With each new operating system that comes out every year, Macs are becoming faster than ever, thanks to the system improvements that Apple is constantly working on.
However, if you don’t do the necessary maintenance work on your computer, it will lose its speed and performance over time.
Therefore, in the article that we are sharing today, we want to give you ten short tips for the best Mac performance that will help you take proper care of your computer.
1. Get Rid of Unnecessary Files & Apps
Low disk space is often the reason why Macs become slow. Therefore, you should perform regular maintenance work and remove unneeded files and apps from your computer.
After clicking on the Apple icon in the upper menu, choose the About This Mac option, navigating to the Storage tab, and then clicking Manage, you will be able to see how much disk space is used by specific types of files and delete some of them. For example, if you create a lot of videos for TikTok, these files might be taking up a lot of space on your Mac.
2. Empty Cache Files
Your computer stores three different types of temporary cache files: browser, system, and user cache files. In general, these files are created to make your Mac work faster by loading multiple processes faster.
However, you should empty cache files once in a while because when there are too many, they take up too much disk space and slow down the computer.
3. Review Your Login Items
If your Mac takes a while to start, then you need to edit your login items because you likely have way too many. If you choose to use login items at all, choose only a few.
To edit the list of login items, click the Apple icon, go to the System Preferences, Users & Groups, and edit the list in the Login Items menu.
4. Start Using Cloud Services
If you still have less than 10% of free disk space after deleting multiple large files and uninstalling unneeded apps, it is time to think of other ways to save disk space.
For example, you could start using cloud storage, iCloud by Apple, or such popular choices like DropBox or Google Drive. More to it, using cloud storage will make file sharing easier.
5. Use External Storage Devices
Using an external storage device is the best solution for those who want to create more storage space but cannot use cloud services because of frequent travels or other reasons.
If you cannot ensure a constant connection to the internet, then an external storage device can be a solution. Although, consider keeping your work files on your computer, so you don’t have to connect the external device each time you need to view a file.
6. Empty the Trash Bin Every Day
When you are done with deleting and transferring files, don’t forget to empty the Trash Bin. As long as the files you have deleted are there, they are on your Mac’s disk as well.
More to it, create a healthy habit and empty the Trash Bin every day after you are finished working on your computer.
7. Keep the macOS up to Date
Apple is constantly working on improving the security and performance of the macOS. Therefore, if you want your data to be safe and your Mac to perform well, make sure you don’t skip the updates.
Once forgotten, you can install the update by going to the System Preferences and clicking on the Software Update.
8. Update Your Apps
As Apple releases a new macOS update, app developers also start working on app updates to ensure their best functionality and performance with the newest version of macOS.
Thus you should also make sure that you update both the macOS and the apps, especially the ones you use the most often.
9. Restart Regularly
If your Mac hasn’t been restarted or shut down for a while, it may begin to lag or slow down because of some processes that could not close when you quit apps.
To make sure that your computer runs smoothly, it is healthy for the device to be restarted and shut down regularly.
10. Invest in a Cooling Pad
If you live in a hot environment and even hear a loud fan noise coming from your Mac, it might be because your computer is overheating.
In that case, consider investing in a good cooling pad for your Mac. Not only a loud fan noise is annoying, but it is also unhealthy for your computer and its battery that has limited life cycles.