Macs are fluid machines that pack an impressive performance. Yet time flies by, and before you know it, your Mac is no longer as speedy as it used to be. Luckily, there are a few tricks that you can take advantage of. Without further ado, here is what can be done in order to make Mac feel fresh again.
Granted, keeping it clean won’t show actual boost in performance, but once you stop taking care of your Mac — it will eventually shoot you in the foot.
Login Items are the processes that your Mac immediately runs when it boots up. If you have just recently acquired an Apple computer, and haven’t installed an obnoxious number of apps at once, then you are good. However, the more you’ve been using your MacBook, the higher are the chances that you’ve already got a few apps launching at startup. Login Items are best kept to the point in order to minimize the time your Mac takes to fully boot up and be ready for work. To make changes to the items that will open automatically open upon login go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. By using ‘+’ and ‘-‘ you can add or remove processes from the list.
Note: that deselecting the checkbox will not stop the process from launching, but will only keep it hidden.
As expected, OS X requires you to have sufficient free space on your startup disk to run smoothly. It is advised to keep at least 15% of disk space free at all times. Inherently, that is an approximate number derived from testing on various machines with different storage capacities. As a result, anywhere between 15-20% of free disk space has proven to be sufficient for basic macOS cache, temp files, and maintenance scripts to run.
A much easier way to make you have plenty of space available is to avoid stockpiling files and apps you don’t use or need. For instance, default apps like GarageBand that take significant space and are hardly ever used once by most people. If you are working with raw photos or footage, then your original files are best kept on an external drive to save space on the Mac. By keeping tabs on these things during your daily use, you will avoid major disk clutter that can slow down your computer.
It almost goes without saying — installing the latest and greatest that Apple rolls out for your Mac is practically a must. You do want to stay away from early beta and developer OS X releases, as those are not yet fully optimized, however when a final build is released, make sure to get your Mac up to date.
Updates bring bug fixes, security improvements, build-in app updates, and various quality-of-life changes. If you notice that your Mac has become slower after the update (which is by no means should), then fresh install of the latest OS X should solve the problem.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding Mac computer tune-up apps all over the internet. Unbiased opinions on the subject become a rare find which only makes it more difficult to figure out what these utilities are all about.
Just to be clear, vast majority of the features provided by Mac cleaning apps are not new to OS X. To give you a simple example, let’s look at third-party uninstallers. You can also uninstall apps without the use of the either, sure, but supporting files will still be left behind. Take any standalone uninstaller that you can download for free or the one that comes as a feature to a bigger app like MacFly Pro. Third-party uninstallers come with their own databases that allow them to find and remove these files along with the app itself. Again, free uninstallers come with a smaller database, and won’t provide the same level of accuracy as the one that comes with MacFly Pro for instance. The same goes for other features that tuneup software brings to the table.
Let’s say you’re using MacFly Pro. The app features a set of powerful System Cleaning tools that will help sweep log, cache, and leftover files from your Mac, manage RAM, find duplicates, uninstall apps in bulk, easily locate big files — all that from the interface of a single app. Moreover, it comes with a Smart Assistant that does the dirty work of finding and keeping track of all junk files on your. Smart Assistant will also remind you when it’s time for another cleanup, basically taking the duty off your shoulders.
MacOS comes with a range of features that can help do some basic Mac maintenance, but it also misses a few handy once.
Storage management should not be underrated. There is a lot to it — from cleaning caches every once in a while to removing big files that you hardly ever going to use and everything in between. Some of these are easier done than the other. Locating duplicated file copies, for example, is one of the more challenging tasks and is best done with a help of third-party utility capable tracking files by content rather than name. This kind of utility would fit into any workflow as you will inevitably end up having duplicated file copies on your computer.
To sum up, maintaining your Mac clean helps make sure it performs its best. It’s possible to keep Mac clean manually, though tuneup software helps automate and simplify the process. Even if you prefer singlehandedly maintaining sufficient space and sweeping junk files, you should consider referring to third-party utilities for time-consuming actions that have no built-in alternatives provided by Apple.