How can i make my Macbook Pro faster?
Macs are known for be one of the fastest Pc’s, then you may be wonder why your Macbook Pro is so slow. There are several reasons that stops your Mac from running fast like bad personal habits about the app’s organization, old outdated hardware among others, this article has the solution for each problem with fast and easy steps so that your Macbook Pro go back how it was originally.
- 1 How to fix odd hardware errors
- 2 Adding RAM and/or replacing the SSD
- 3 Stopping the applications from opening at Startup
- 4 Cleaning the desktop and dashboard
- 5 Cleaning the browsers
- 6 Repairing disk permissions
- 7 Getting rid of heavy programs with activity monitor
- 8 Updating the latest mscOS version
- 9 Removing fancy features for more speed
- 10 Free some disk space
- 11 Extra Tips:
How to fix odd hardware errors
What is an odd behavior in your Mac? Some users note estrange acts in their Macs like fan running forever, battery indicator light on when supposed to be off and taking years to shut down, a simple and effective solution is on the NVRAM/PRAM and SMC configuration, you can control power and thermal management here, this method will take around an hour and a half.
Here a brief and useful video with the instructions.
Adding RAM and/or replacing the SSD
If you have an older version of the Macbook Pro and all the methods you tried so far didn’t speed up your Mac then this high effective technique will.
For this method you will have to open the bottom case, adding more RAM or switching the SSD for a speedy one will optimize the overall performance, will take around one and half hour.
Stopping the applications from opening at Startup
If you note your Pc is taking too long at startup is probably because the auto-run applications, this method can take around six to ten minutes and will improve your Mac in a moderate level by allocating better the system resources.
Here a quick video with the instructions
Cleaning the desktop and dashboard
After starting your Mac, you notice that it takes too much time to load the first screen this is probably because you have a cluttered desktop and too many dashboard widgets, an item on your desktop it’s treat as a task, so like every task it requires resources to load, so reducing them will improve the speed, this method will take 15 to 30 minutes.
Now, how to do it? Well here are some easy tips:
- All the files saved directly on desktop put them in folders and move these to Documents.
- Keep just the necessary apps on Dock by clicking on them and then select Options and Remove from Dock the ones you don’t need.
- Remove the widgets you don’t use by just clicking the x button.
Cleaning the browsers
There are some cases when the users complain about the web browsers performance because these keep loading very slow the web sites and showing no response, it is known that all browsers drag down the performance of your Mac so here are some easy and fast tips to optimize your internet surfing.
This method will speed up your Mac in a moderate level and will take approximately 25 minutes.
- Clean all the internal files like cookies, caches and history.
- Reinstall de browsers if seems necessary.
- Once the browser open keep fewer tabs on them, there are some pages that have lots of flash requires and adds.
- There may be some extensions unused, remove them from Chrome, Safari, etc.
Note: Safari uses more RAM from all browsers as time goes by, if you note this problem resetting will solve it.
Repairing disk permissions
Sometimes you may notice a lag at starting up some applications, the reason could be damage files permission that cause some programs to run in a non-normal way or even not running at all, this method will help you in a moderate level and will take around 20 minutes.
Here a quick video with the steps.
Getting rid of heavy programs with activity monitor
Sometimes there’s the need to have various applications open at once, if you notice your Mac starts to slow down after open lots of programs but don’t know which one is causing the lag then this method is he right one for you, will take around 20 minutes and will improve the speed in a moderate level.
Open Activity Monitor and check the amount of system resources each program takes, this task manager shows the inactive and active applications, once you find the one is slowing down the speed of your Mac you can stop it right there.
Here a brief and useful video with the instructions.
Updating the latest mscOS version
Are you still using Mojave or High Sierra? If the answer is affirmative then you must update your Macbook Pro to the latest version (macOS 10.15 Catalina), for this upgrade is necessary 15 GB of space in hard drive and 2 GB of RAM.
Newer version of macOS often bring better performance than the older versions, it’s a very effective way to speed up your Macbook Pro but first you need to check the backup data, the compatibility and the storage space.
This method will take approximately 20 minutes.
Removing fancy features for more speed
This method is for those who owns an older Mac because the configuration of their hardware is more limited then elaborated features like visual effects and heavy interfaces won’t run smoothly. Will take around 20 minutes.
- Turn off Launchpad effects and FileVault Disk Encryption option.
- Decrease Transparency and Animations.
- To remove preferences panes open System Preferences, then locate the panes that will be remove and right-click on them to eliminate.
- You can reduce the quantity of windows by changing the Genie Effect to Scale Effect.
- Disable real-time unnecessary notifications.
Free some disk space
You can tell you are running out of space when your Mac starts to freeze and slow down more often, this happens because Macs takes the free hard disk space as virtual memory, in other words, it takes it like RAM, so if the computer needs some extra virtual memory and doesn’t find it on the hard drive it will become slow.
This method will take around one and a half or two hours and here are the instructions:
- Clean the cache, plugins and history from all the browser.
- Get rid of the language packs you don’t use.
- Clean the Mac Trash bin.
- Try to move big files like movies to an external hard drive.
- Go to the most used browsers and then to the Download carpet and eliminate the unnecessary files.
- Sometimes you generate duplicates of files if this is the case then remove them (try using Gemini 2 to find those duplicates quickly).
- You probably have some unused applications that needs to be uninstall.
A fast way to fix a slow Macbook Pro is using the CleanMyMac X or MacBooster, both highly recommended to improve the speed.