Why Mac slows down over time

01_slow_macIt is common for Mac users to bare the frustration of a sluggish and increasingly irresponsive processor which is the product of months (probably years) of neglect that the device has received at your hands. There are many reasons why Macs get sluggish with time. Some of the most common of these reasons are listed below:

  1. Insufficient free disk space
  2. Huge numbers of Unnecessary and useless files
  3. Multiple applications that serve similar functions
  4. Caches and log files that have been ignored for months
  5. Application components left on hard drive as a result of trashing

The best tips on how to speed up a slow Mac

If you are looking for the best ways to reinvigorate your slow Mac, the following tips can be of real help to your cause. Therefore, it is worth your gain to read them carefully and learn:

Hardware upgrade works best

memory upgrade

If you are thinking of the best way to speed up your aging Mac, upgrading the hardware is one option that really helps. However, it requires a sizeable investment, especially if you want to increase storage capacity or virtual memory. Still, a hardware upgrade has no other substitute and it can really optimise the performance of your Mac beyond your expectations.

Recover Hard Disk space


If a hardware upgrade (which is the costliest option available) is well beyond your budget, you need not get disappointed. There are a lot of other means by which you can optimize your Mac’s performance. A fully loaded hard drive that has less than 10% of available free space will considerably slow down your Mac. You can try the following tips to free up your hard drive:

  • Check the applications folder – It is customary for Mac users to install applications that are of little use to them. Software that is a one-time usage ends up as a chunk of isolated and useless data that only takes up space. You can review the applications folder to check the files that you use least frequently. If you think that you are not likely to use them anymore, they are better off being uninstalled.
  • Delete unused language packs – Native Americans seldom make use of the many installed languages that Mac has installed within it. If you are sure that you will not need these languages, you can simply delete them.

Speed Up Slow Applications

Multiple applications running simultaneously in the background eat up a major part of your virtual memory. If you have installed two or more softwares that serve a similar purpose, it is better to retain just one and let go of others. It also helps to remove those applications from the start up schedule that are not critical.

Clean Up Your Desktop

Last but definitely not the least important step is to clear your desktop of unused files that are least frequently accessed. A desktop decorated with tens of hundreds of icons will causes performance problems for your Mac because its OS is designed to treat each desktop icon as a separate window. This affects virtual memory.