Mac running slowly? Freezing up? Spinning Beachball of Death?
All Macs begin to slow down with age – MacBook Pro, iMac, it doesn’t matter- and eventually, any Mac is going to fill up with all kinds of garbage that’s consuming resources, memory and disk space.
While Apple devices offer an intuitive & user friendly computing experience, troubleshooting a slow, unresponsive Mac can be a tedious, time consuming, and extremely frustrating experience.
I, like many of you, am no stranger to computers that run slow, and become increasingly frustrating to operate over time. I have spent hours, even days trying to manually clean & optimize my Mac by watching YouTube videos, performing countless google searches, and scouring forums, only to find myself stuck in perpetual WTF!@#$ moments.
Well, if you’re on the other end of countless, frustrating hours of internet searches, and YouTube watching, with nothing to show for it but generic, conflicting “how to’s”, you’re probably ready for someone to just get to the freaking point. Right!? I know I was….
The Point: CleanMyMac X replaces dozens of optimization tools for Mac. It can be anything you tell it to be: a MacOS cleaner, a performance monitor, a malware remover, and well, a life saver.
Common Reasons your Mac’s Running Slow
1. Your hard drive is getting full
Nothing slows down a Mac more than having too much on your hard drive. If you can lighten the load on your Mac, you’re sure to see an increase in speed.
Unfortunately, cleaning your hard drive isn’t as easy as it sounds. Cleaning up old movie files, organizing your Desktop, and searching your Mac for old files you don’t need is the easy part.
However, the hard part is cleaning up your system files, and figuring out all the stuff that can be safely removed for more space.
The best option is to use a Mac cleanup tool, like CleanMyMac X. It cleans up your entire Mac, the easy stuff and the hard stuff. It knows what to clean and where to clean, and is incredibly safe to use. It removes caches, logs, language packs, and more to help you speed up your Mac.
2. Startup is slowing you down
When you start your Mac, a lot of things load up in the background. Not only do they slow down your startup, but they continue to do so the whole time you’re on your Mac.
Improve your Mac startup by removing unnecessary apps. Go to your System Preferences > Users & Groups, and then click on your username.
Now, click on Login Items, click on the name of an application you don’t need to launch during startup, and then click the “-” symbol located below the list to the left; this will remove the application from the list — the fewer applications on the list, the better.
This should help out a ton with speeding up your slow Mac.
You can try the manual route above, or download Clean My Mac X for a faster Mac in a couple of minutes.
3. Outdated MacOS
Your Mac’s OS X is extremely important to overall system performance. An older OS X typically runs slower — that’s why Apple releases new OS X’s every year or so.
The best practice is always having the latest version of MacOS. Head to the Mac App Store and search for any updates. Install it and you’ll probably see a nice performance boost.
If for some reason your Mac is running slow after your MacOS update, don’t panic. It could happen that disk permissions are broken. You can repair them with CleanMyMac X. Download the app and go to Maintenance tab, click “Repair Disk Permissions”.
4. Too much running in the background
Too many background processes can bring ALL processing to a grinding halt, accompanied by a little spinning pinwheel of death.
Activity Monitor (In your Utilities Folder) will show you what processes are using up your system resources. Quitting an app that’s taking up a lot of processing power could make a huge difference in speeding up your slow Mac. Check out the list of apps and processes running on your Mac in real-time.
OR – Armed with Clean My Mac X, every time your Mac stalls, you get a full deck of speedup tools to rely upon: freeing up RAM, running maintenance scripts, managing Login Items, Launch Agents, and Hung Applications. These will lessen your system load and tune the Mac for maximum performance without you having to chase rogue apps using Activity Monitor.
5. Lots of outdated cache files
Cache files come in many flavors: system cache, user cache, app-generated caches and more. User caches (tied to your user account) make up for about 70% of junk on your Mac. Manual deletion method involves a bit of clicking, typing, and most importantly CAUTION.
Locate the main cache folder (Finder –> Type in ~/Library/Caches and press Enter) and drill down into its sub-folders removing all the content stored there. Before you start, you may want to back up the Caches folder as meddling with cache folders can be RISKY.
For a safe, bulletproof solution, you can clean out caches with CleanMyMac X. Install it and click Smart Cleanup. Follow the prompts from there and all system caches will be safely removed.
Fine-tune your whole Mac with 1-click
Now that we’ve reviewed some of the common reasons for a slow Mac, it really comes down to one simple idea: give your Mac some space to breathe.
You can with much time and effort speed up your Mac either manually OR use an app like CleanMyMac to effortlessly revive your Mac back to as good as new.
So, what are you getting then?
You get the Mac you’ve always wanted
- Free up gigabytes of space
- Speed up your Mac
- Uninstall unwanted apps
- Keep your online activity private
- Stay malware-free
4x Faster boot time
2.5xMore responsive apps
5xGigabytes of free space
* Testing conducted using MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) with 512 GB of storage.