optimize a machine, as an out-of-date OS or software can cause issues from minor slowdowns to major issues, like randomly turning off. So, head to the Mac icon and click About This Mac, followed by Software Updates. 

Beyond keeping the OS up to date, also make sure software, like Adobe applications and system software.

Optimize your storage

Mac has a built-in function for optimizing your Mac. If you click on the Apple icon, then About This Mac, followed by clicking on the storage tab. You should see what storage space you have remaining. Make sure it’s under 85% occupied, otherwise you may experience errors and slowing down of processes.

Regardless of the actual number, you can click on the Manage tab (on the right) and use some of the functions presented. Storing files and media in iCloud (thus deleting them locally) is highly impactful, but you can also run the ‘Optimize Storage’ function too. Emptying Trash Automatically will mean the Trash is always taken out.

Finally, clear cache and temporary files from your applications and web browser. You can do this by heading to the ~/Library/Caches/ file location and going into folders, or you can simply use a third-party software as mentioned in the introduction.

Disable Login Items

In other words, you want to disable programs that automatically start up when you turn your Mac on. Things like Flux and Dropbox simply may not be necessary to startup when you boot the Mac, and these can really slow things down every time you turn on the machine. So, head to the Apple Icon, select System Preferences, and select Users & Groups. Finally, click on the Login Items tab and choose which login items you want to uncheck.

SSD upgrade

Many Mac users will be using an HDD as their startup disk. This type of drive is vastly slower than a Solid State Drive (SSD), which can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to boot up the Mac.

Delete redundant software

Another way to clear space and optimize your Mac is by uninstalling software that you don’t use. In this day and age, where most of the developed world has very fast internet, it’s unwise to keep software that you will only use once every 6 months. Just uninstall it, and re-download it when it’s needed again. There’s a vast amount of software on our machines that we overestimate how much we use.

To do this, click on Finder, click Go, and select Application. From here, right-click the applications you no longer want and press Move to Trash. Also, remember to clear the Trash afterwards so it’s permanently deleted.


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