6 easy ways to dramatically increase your MacBook’s performance

Is your Mac being sluggish? If it is, there is no need to utilize additional techniques to boost the performance of your MacBook.

You can raise your MacBook’s performance by using several features built directly into MacOS, much like you can increase your Mac’s security.

Reduce visual effects

Reducing Mac visual effects.

A simple trick is at the top of our list. MacOS features a lot of beautiful visual effects, but if you have a low-end machine, this might tax your system’s RAM and CPU. The effects may make your Mac to feel a little sluggish, but you can easily disable them. This is how.

To begin, select System Preferences from the Apple menu in the Menu Bar. Then, select Dock & Menu bar. You may then uncheck the options for Animate opening applications and Automatically hide and show the Dock. Finally, uncheck the Minimize windows using box and change the Genie effect to Scale. To be safe, you should also disable magnification in the dock.

Remove unused apps

removing unused mac apps.

Following that is a simple method involving the removal of unneeded apps. Unused apps can take up space on your Mac’s hard drive or SSD for no apparent reason, leaving you with less space for photos and other apps to store and cache their contents. However, deleting an app is not as simple as it is in Windows, so follow our instructions below.

First, go to the Apple Menu. Then select About this Mac. Storage and Manage should be visible. Click this button, then Applications. Your apps will appear in the list, and you may remove them by clicking the app, followed by Delete at the bottom.

In addition to eliminating useless programs, we recommend deleting huge files using Apple’s own storage monitor. Simply go to the Apple menu, select About this Mac, then Storage, and finally Manage. There will be a link labeled “Reduce Clutter.” To erase huge files and apps from your Mac, use this option.

Change or remove startup programs

Removing startup programs on MacOS.

Is your Mac taking a while to boot? The problem might be some startup applications that are holding your Mac back as soon as you push the power button and log in. For the best experience, we suggest removing startup apps, to ensure you always have a clean boot experience.

To remove startup apps in MacOS, go to System Preferences from the Apple Menu, then go to Users & Groups. Next, choose Login Items. From there, click any unwanted apps in the list and then click the minus button to remove it.

Reindex spotlight

reindexing spotlight in macos.

After you’ve installed a major Mac update, or a security update, your Mac might be feeling a little slow. Usually, this is because Spotlight search is reindexing your hard drive or SSD. In some cases, it might end up getting stuck, so to speed up your Mac, you’ll need to manually reindex again.

To reindex Spotlight, click System Preferences > Spotlight. From there, look for the Privacy tab. Click Privacy and then add Macintosh HD to the list — and then remove it with the minus button. Indexing will start and stop, and your Mac should feel a bit faster.

Update your Mac Software

Updating a Mac via Software Update.

This is an obvious choice, but we also suggest updating your Mac to ensure that it’s not running slow. Of course, not every Mac model is supported by Apple. So, depending on which Mac model you have, you might no longer be seeing firmware and other security updates (which are known to boost Mac performance.) You can check for updates at any time on your Mac by going to the Apple Menu, choosing About this Mac > Software Update.

If your Mac is no longer getting security or software updates, then you might want to physically update it. By that, we mean go buy a new Mac machine. Newer Macs are known to be more efficient and can be quite affordable.

Reset NVRAM

MacBook Keyboard.

Our final advice is a bit more technical, and we don’t advocate it for inexperienced users. However, resetting the nonvolatile random access memory (NVRAM) is a strategy we propose in cases where Macs are behaving strangely. The NVRAM stores display settings, time zone settings, speaker volume, and starting volume selection. However, it is only suggested for advanced users, so experiment at your own risk.

According to Apple, you may reset the NVRAM by shutting down your Mac and restarting it while holding Option, Command, P, and R simultaneously on your keyboard for 20 seconds and then releasing it. If your Mac machine has a startup sound, you can let off of the keys after the second startup sound. You can also release the keys after the Apple logo shows and disappears for the second time on Mac machines with the Apple T2 Security Chip.

Another trick is to reset the System Management Controller (SMC.) This is only for problems with sleep, wake, power, charging your Mac notebook battery, or other power-related symptoms.