How To Optimize A MacBook For Maximum Speed In 2020

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Supposedly, the average lifespan of an Apple product is about 4.3 years. But if you’ve ever owned an Apple product before, then you know that if you take good care of it, it can last you for much longer than 4.3 years.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean those products run as well as the day you bought them. For instance, your 5-year-old MacBook may be a bit sluggish, but still operable.

Is your Mac running a bit slow? Then here’s how to optimize a MacBook in 2020.

Clean up Your Startup Tasks

The more startup tasks you have, the longer it’ll take for your Mac to launch.

Think about it: when you wake up, the more tasks you have to do, the longer it’ll take for you to actually get out the door.

The same concept goes for your MacBook. If you give it a bunch of startup tasks to do, then it’ll take longer for it to be done booting up.

So, take a second to access Login Items through System Preferences. This will allow you to check out all the programs that are on the startup list. Chances are, you don’t need everysingle one.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the unnecessary startup tasks, then you’ll most likely see a significant difference in how quickly your MacBook starts up.

Close Power-Hungry Processes

Along the same lines as cleaning up your startup tasks, you’ll also want to check all the processes that your Mac is currently running. You can do so by opening the Activity Monitor through the Utilities folder.

Here, you can check out everything your MacBook is running at the moment. What you’ll want to focus on is the % CPU column; sort it so it’s in descending order.

Now take a look at your list. Are there any processes that are using up a disproportionate amount of your CPU? If so, then you’ll want to close them.

Get Rid of Apps You Don’t Use

Maybe you downloaded some games or other apps a while ago but didn’t really like them. So they’ve just sat around in your MacBook, taking up precious space.

Well, it’s time to get rid of them!

With regular files, you can just drag them to the Trash bin. But that’s not enough for apps, as it’ll leave behind some files that’ll still take up space.

What you need to do is open Launchpad, press and hold the Option key, or click and hold your mouse on the app. Do either until the apps start jumping around.

Find the x button and click on it to uninstall the desired apps. If you didn’t download the app from the App Store, you’ll need to access it through the Finder.

Delete Unnecessary Browser Add-Ons

Yes, browser add-ons are so cool and helpful (for the most part). But truthfully, do you need every single one or have you gone overboard with them?

This is another opportunity for you to do some “spring cleaning” with your MacBook. Go through all your add-ons and get rid of all the unnecessary ones.

If there are ones that look unfamiliar or malicious, definitely delete those. You may have accidentally downloaded these and they’re draining your Mac’s resources because they’re running some scripts in the background without you knowing.

Empty Your Caches

Whenever you’re browsing on the internet, your MacBook saves cache files. That way, the next time you visit the site, it’ll load quicker because you already have its information.

While this can be great for sites you visit often, it’s essentially useless for sites you’ve gone on once and never will again. Over time, all these cache files can really clog up your laptop’s storage space, which can cause it to slow down.

There’s a very simple fix to this though. Simply find the Caches folder in Library and delete everything within it. Be careful not to delete the Library folder itself, as this may cause issues with your MacBook.

If you do this every once in a while, you can keep your laptop running smoothly.

Reset PRAM/NVRAM and SMC

There are 3 main parts to your MacBook: the parameter random access memory (PRAM), non-volatile random access memory (NVRAM), and System Management Controller (SMC).

The first two are essentially the brain of your laptop, while the SMC is the director or controller. If anything goes wrong with any of these things, then your MacBook may start lagging, showing incorrect information, or even shutting down on its own.

In this case, you’ll want to reset PRAM/NVRAM and SMC. This page will show you how to do so: https://setapp.com/how-to/reset-pram-nvram-and-smc-on-mac.

Update Your OS

In normal circumstances, your MacBook should find and install any updates all on its own. However, you’ll want to double-check by clicking the Apple icon and then “About This Mac.” See if your OS is the latest one.

Update Your Hardware

If you’ve cleaned up everything you can and your MacBook is on the latest OS version, then, unfortunately, you might need to update your hardware.

Doing so will be a costly endeavor, but it may all be worth it in the end when your MacBook is running quickly and smoothly.

Now You Know How to Optimize a MacBook!

By knowing how to optimize a MacBook, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run. Whenever laptops start running slow, many people think that’s the end of it and that it’s time to purchase a new one.

But now you know better. With our tips on optimizing your MacBook, you can use them to perk up your laptop to get a longer lifespan out of it.

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