They say that slow and steady wins the race but it hardly applies to computers. A slow Mac can be a cause for a lot of headaches. Has your Mac been slowing down to a crawl? Does the Mac take a long time to restart? Before taking it to the nearest Genius Bar, there are a few things you can try to fix it.
But why is my Mac so slow? In this article, I am going to go over several reasons that can explain why your Mac is so slow. I am going to help you speed it up and prevent any slowdowns in the future too. Without any further ado, let’s jump right into it.
- 1 Why Is My Mac So Slow?
- 2 Methods To Speed Up Your Macbook
- 3 Final Take
Why Is My Mac So Slow?
Every OS has its own advantages and disadvantages, but macOS tend to work snappier for a longer time than Windows in my opinion. However, this does not mean that macOS will not slow down after a long time of use. The reasons for this slowdown are:
- The Mac has been running for too long and it needs a break.
- The storage device is almost full.
- A background app is causing issues.
- The software is outdated.
- The hardware is outdated.
- Thermal throttling due to clogged fans.
- You have a resource-intensive program running in the background.
- You have a corrupted storage device.
- There are a lot of startup apps.
These are the most common explanations as to why your Mac is so slow. However, several of these issues can be resolved at home without spending a dime.
Methods To Speed Up Your Macbook
Follow these mentioned tips to speed up your MacBook in no time!
1. Restart your Mac
If any of your devices run into performance issues, then restarting your computer is the first thing that you have to do. If your Mac has been running non-stop, then reboot your computer and see if you see an improvement. Simply click on the Apple menu and select Restart.
2. Check Your Storage
It does not matter whether you have a hard drive or a super-fast SSD, an almost full storage device will make your computer run at the speed of a 100-year-old turtle. It’s always a good practice to offload some of the files to an external storage device or delete unnecessary files. If you have a Mac that is upgradeable, then you can also add an extra storage device.
macOS can also let you view and optimize your storage in other ways. You can upload your media files to your iCloud and clear out the uploaded files. It can detect the AppleTV movies that you have already watched and it can also clear out your trash. The storage optimizer on macOS will clear up unused files after reviewing them too. To do this, click on the Apple menu and then go to About this Mac> Storage>Manage.
3. A Resource Intensive or Unresponsive App
An app crash can make the processor work overtime to resolve the issue. This will make sure that other processors don’t get enough CPU resources. An app that is not compatible or is too powerful for the hardware can cause the same issue. This can be solved by the Activity monitor.
- Close all foreground apps.
- Click on the search icon at the top right corner to launch Spotlight.
- Search for Activity Monitor and run the app.
- Make sure you are on the CPU tab.
- Choose View > All Processes.
- Now click on the %CPU column heading to sort the processes based on used CPU power.
- Since you are not running anything, the percentage should be small. However, if you see an app (except kernel_task) that is using a lot of CPU power, then you should click on the process and then click on the x icon at the top left corner to force quit.
- You can also repeat the same with the Memory and Disk tabs and close the process that is using a lot of them.
4. Make Sure That the Fans Are Not Clogged
Clogged fans can make the CPU get hotter. Without enough air, the CPU can hit high temperatures and it will slow itself down to protect itself. Make sure that the fans are not covered by anything and if you can, open up your Mac and clean out the dust with a can of air.
5. Update macOS
If your running an older version of macOS and did not update it to the latest version, then that is probably what is causing your problems. To update macOS, all you have to do is:
- Click the Apple menu, then select System Preferences and then select Software Update.
- You can also click on the Apple menu, then select About this Mac, and then hit Software Update.
Press Update Now if an update is available.
6. Errors With Storage Device
Disk Utility is a nifty tool provided by Apple that can help you fix a few errors and help speed your computer up. You do not have to download anything for this.
- Open up the Finder app.
- Select Applications from the sidebar.
- Click on the Utilities folder and then run Disk Utility.
- Click View and select Show All Devices.
- Select your disk and click First Aid.
- You will be able to see if there were any errors and macOS will try to fix it.
7. Close Startup Programs
Startup programs can make the reboot time slow and it can hog your CPU and memory. To make sure that you don’t have programs that launch automatically on startup, follow these instructions:
- Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
- Go to Users & Groups > Login Items.
- You will be able to get a list of the startup apps and you can disable them by clicking on the minus icon.
8. Outdated Hardware
Time is a cruel mistress and hardware can get outdated within a few years. If you need to run a lot f heavy programs for your workload, then the hardware you have might not be enough. If your Mac is upgradeable, then you can add more RAM or add a brand new SSD. Otherwise, you might need a new computer altogether.
I hope this explains why your Mac is so slow. Definitely try out these methods to make sure that your Mac runs smoothly. If you have any doubts or suggestions, please let me know in the comments section down below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.