If you want to see the best tips and tricks to speed up your laptop in one place, then you’ll LOVE this (updated) guide.
We personally tested, reviewed and updated these tips including for Mac; both free and paid.
Older MacBooks have one great possibility, not many people are aware of. It’s the SSD replacement. Adding an SSD with the help of this tip will make dramatical speed improvements.
Not only replacing the HDD with an SSD will boot your MacBook way faster, but it will offer incredible speed boosts. Such results will lead directly to the better performance, and you will feel like you’re breathing a new life into your MacBook.
You only have to pay attention to which SSD you should get to match your MacBook model and year. (Here’s the guide).
To install a new SSD, you will have to open the laptop (but don’t worry, it’s not scary as it looks like). If your MacBook still has the warranty, we wouldn’t recommend you to do it by yourself, yet bring it into Apple and let it get done by professionals so you can still keep the warranty.
RAM is the physical memory of the laptop, and upgrading it can have a great impact on the MacBooks overall performance. Almost any of the MacBook models before 2014 can have their memory replaced manually. Here’s a how-to guide
You’ll need to pay attention to get the exact RAM specifications, yet just in a bigger memory size. The replacement is done under 30 minutes and it’s very simple. All you have to do is pop out the old RAM and place in the new one into the slot.
Also, we would recommend you to see the maximum RAM your MacBook since most of the MacBooks can’t handle more than 16GB.
What is significant about MacBook computers is the Mac OS operating system and Apple’s own AppStore. And uninstalling unused apps with the help of this tip can make significant speed boosts for your MacBook.
You can easily download the apps in just seconds. Luckily for everyone, deleting them is as easy, and there’s no excuse to leave unused apps laying around your MacBook.
Simply head to the Finder and find Applications list. Then, just drag and drop the app you want to uninstall into the bin. It’s that simple and effortless, but it can create a lot more space on your MacBook.
But keep in mind, once you empty the trash, you won’t be able to recover the apps yet you’ll be required to install them again.
To keep the MacBook clean and tidy on the outside, never use a water or a cloth that can cause staticity. Yet purchase the special cloth material for computers and screens.
Keeping your MacBook tidy inside is very important as well. From the years of use, the dust that collects can slow down your fan, or even increase the temperature of your whole MacBook, which could also slow it down.
If you have a warranty, it’s best if you don’t open your MacBook yourself. However, if you don’t have a warranty active, simply open the back cover of your MacBook and give it a nice clean inside with your hand.
MacBook computers and laptops don’t get system updates frequently, but when they do, make sure you install them. Following this tip, you’ll benefit from the speed improvement and better app compatibility after updating your drivers & software.
Outdated Mac OS X can slow down your computer, mess with your drivers, and even unable you to install some of the important apps.
Make sure your apps are up to date too since they’re the ones who are connecting you and the device. Apple has made updates very simple on Mac OS X, unlike Microsoft with Windows operating system. Simply go to the AppStore, click the last tab named “Updates” and you’ll have a list of updates for both Mac OS X and your apps.
Defragging the disk drive is a very common technique Windows users do, however, it’s not quite common with Mac. Even Apple hasn’t given basic software to do it, because, well you can guess it – it’s not necessary. But using this tip to help yourself to optimize your disk is going to create more space and boost its speed.
However, what you can on MacBook computers instead is use basic software that Apple named “Optimize Disk”. This feature will help MacBook users to clean out the disk drive and remove old data that might be slowing down the computer. (For a full process, here’s a quick video you can follow)
MacBook computers don’t need to be defragged, however, disk drive optimization helps remove old and removeable data that’s clogging the drive and therefore it’s slowing down the computer.
Even though the Mac OS X is one of the smoothest and fastest operating systems, if you really require to use Linux OS for any other reason, it’s very possible to do. Switching to Linux OS will bring a different, yet maybe slightly faster interface with less apps you can use for your own advantages.
You might use any software such as Virtual Box to boot Linux OS through your Mac OS X. (Here’s a video on how to do it).
However, if you permanently want to install the Linux OS, you can either remove the Mac OS X and use Linux OS as a primary operating system, or there’s a possibility to create dual bootable disk drive where you can choose between two operating systems on a start-up.
Fresh Mac OS X installation can make a big change, especially if you loaded up your MacBook with a lot of files and now you want to start fresh.
The clean Mac OS X is always going to perform faster since it doesn’t require a lot of storage, and yet it’s a clean version where you haven’t clogged your disk drive with any other files yet.
The process is very simple to do. The easiest way is to boot into recovery mode by holding Control + R on start-up. Instead of booting into your Mac OS X, it will open a menu where you have to choose “Reinstall OS X”. (See screenshot)
It might take a few hours, so make sure you have plenty of time and aren’t in a hurry.
Bloatware is basically everything that comes with your MacBook and yet doesn’t have a purpose in your use of your laptop. A great example of bloatware is a languages pack on your MacBook. You are only going to use one or maybe two languages, so why not remove the rest of the languages (bloatware).
Removing such bloatware can dramatically increase the speed of your laptop since it’s not clogging your RAM anymore.
To remove bloatware from your MacBook, you’ll need a software such as CleanMyMac X that will guide you easily through the process of removing all the bloatware you might not need on your laptop.
The software will let you remove bloatware such as browser extensions, unnecessary apps, and language packs. You have nothing to worry because you won’t be able to delete something important by a mistake.
Cleaning up your hard disk can help your MacBook run easier and more efficient, but also you’ll create some extra space you can use later. Once you clean up your hard disk with the help of this tip, you can expect to experience a lot more space and better hard disk speed since.
If you’re getting annoyed by that message saying “Your disk is almost full”, simply get a software such as **Gemini 2**. It’s a single app that can find and remove duplicated files, empty trash cans, uninstall applications you don’t use, and even clean up huge iTunes backups that might be taking a pretty good amount of your hard disk drive.
Here’s a how-to post on using the Gemini 2 software and the benefits you can expec.
It doesn’t take long for an operating system like Windows 10 to get clogged with dozens of processes running simultaneously. The more programs are running in the background, the more memory is used, until eventually you will notice serious reductions in overall speed.
There’s a quick fix for this problem – just simply restart your laptop on a regular basis! Microsoft recommends once a week, but once a day is more helpful. Regularly restarting the OS shuts down any processes running in the background. Make sure to see our tip on stopping programs from running on startup to get even faster speeds.
If you haven’t deleted unused apps on your Mac, it’s most likely that your Mac is starting up a bunch of apps when power it on. Therefore, your boot time into the system might be slowed down drastically, and if you turn off the apps you’re not using from starting up – you’ll save yourself a lot of time.
To disable apps from starting up right after the boot, head to the System Preferences and click on the Users & Groups. In a new window, you will have to click on your account name in the left sidebar and then choose the “Login Items” tab.
In the “Login Items” tab, simply untick the apps you don’t want to start at the booting. If you’re not using some of the apps constantly, it’s better to disable them and open them manually when you need them.
If Safe Mode sounds scary for you and you have never used it, you have nothing to worry about. Using Safe Mode on your Mac can help you troubleshoot some of the problems including apps, stalled start-up, or a slow running system.
Starting your Mac in a Safe Mode will clear the memory cache and therefore it could speed up the things.
To boot your Mac into Safe Mode, turn off your Mac. Turn it on again, and as soon as you see the white screen, press and hold the Shift key.
When you see the Apple logo, you can release the Shift key and your Mac will take you into Safe Mode.
Even though Mac OS is one of the smoothest operating systems out there, it can happen to fail. And when things fail, you will be able to use this tip to repair Mac system files and get your operating system and MacBook computer to its potential.
If you ever happen to have trouble with your Mac OS x, the best way to repair it would be to enter the recovery mode by holding the CMD + R at the start-up. In the recovery mode, you can repair your Mac system by restoring the older version from Time Machine.
We would also suggest you check your hard disk by using the disk utility, just to make sure the issue isn’t hardware-related.
Transferring your data to the iCloud won’t only free up some space, but it’ll also most likely speed up your Mac if the hard disk isn’t overcrowded.
Apple has made it really simple to move your data around. When you’re logged in your MacBook, click the Apple menu icon, go to System Preferences, and find iCloud.
Then, next to the iCloud, click Options and simply turn on the “Optimize Mac Storage”. This will let Mac keep the most recent files on your computer while the older data will be stored in the iCloud in order to create more space on your hard disk.
Emptying the trash is one of the simplest tasks to do on a Mac, however, if you forget to do it frequently, your Mac might get crowded with data. But with this tip, you’ll be able to empty the trash bin quickly and save some storage effortlessly.
The trash bin is always located on the desktop. If you double-click it, a new window with all your trash inside will pop up. Now, to empty the trash bit, simply click the “Empty” button at the right top corner.
You’ll get to double confirm it and then, all the trash will be gone. The trash bin is also located at the bottom right corner on the dock.
Resetting the SMC & PRAM is something anyone can do, and it’s something that can’t screw up your Mac, yet fix some software or hardware issues you’re facing.
RAM stores a lot of data and information, and when it sometimes gets glitchy, restarting the parameters is the simplest way to fix things.
To reset SMC, do the following – press and hold at the same time shift+option+control and press and hold the power button. Then let go of the buttons, and your SMC is successfully restarted.
To reset PRAM, do the following – press the power button, and then press and hold command+option+p+r buttons at the same time. Hold the keys until the MacBook reboots again and it starts up again. Let off the keys, and the MacBook will reboot normally.
That’s how you successfully reset SMC & PRAM under 5 minutes.
Deleting big files and unused apps is one of the common practices of users who are looking to get some more space. However, with these tips, you won’t only free up some space, yet you’ll increase the overall performance of your Mac.
To find and remove large and unused files, open Finder and in search box type *, click on the + to expand the filters settings. In the filter settings, change #1 filter to Size, and change #2 filter to “Greater than”.
You can then add wanted size you want to search for, and you’ll get only the biggest files on your Mac. Carefully check the dates of your last use of any folder and you may delete the ones you don’t need anymore.
Syncing your photos to iCloud is one of the smartest ideas you could do on your MacBook. It will save space, make sure your disk drive isn’t full constantly, store your photos in a safe cloud space, and even improve the overall speed of your Mac.
To sync your photos to iCloud you’ll have to launch the Photos app on your Mac. Then, in the top left corner, press Photos, choose Preferences, and you’ll find iCloud.
Click on the iCloud and make sure you check the iCloud Photo Library. Once you check that box, your photos will get synced and stored to your iCloud without you having to do anything else.
In order to keep your data and files secured, disk permissions play a huge role for your Mac. It’s a protection against various software to have an access to your information and data without your permission.
To secure your Mac and repair the disk permissions, do the following. Open Disk Utility, and select Macintosh HD from the list on the left side.
Then, once you’ve selected your hard disk, press First Aid tab. In that tab, you’ll have to press “Verify Disk Permissions”. Once you do that, the disk utility will work its way through your hard disk and find & remove misbehaving or broken permissions.
After that, you’ll have to click on “Repair Disk Permissions” and wait until the Disk Utility has repaired them for you.
If your battery life isn’t satisfying enough, there’s a possibility that some activities are using a lot of resources which drains and even slows down your Mac. With these tips, you can find out the apps which use the most resources, close them and immediately improve the overall performance of your Mac.
First, open the Activity Monitor. You’ll then see a new tab pop up with a few different tabs. When you press on any of these tabs, the apps will get sorted in a different way.
You’ll easily identify the problem processes that are either hogging your CPU or memory. To kill a problematic process, simply select it and then click the “X” button in the top left corner.
When Spotlight isn’t working correctly, you won’t be getting the wanted results. However, by checking whether Spotlight is re-indexing your Mac, you can get it to work perfectly, showing all your wanted results.
To check whether Spotlight is re-indexing your Mac, go to System Preferences, click Spotlight and go to the Privacy tab.
In the Privacy tab, you will have to click the “+”. When the pop-up window comes up asking if you’re sure, just press Yes.
Now, to re-index your Spotlight search, click “-” to remove the disk rom Privacy tab. By doing this, your Mac will be forced to reindex the disk.
This will make sure that your Spotlight is indexing your searches properly without showing nonsense results.
Duplicated files happen from time to time, and your Mac can’t do anything about it without your help. By removing duplicated files, you will free more space on your storage, yet improve the overall speed of your Mac.
To find and remove duplicated files, open Finder and in the top taskbar press File, and from the bottom menu, choose “New Smart Folder”.
In the smart folder, search the files by sorting them by a name. This way, you’ll easily spot if there are two identical files on the list. As soon as you find the duplicated file, simply remove it by adding it to the trash.
It might be a long process, however, if you would like to speed up your time, look into software such as “DrCleaner” that does the search and removal work automatically.
When you’ve updated your drivers and turned down graphics settings but still get poor frame rates while playing games online, the culprit may be your service provider.
Checking your network speeds is incredibly easy, thanks to a host of free tools available. You can either download the official Microsoft Network Speed Test app or instead using an online tool like speedtest.net.
These apps work by uploading and then downloading a small amount of data to see how quickly the transfer takes place. If your speed is slow, you may have an issue with your modem or router, or you may need to upgrade your service packing through your Internet provider.
We believe that everyone who uses their Mac with a purpose doesn’t have a lot of time to organize their desktop, no matter how messy it is. It might be hard to believe, but organizing your desktop can actually give your Mac a little performance boost.
Each desktop icon is treated as own memory footprint on Mac, and once you reduce the number of icons you have on your desktop, you will breathe a little bit of life into your Mac.
To organize your Mac desktop, simply delete unused icons or group commonly used icons together into folders. This will lower the amount of footprint memory and it will have a great impact on your Mac device.
Not a lot of people use widget dashboard on Mac, however, there is a possibility that you have widgets available on your dashboard running in the background you don’t even know about! Removing and closing down the gadgets you aren’t using can free up some memory and therefore, increase the overall performance of your Mac.
To close the widgets, head to the widget dashboard by either using three-finger gesture on your touchpad or using Spotlight or Finder to open the Dashboard.
Once you’re in your dashboard, simply click the minus icon in the left bottom corner which will active “X” for each widget. Simply click “X” for the widget you’d like to remove, confirm it, and that’s how you successfully remove a widget.
If you remove any by an accident, don’t worry, because you can always add it again into your dashboard.
Once you install a fresh copy of Mac OS on your favorite Mac, you’ll get a load of icons down in your dock. However, by removing some of the icons you don’t use often, you will be able to get your MacBook load faster after a boot and increase its overall performance.
Apple is one of the most known brands that specialize in simplicity and therefore, removing icons from your dock is way simpler than people think it is.
To remove icons from your dock, simply press and hold on the icon and drag it to the trash bin at the end of the dock (right bottom corner). Whenever you feel like you need the icon back, you can add it by dragging the icon of the app into the dock again.
Also, it would be useful to uncheck “Animate opening applications” and “Automatically hide and show the dock” from Settings – Dock menu. It increases the performance and overall speed.
FileVault is something which is still popular for older Mac users which still use the Hard Disk Drive. It’s a security feature which encrypts and decrypts all your data on the disk drive. By disabling it, you will save a lot of time when you write or read something from your drive, but also shorten the wait time too.
To disable FileVault, head to the Settings Preferences menu, choose Security and Privacy from the first row, and then choose the FileVault tab.
In there, all you have to do is press “Turn off FileVault” feature, which will most likely ask you for your password if you have one.
Letting your Mac log in automatically to your account and disabling reopening windows is the easiest way to boost the booting time of your Mac. It’ll boost the performance and speed of your Mac simply by removing unnecessary options.
To let your Mac automatically log in, go to the System Preferences, head to the Users & Groups, choose your account, and on the right side under “Automatic Login” choose your name.
To disable reopening windows when you boot or restart your Mac, simply click Apple menu icon in the top left corner. Press turn off, and when a new menu pops up, uncheck “Reopen windows when logging back in.”
Killing dock animations can lead to an increase in overall speed and performance, and it’s definitely something that’s not very necessary. Yet it can help Mac users who run older devices and still use Hard Disk Drive.
To kill the dock animations, head to the System Preferences, and click on a Dock icon from the first row. In the menu, make sure to uncheck “Animate opening applications” to turn off the animation.
Along with the dock animation, we’d highly recommend you to also disable open/close animation, quick look animations, and even disable window size adjustment. To disable these three settings, head to the System Preferences and go through the app icons and make sure you disable every animation you come across.
Mac’s dashboard can be a pretty useful thing, but if you’re never using it, you might even benefit from disabling it. Disabling the widgets dashboard on your Mac can help your device require and use fewer resources. The benefits are a better overall speed experience and performance.
To disable the widget dashboard, open the System Preferences, and in the first row, click on Mission Control. In Mission Control menu, find “Dashboard”, click to open the drop-down menu and choose “Turn off”.
But if your aim is to disable the dashboard system-wide, you’ll have to use a terminal and past the following: “defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES && killall Dock”.
If you’ve been using your Mac for a while now, optimizing your hard disk drive can free up and optimize the memory, speed up the read/write speed, and even help with booting time.
To optimize your hard disk storage on Mac OS Sierra and higher, click on the Apple menu icon in the top left corner. When a drop menu opens, choose “”About this Mac””.
In a new window, choose the third tab which says “”Memory””. The first drive listed will be your primary disk drive, and next to it, you’ll find a “”Manage”” button.
When you press that button, you’ll get a new window with recommended tasks and optimizations you can do. The second given option will be “”Optimize your memory”” which you can do by clicking “”Optimize”” button next to it.”
If your Mac mail is slowing you down, the best solution might be to rebuild it. Rebuilding your mail is a very simple task anyone can do, yet you will definitely see the improvement in the faster load and less resource usage.
To rebuild your mail, open your mail and select your mailbox in the mail sidebar. Then from the taskbar at the top of your screen, choose “Mailbox” and at the bottom of the new drop-down menu, you’ll see the “Rebuild” button.
Press Rebuild and the Mac will guide you through the rebuilding process that will improve the loading time and speed of your Mail app.
Unneeded notifications might not only slow your Mac down but also slow you down and make you lose focus easily. Disabling unneeded notifications will make a system to spend fewer resources to display the notifications.
You can disable unneeded notifications one by one, or all at once.
To disable all notifications at once, go to the System Preferences, and click on the “Notifications” icon in the first row. In the new menu, you can set the “Do Not Disturb” settings and choose the wanted time when you don’t want to receive any notifications.
However, if you want to disable notifications one by one, choose the applications from the left side menu and choose the notifications settings individually.
Finder is one of the most convenient ways to search your Mac and find any file you’re looking for. However, whenever you’re opening a new Finder tab, instead of being directed to all your files, narrowing down the new tab to specific folder might save you some time, and even increase the overall performance.
To change the default folder of your new Finder tab, open the Finder and go to the Finder Preferences. In a new pop-up window, stay in the “General” tab and look for a “New Finder window shows”.
You’ll see a drop menu where you can choose which folder you’d like to have open whenever the new Finder window is clicked.
Having everything ready for use when you need it the most is a way most people have it. However, leaving your peripherals connected even when you aren’t using them might slow your Mac down, especially at the startup. By unplugging peripherals such as a printer will increase a boot speed time.
Simply disable third-party devices that aren’t connected to your Mac yet haven’t been used in a while. Whenever you need the device, simply connect it then.
We would recommend you to also disable network volume automounts. It’s a feature that automatically tries to recognize network discs which might slow down your booting time. The easiest way to disable it without having to operate the launch terminal is to use a software called Disk Arbitrator. It has a simple-to-use interface which will make sure your hard disk disables the automatical recognition tries.
Checking the health of your Mac device is a good idea, just to make sure everything is alright. Sometimes, health checks can indicate you whether you are having any problem with a hardware or software and therefore, it can save you from troubles.
To check the health of your Mac, click on the Apple menu and choose “About this Mac”. At the bottom, you’ll find the “System Report” button which you should click.
In a new window that popped up, there will be all hardware listed on the left side and when you click on any hardware, you’ll get to see their possible status. Any areas that might be of a concern will be highlighted for you to spot easily.
A lot of Windows users who are recently switching on the Mac OS on any Mac device rather shut down the laptop instead of putting it to sleep. Unlike Windows, Mac devices are very smooth when it comes to the sleep mode. And putting your Mac into sleeping mode rather than shutting it down and turning it on soon might help save your battery life.
To put your Mac into a sleep mode, either press the ON/OFF button once or simply close the lid if you own MacBook as it will automatically put your laptop into the sleep mode.
Or you can simply click on the Apple menu icon in the top left corner and choose the sleep option to put your Mac to sleep.
If you’ve ever experienced a problem with any of the apps on your Mac, it’s most likely that fixing corrupted preference files might sort out the problem. Fixing corrupted preference files can help your apps work properly again and therefore improve the best overall performance of your apps.
To fix corrupted preference files, make sure you shut down the application that’s not working properly. Head to the Finder, click your user account folder, and then click Go. From the drop list menu choose “Go to Folder…”.
There, you’ll have to type “~/Library/Preferences” and then click Go. Find the application that was causing the problem, and drag its file and drop it in the trash. When you have done that, run the application again and then you’ll get to set up your new preferences.
That will create a new preferences file and your problems will be solved.
Most of the Mac apps offer a decent customization ability. However, when there is a lot of customization inside one app, there may be some software glitches. If the app’s preferences files are corrupt, the apps might not work properly. However, by fixing the preferences files will get your apps working smoothly and correctly.
Once you notice the app is not working properly, close it. Then head to the Finder and click your user account name. Then, from the top taskbar click on the “Go” to open a drop menu and then click the last option which is “Go to Folder…”.
In there, you have to paste the following “~/Library/Preferences” a click Go. Then, in the new folder, search for the app and remove its preferences file by dragging it to trash. When you’ve done that, open the app again and you’ll be able to customize it again from the default as that will create a new preferences file.
Mac devices running the latest Mac OS have the ability to use animated wallpapers as the background. However, that might not be the best thing if you’re looking for a better speed and performance. Removing animated wallpaper and using a static wallpaper instead can make a huge difference in booting time but also desktop speed and usage.
To remove the animated wallpaper, simply double-click anywhere on your desktop, and press “Change desktop background”. A new window will pop up where you can choose any of the default photos that come with Mac OS or even use any of your photos by finding the file in the right menu folder.
If you have a Mac with a fresh copy of the latest Mac OS, you’ll most likely have two profiles at the log in page. One is yours and another one is a Guest profile. Using a guest profile has a lot of benefits, as it can protect your privacy, help you save on disk space, and even improve security.
To access Guest profile on your Mac, simply press Apple button at the top left corner and choose Log Out “Your Username”. Then, simply choose the Guest profile, and as soon as you get logged in, you’ll be ready to use it to your advantage. Guest account allows the users improved speed because of the less data and preferences are saved in the RAM for the specific account.
Each browser uses differing system resources, especially when you get bogged down with add-ons and extensions. While Chrome is an efficient browser, it is quite system-hungry and go be slower than the competetition.
If you don’t have the RAM or processor required to get the best Chrome experience, you may want to simply switch to a different browser to increase your speed.
Extensions offer increased functionality to your browser, but they also eat up more memory and CPU resources. When you have multiple extensions running at the same time on websites with tons of graphics and video files, you will notice major lag.
To get your browser back up to speed, be sure to remove old extensions you don’t use. In Chrome, click the Menu icon then choose More Tools and click Extensions. Simply click Remove beneath the name of any extension you want gone.
In Firefox, instead click Menu and then Add-Ons and select Remove next to the name of any extensino you don’t need.
Cache and cookies are two necessary things that any browsers consist of. However, if you haven’t cleared out the caches and cookies in a long time, they might end up overcrowding your browser and eventually slowing it down.
To clear out cache and cookies on Safari browser, open the Safari. Click on the Safari tab in the top taskbar and choose Preferences.
In the new window that just opened, head to the Privacy tab. Then, find and press “Remove All Website Data…”. This will clear all cache and cookies, yet will keep all your browsing history and information intact.
When clearing cache and cookies can’t help you improve the speed and reliability of your browser, reinstalling your browser will bring all settings and information to default. Therefore, uninstalling and reinstalling the same browser you’re using will most likely fix any issues you might be facing.
When you’re ready to uninstall your browser, head to Finder, and choose Applications from the left side menu. On the right side, you’ll see a list of apps you have installed. Find your browser, and simply drag it to trash to uninstall it.
Once you want to install the browser back, you’ll need to have an installation package ready to start the installation process. Therefore, make sure to download the installation package from the official site before uninstalling your browser, if it’s the only one browser you have on your Mac.
After following the instructions, you’ll quickly install the browser back and have it ready as a default browser.
No matter which browser you’re using, if you have too many tabs open at the same time, your browser might not be working at its full speed. The more tabs you have, the slower it will run. However, limiting your tabs will allow your laptop to process the open tabs easily without any complications and slow issues.
To limit your tabs, simply pay attention to the number of tabs you have open when you’re using your browser. If you find yourself with too many tabs open, make sure to clear some out by closing tabs you aren’t using or you don’t need open at all.
It’s something you should do constantly to keep your browser and laptop optimized so it can reach the potential speed you will benefit from.
While browsers like Chrome and Firefox come loaded with a variety of features for speeding up web browsing, there are always additional tweaks to be made to get slightly better performance.
Depending on your hardware setup and the types of sites you visit, a handful of speed management plugins may give you a boost while surfing the web.
In particular, you may want to try Speed Tweaks, which disables inactive tabs and loads the mobile versions of pages for better performance. Clean Chrome is another solid option that clears out history, cache, cookies, and other saved data for you at regular intervals.
If you experience slow-downs during your browsing sessions, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your Mac or browser. The real problem might be your connection. However, luckily, you can do a few things to speed up your internet connection and still browse without any slow-downs.
To have the chance to speed up your internet connection, the first step would be to check your internet preferences. Go to System Preferences and click Network icon.
Anyone browsing the web in the 21st century knows that public wi-fi networks can be dicey. If you want to browse securely while avoiding malware and tracking programs that can reduce your speed, we recommend using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Make sure to pick a VPN server close to your actual location, as latency will increase the further away your device is from the VPN. This may not always be possible however, especially if you are using a VPN to access region-locked content.
There are a multitude of free and paid VPN options available out there. Check out this rundown to get started using a private network.
Opening giant PDF files can very quickly eat up your web browser’s memory. If you frequently read large documents online, keep in mind that you can preview PDFs as an HTML file through Gmail for quicker loading!
In the older version of Gmail you had to actually right-click and select the View option to load a file as HTML. That is no longer the case, as Gmail now automatically renders previews as HTML.
Simply click anywhere on the PDF attachment in your email (so long as you don’t click the Download or Organize In Drive buttons) and an HTML preview version will appear that loads much faster.
If you need to save multiple files from a single web page – such as a bunch of different images or a large number of MP3 files – you may not want to spend all that time right-clicking and choosing Save As repeatedly. Instead, you can use a browser extension to automatically download everything from a page all at once.
As we’ve discussed in other types, your web browser caches certain web page components so they load faster when you return to a page. If you constantly go to the same pages, or frequently hit the back and forward buttons, having a large cache size can mean increased load times.
To change your cache size in Firefox, type “about:config” in the URL bar and hit Enter, then click I Accept The Risk. Scroll down the alphabetical list until you see the option labeled “browser.cache.disk.capacity.”
Double-click the entry, and then change the cache size to whatever you size you want (in bytes, so you’ll have to do the math to convert from bytes to megabytes).
When you frequently check one particular site over and over, you may not want to load that site’s various graphics and scripts repeatedly. If you want the fastest, leanest way to browse new content, we recommend using an RSS feed instead.
RSS feeds essentially give you a text rundown of new articles, rather than seeing the entire graphics-heavy web page, and they let you quickly check overviews of new content on sites you love. You can collect feeds with an RSS reader, such as the web-based Feedly or the browser add-on Feedbro.
Computer components generate heat while they operate, which is why your laptop has a heat sink, cooling fan, and exhaust ports. Some notebook computers are better designed than others however, and many of them are prone to overheating.
This tends to be more of an issue for gaming rigs, but any laptop is susceptible to overheating. If your computer isn’t properly ventilating heat, you will suffer on the performance front and notice slow speeds and frequent crashes.
If your laptop gets very hot frequently, try **buying a cooling pad** [best cooler by Portable Monkey] with extra fans to keep the temperature down to an acceptable level.
If you’re running an old Mac that isn’t supported by the latest Mac OS X and is slowing down day by day, installing NeverWare OS and turning your Mac into Chromebook will make it efficient and fast again. Just like it was when it was brand new!
To install NeverWare OS (CloudReady operating system) on your Mac, you’ll have to visit their official site, create the USB installer from the files you’ve downloaded, and then restart your Mac, boot into the USB and proceed with the installation. Just make sure to take care of your most important files before proceeding with the installation.
If you’re looking for a step-by-step process – here’s a useful official tutorial on the complete process and the way it’s done.
We are all used to the most known programs and apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office package, and many others. But we don’t even realize how many other opportunities are out there which might be a better fit for our needs. Running such alternative apps and programs can be a better fit for your Mac, resulting in a faster launching speed & less RAM usage.
If your Mac is really slow with certain apps, we’d highly recommend you to replace them with some of the alternatives.
Here are some of the most known alternatives we highly recommend.
– GIMP instead of Adobe Photoshop
– FreeOffice instead of Microsoft Office
If your Mac gets really slow once you open a few apps at the same time, it’s most likely that your Mac lacks a bit of RAM and that it can’t handle many different apps at the same time. However, using only the apps you need at the given moment will make sure your Mac keeps running smoothly without any slow-downs.
To run fewer programs at the same time, you’ll have to close every other program you’re not using either by clicking at the program and quitting it using “CMD + Q” shortcut, or by clicking at the program and then clicking at its name at the top taskbar, and choosing “Quit -name of the app” from the drop-down menu.
The same rule applies for the browsing tabs. The more browser tabs you have open at the same time – the more memory your Mac will have to use, and it could slow it down. Therefore, make sure to close unused tabs as well and only run a few of them at the same time for the best efficiency.
Google Chrome has a series of experimental features that can be changed by end users to tweak their overall browsing experience. One of those features is the number of raster threads, which controls how quickly images are loaded.
If graphics load slowly while you surf the web, type the phrase “chrome://flags/#num-raster-threads” into the URL bar and hit Enter. Scroll down to the entry labeled Number Of Raster Threads and change the setting from Default to 4.
Note that if you don’t have a quad core processor (or higher), this won’t give you much of a noticeable change in speed.
Like with the raster thread count feature, Google Chrome includes other experimental features that can give better speeds with certain types of hardware. If you’re willing to try a feature that isn’t fully supported yet, you can change to the Simple Cache setting, which will offer slightly better speeds when reloading pages.
To turn on this feature, type the phrase “chrome://flags/#enable-simple-cache-backend” into the URL bar and hit Enter. Scroll down to the entry labeled Simple Cache For HTTP and change Default to Enabled. Restart your browser to enable the change.
A wide variety of extensions and add-ons are available for any given browser to modify your web surfing experience. Some of those extensions come straight from the browser developers themselves, and can offer significant speed boosts.
One of those useful tools is Google’s Data Saver extension, which uses Google servers to compress a page before any data is downloaded. This means that pages that normally use tons of system resources will instead load in stripped-down, more streamlined versions much faster than normal.
With the sheer amount of content available across the web, sometimes the best way to conserve data usage and prevent slowdowns due to huge data downloads is just to save pages to browse later.
If you don’t want dozens of tabs open at once and prefer to parcel out your browsing into smaller chunks, there are a multitude of tools available to save content and remind you to view it down the line.
On the free side, you can try out web-based tools like Instapaper or Evernote’s WebClipper. There are even extensions and programs to add to your browser for saving content, like Google Keep or Pocket Chrome.
Flash can be a very useful feature, especially if you like to stream videos regularly on websites, but many users don’t need it to be constantly active. Culling down the amount of Flash content that sites can use will give you faster browsing speeds.
You don’t have to fully disable Flash, either. In Chrome, you can choose to force Flash to ask for permission before being utilized on any tab. To change this setting, type the phrase “chrome://settings/content/flash” into the URL bar and hit Enter. Click the Flash entry, and then toggle on the option labeled Ask First (Recommended).
Extensions offer a variety of excellent features, but they also tend to slow down your browsing. If you don’t want to delete extensions and add-ons, there are ways to make them less intrusive.
The previous tip explains how to force Flash to ask permission to load, but you can set websites to ask your permission to utilize any plugin before accessing your computer.
Open the Chrome menu and select Settings, then scroll to the bottom and click Advanced. In the Privacy & Security section, click Content Settings, then select UnsandbonxedPluginAccess. Toggle on the button labeled Ask When A Site Wants To Use A Plugin.
Most Mac computers can handle the most demanding tasks virtually through hardware, but still, sometimes Mac laptops and computers need a little bit of help cooling them down. By cooling your Mac physically, you will prevent any hardware from getting damaged from high temperatures and benefit from a smooth performance.
The best way to cool down your MacBook laptop is to invest a little bit of money in a cooling pad. You would simply plug in the pad to your MacBook via USB cable and put the laptop on the cooling pad. The cooling pad fans will physically cool down your MacBook from below through the case.
If your MacBook has done a lot of cycles (battery recharging) in the past, it might not be as good as it was when it was brand new. By replacing the battery, your battery recharging cycles will be on zero again, and you’ll have a battery that will last longer and take less time to recharge.
On MacBooks before 2013, you would simply have to unscrew the back panel, disconnect the battery cord and pull it out using the little sticky plastic that’s attached to the battery for easier removal. Place in the new battery, connect it with the cord and turn on your MacBook again.
However, on 2014 and newer MacBooks, you’ll have to visit a repair center and let them do it instead of you since it’s not as easy to get to the battery as it was in earlier models.
If your Mac is still under the warranty and it has started acting weird, it’s a great idea to have Apple specialists check out your laptop as you might even be eligible for free hardware replacement in case of failure. They’re free if your Mac still has a warranty and yet you faced the faulty hardware after a short time of use. You will benefit by having your Mac repaired with a new hardware that will last longer than the last one.
The first step is to check whether your Mac is still covered by Apple warranty. To do so, visit Apple Check Warranty, where you will have to enter a serial number of your Mac.
The search will come up with your Mac details, but also the warranty information. If your warranty is still active, it will be green. Then you can give Apple a call and discuss the matter and ask about the free parts replacement.
Microsoft is not related to your Mac unless you’re using Microsoft Office package. If your Microsoft Office suite is acting weird, not working properly, taking too long to open, not saving files – by using “Microsoft Fix It”, your Office suite will be diagnosed and possibly repaired.
To run Microsoft Fix It support, you’ll have to log in into official Microsoft site and download Support and Recovery Assistant . After the download is done, you’ll have to run the installation program.
In the Support and Recovery Assistant, you’ll have to follow the steps suggested by Microsoft and let it diagnose your Microsoft Office Suite. Prepare yourself for a bit of waiting, but also for a possible solution to your problems.
When your older Mac is getting a bit slower day by day, it’s most likely that cleaning up the registry can help to improve the overall speed, boot speed, and use of applications.
Unlike Windows’ “Windows Registry Cleaner”, MacBook doesn’t have an official registry or an app you could use. However, what you should use is an app called “Cache Cleaner” which will clear the cache of your Mac and drastically improve the speed of your Mac in case you haven’t periodically cleaned the cache anytime earlier.
To download the Cache Cleaner, head to their official website, download the installation program and follow the instructions. Along cleaning your cache, resetting PRAM and SMC can help too.
Mac computers and laptops can get slow over time for many different reasons. Not knowing what is the exact reason won’t leave you with a clue on how to fix it. Therefore, troubleshooting your Mac will give you a clear clue if everything is performing as it should, and what might be slowing down your Mac.
The simplest and best way to troubleshoot your Mac is using the Activity Monitor. To open Activity Monitor, turn on Spotlight and type in “Activity Monitor.app”.
When Activity Monitor pops up, you have to go through the following tabs “CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and Network”. The best way to acquire some information is to leave Activity Monitor running in the background as you use the Mac. Then, go back to the Activity Monitor and have a look at the graphs, apps that use the most CPU, how is RAM spread and used, and whether your network is working smoothly.
When your Mac starts acting weird, crashing constantly, not working properly, boot time is slower than usual, or simply your Mac takes too long to launch apps – there’s a high possibility your hard disk isn’t working up to its potential. Running a first aid scan through disk utility on your Mac will help you troubleshoot and solve the problems, resulting in a faster overall performance.
First, open Disk Utility by opening Spotlight and typing in “Disk Utility.app”. Then, in a new pop up window, click on your hard drive, and in the top menu, the first icon is First Aid. After confirming to run First Aid, you’ll be guided through the procedure.
However, keep in mind that you’ll have to have a bit of time for the First Aid process.
If your Mac is slow and you aren’t sure what’s exactly causing the problem, but you suspect it might be hard disk – OnyX might be a perfect solution for you. OnyX is an app available for Mac which verifies the startup disk and the whole system file structure. By running the utility, it will check your hard disk and find any possible problems.
First thing you should do is visit the official OnyX site and download the Mac version of the app. Run the installer and follow the guidance which is provided by the OnyX.
For visual learners, here’s a video that will guide you through the app with some additional help.
The spotlight is one of the best shortcuts to open an app or find something you’re looking for on your Mac. However, when there’s a search conflict, search results might not be exactly what you’re looking for. Fixing permission conflicts in the spotlight will bring better efficiency and results of your every search.
To fix permission conflicts, head to the System Preferences and click Spotlight. In the Spotlight window, find and press on Privacy button. In there, you will see a box where it says “Prevent Spotlight from searching these locations”. You’ll have to drag your hard disk from a Finder menu right to that box.
Then, turn the indexing on but keep in mind to remove the hard drive from the list. This will restart the indexing of your hard disk drive and it will fix the conflicts issues.
If you’re experiencing system crashes, weird situations when you save or load the data, the inapproper launch of the apps or anything that might make you think your hard disk is at the fault might actually be that your SATA cable need replacement. Replacing the SATA cable will improve the connection and remove any possible errors that might be causing some of the problems.
You’ll have to purchase a new 2.5 HDD SATA cable from your local store or online retail store. When you have that, you’ll have to turn off your MacBook, remove the back cover and unplug the battery cable.
Then, you’ll have to locate your hard disk. There will be two screws you will have to unscrew to lift up the hard disk. When you lift up the hard disk, make sure to unplug the SATA cable. Find where the SATA cable ends, and gently remove it. Video on how-to do it step by step is here.
Plug in your new SATA cable, attach it to the hard disk, make sure you screw in everything back, plug in the battery cable, put the back cover properly, and only then you can turn on your Mac.
If your Mac boots up successfully, a new cable was successfully installed. Then, use your MacBook and give it some time to see whether it solved the problems you were experiencing earlier.
Mac OS is full of beautiful visual effects, however, sometimes they can be the reason your apps might be opening slower and the reason why your Mac is running slower than usual. Turning off visual effects might be a bit of a sacrifice, but it will definitely bring more speed and smoothness in the overall performance.
To turn off visual effects, go to System Preferences, and click on the Dock icon. In there, you will have to untick the following boxes – “Animate opening applications” & “Automatically hide and show dock”.
Also, we would recommend clicking on “Minimize windows using:” and change it from “Genie effect” to “Scale effect” for best performance.
If you’re experiencing problems with your Mac after recent new hardware replacement or add-ons, rebuilding kernel extensions cache can make sure to run the hardware correctly with your OS, resulting in the smoother experience without any crashes or system problems.
Even before rebuilding kernel extensions, you’ll have to boot in Safe Mode by turning on your Mac while holding the Shift key.
Then, once you’re in Safe Mode, you’ll have to launch a terminal by opening Spotlight search and typing in “Terminal”. In the Terminal window that just opened, you’ll just need to run a few lines.
The first line you’ll have to run is “sudo chown root:admin /” to ensure the system root is owned by “root”.
Then, the second line you’ll have to run is “sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel” that will grab any new extensions which have recently been added to your Mac.
The final line you’ll have to run is “sudo kextcache -system-caches” in order to rebuild kernel extensions. After that, you can restart your Mac and boot into your system as usual.
When you’re running more than one disk drive on your Mac, you’ll have at least two or more partitions available. In some cases, when you have more than one partition on your Mac, you’ll have to set which partition you want to be a default, in order to ensure faster booting time.
Otherwise, Mac would try each partition one by one on every startup until it gets it right and successfully boots into the system. Therefore, you’ll save yourself some time and some hard work for your drive.
To set your default partition on Mac, head to the System Preferences and click on Startup Disks. In the new window, you’ll get a message saying “Select the system you want to use to start up your computer”.
Then, simply choose the partition which contains your OS X system and close the window. Next time you boot your Mac, it will automatically know which partition to boot into, resulting in faster booting time and easier process.
Mac computers and laptops that haven’t recently installed a fresh copy of operating system might face some root directory ownership problems which would lead to confusion in the system. Making sure to check and set user directory ownership right will help Mac run smoothly and never experience any system problems or slow-downs.
To make sure your user directory ownership is all good without any glitches or problems, you’ll have to run 3 simple lines in the Terminal.
Start by searching for “Terminal” in Spotlight search. When the terminal opens, here’s the first line you’ll have to run.
It’s “sudo chown root:admin /”. Then, the second line will be “sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel”.
Finally, the last line you’ll have to run is “sudo kextcache -system-caches”.
You’ll be asked for your account password, so don’t worry as it’s nothing unusual. Also, these 3 lines can’t do anything wrong to your system even if your user directory ownership is all good.
Disk permissions are one of the most important things when it comes down to Mac file security. It uses a unique way of determining who can read/write files, where, and how. Sometimes, such disk permissions can be wrong due to a number of reasons, and fixing them will get your Mac back to working properly with no single error.
To set disk permissions and verify if they’re set properly, search for “Disk Utility.app” in the Spotlight search. When Disk Utility opens, in the left side menu, choose your drive’s name. Then, on the right side, click on a button that says “Repair Disk Permissions”.
There’s nothing wrong in doing this even if your disk permissions are all good. But it can drastically set straight some disk permissions which weren’t configured well.
Even though Mac OS doesn’t have as much malware issues as Windows OS does, you still aren’t malware-free. By checking regularly for malware on your Mac, you’ll make sure that there aren’t any and that your Mac is running to its potential. Meaning, your Mac will continue to run smoothly for a long time.
To do so, you’ll have to get an anti-malware app and we highly recommend Malwarebytes for Mac. You can download it from the company’s official website. Simply install the app and open it up.
The interface is very simple, and you’ll see a big button saying “Scan Now”. Press it and let the app do everything for you. When the app finishes scanning your Mac, you’ll get a report if there’s any malware found and available actions you can take to eliminate/remove the threats.
It’s very simple and the app is totally free.
Everything you download through any browser will go directly to your Downloads folder by default. However, if you haven’t organized your Downloads folder in a while, or if there are too many files inside – that can slightly slow down your Mac, slow down your downloads, and even slow down your Finder.
To speed up your downloads folder, you’ll have to make sure it’s organized and that it’s neat, just like your desktop. Remove any unnecessary files and folders, group the similar files and icons together in one folder, and even take out some of the files from downloads folder and place them anywhere on your drive.
Just make sure to not overcrowd your Download folder or keep unnecessary files in there for too long. It will save you lots of time when you need to find something, but it will also make your system and Finder run smooth.
Search indexing is also known as Spotlight indexing and it’s a Mac feature which logs in the most frequent searches and brings the most precise results.
However, if your Mac is slowed down every time you use Spotlight search, then the problem might be the search indexing which is running in the back.
To disable search indexing for your Mac, you’ll have to open Terminal and run the following command.
“sudo launchtl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDeamons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist”
This will turn off the search indexing which will also disable Spotlight indexing. You will definitely experience speed improvement, but if you ever decide to turn on the search indexing, here’s the following code you’ll have to use.
“sudo launchtl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDeamons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist”
Default Mac browser is Safari and it always will be, and even though Safari is optimized for Mac OS X, it’s not always the best choice. Sometimes, switching Safari for Google Chrome or any of other top-rated browsers can increase the browsing speed and less RAM usage.
To change your browser, you’ll have to download the new browser from their official site and install it on your Mac. Once it’s installed, you’ll be able to use your new browser straight away.
Just make sure to set up your new browser as default browser by going to System Preferences and tapping into General. There, you’ll find a “Default Web Browser” where you can change Safari for your new browser.
You can have as many extensions on your browser, however, having too many might slow your web browsing down. Therefore, removing extensions which aren’t working properly, aren’t updated, or aren’t frequently used will bring back your browsing speed up to its potential.
To remove unused extensions on Safari browser, open Safari, click on Safari in the top taskbar and choose Preferences from the drop-down menu.
In the new window that opened, choose “Extensions” tab. In the left side menu, you’ll see installed extensions, and to remove any unused extensions simply click on its name, and on the right side click “Uninstall” button.