What To Do When MacBook Is Running Slow?

Why is my MacBook slow?

We need our computers every day, whether it’s for personal or professional use. MacBook is one of the most loved computers by the users. However, even the best device slows down over time. 

Slow MacBook can pose many problems and with the rise of self-employed people it can slow down your work immensely.


Here Are The Top Reasons Why Your MacBook Might Be Running Slow :

1. There Isn’t Enough Space On Your Hard Drive 

This is a very common thing that slows down MacBooks after few years of usage. After two to three years your hard drive starts to lose free space, especially if it had less space initially. 

The storage problem is pretty much unavoidable even if you have fewer programs in your MacBook. The constant upgrades, file junk from your work, the cache will fill up your hard drive in a course of time. 

If your Macbook has low initial Ram, your Mac OS tend to swap memory disks which can slow down your Macbook a lot. This is especially true for the old model of MacBooks with less hard drive space.

To fix this problem, you can clean up your hard drive. Get rid of files and programs that aren’t needed. 

Be cautious, deleting random files can corrupt system files and make them unreadable. You might lose important data. The best thing is to save everything in the cloud before you proceed to delete files.

To do so you will have to click on the Apple logo. Click on “About This MacBook”, a window will open with several tags on the top. Click on the “storage” tab then “manage”. 

You will find the option of storing your data in iCloud. Click on the “Store in iCloud”. Once your data is secure you can delete the data from your MacBook.

There’s also an option to “optimise storage” which will delete your downloaded iTunes movies, music. It will reduce the high storage taking data from your hard drive.

Don’t forget to empty the trash can to free up space. 

2. Applications That Take Too Many Resources

Some applications running in the background tend to slow your computer down. This applications aren’t always obvious but slow down your computer sneakily. The best way to solve this problem is by quitting these applications.

To identify these programmes what you can do is click on “Finder” then go then “Utilities”. 

Under the utility tab, you can analyse activities of your applications on your Macbook. You can see how much energy they take. How they influence battery life and how much memory they are taking. 

You can click on specific applications to see the individual statistics of each of them. 

When you find the application that’s taking too many resources, you can simply quit those applications.

3. Upgrading Your RAM

If your system RAM is low, after a few years it can slow down your computer. To solve the problem a RAM upgrade can be done.

Macbooks that can have RAM upgrade:

MacBook 2008-2011, MacBook Pro 2009-2012 13in and 2008-2012 15in, any 17in iMac, Mac Pro

MacBooks that can’t have RAM upgrade:

MacBook Pro that has Retina Scanner, MacBook Air, 21.5in mid-2014 to late 2015, Mac mini, iMac Pro

Try to replace your hard drive with an SSD. It will make a huge difference in the interphase. 

SSD are easier to read, do not put pressure on the processor. 

Disclaimer : If you don’t have much knowledge about computers, you should let a professional do the hardware upgrade. 

4. Upgrade Your Mac Operating System

Mac launchers a new operating system every single year. Your Macbook tend to Slow Down after every upgrade. It’s still a mystery to us why that happens but an easy way to fix the problem is to get a system upgrade.

Get the latest version of MacOS and you will see a significant change in the way your Macbook runs.

5. Your Browser Has Too Many Extensions

Too many extension on your browser can slow down page downloading on your computer. 

When you open one page your processor has to do twice or thrice as much work if their many extension enabled. It’s like having many programs running in the background.

To disable the extensions click on the launch Chrome, on the right corner click on the three dots. Go to “more tools”. You will see all the extensions that are turned on, disable them and your MacBook should run smoothly. 

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