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How to Speed Up MacBook Pro Easily

Your MacBook Pro is running slow to a crawl? Don’t worry. This post shows 9 effective tips for you to speed up your MacBook Pro quickly and easily! Check it out…

Your MacBook Pro is running slow to a crawl, and it takes ages for your MacOS to take action? This is frustrating, especially when you count on the execution speed of your MacOS system to finish the tasks.

But don’t be upset. There are something more you can do to speed up your MacBook before throwing out of the window.

Try the tips below to speed up your MacBook Pro:

  1. Upgrade your MacOS
  2. Rebuild Spotlight index
  3. Limit Startup programs
  4. Manage Activity Monitor
  5. Repair disk permissions
  6. Free up more storage space
  7. Clear the caches
  8. Turn off Visual effect
  9. Automatically speed up your MacBook Pro

1. Update your MacOS

If you’re running an old Mac operating system in your MacBook Pro, it will no doubt slow down your system and make it harder to run smoothly and fast.

As Apple keeps releasing updates for MacOS and iOS, updating your MacOS will not only enable you to enjoy the new features, but fix some issues and speed up your system as well.

You can update your Mac software by going to App Store > Updates, check and install the updates.

2. Rebuild Spotlight index

Many Mac users have reported that MacBook doesn’t index Spotlight, or it became slowly indexing, especially after upgrading MacOS. You can rebuild Spotlight index to make your MacBook run faster. To do so:

1) Go to System Preferences > Spotlight.

2) Click the Privacy tab, then drag the folder or disk that you want to index again to the list of location, or click the Add (+) button and select the folder or disk to add.

3) After added, select the folder or disk, and click the Remove (-) button to remove it from the list.

4) Exit System Preference. Then the indexing will start again. It may take some time to finish.

After rebooting, your MacBook should run faster.

3. Limit Startup programs

Too many programs running automatically in the startup can slow down your MacBook, which some of you may have already noticed. So you should limit the Startup programs as possible as you can. To do so:

1) In your MacBook, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.

2) Select your user name and click the Login Items tab.

3) Select the programs that you want to remove in the list, and click the – button.

4) Exit System Preferences. Restart your Mac to apply the changes.

This should help your Mac run faster when booting up.

4. Manage Activity Monitor

Some progress may take up lots of your system resources, including CUP, memory and disk usage. So you should take a look at the Activity Monitor, which shows the processes that are running on your Mac, so you can manage them and see how they affect your Mac’s activity and performance.

1) On your MacBook Pro, go to Finder > Applications > Utilities.

2) Double click Activity Monitor to open it.

3) Check each tab at the top: CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and Network, and see which processes cost much of your system resource, especially for CPU, Memory and Disk.

4) Close the processes that eat up much of your system resources.

This should help you speed up your MacBook Pro. If this doesn’t help, don’t worry, we have other solutions for you.

5. Repair disk permissions

Disk permissions are file settings that influence the ability to read, write, or execute the files. If the file’s permissions are not configured properly, software can’t work properly. So you should check and repair disk permissions. To do so:

1) On your MacBook Pro, go to Finder > Applications > Utilities.

2) Double click Disk Utility to open it.

3) Select a disk, and click the First Aid tab.

4) To check permissions, click Verify Disk Permissions.

5) To repair permissions, click Repair Disk Permissions.

Note: Disk Utility checks a file’s permissions only if the file has a corresponding receipt in /var/db/receipts.

6. Free up more storage space

Cleaning up hard drive has been always considered as a fast and easy way to free up more space and speed up your MacBook Pro. To do so:

1) Click the Apple icon at the upper left corner, and click About This Mac.

2) Click the Storage tab, then take a look at your hard disk usage.

Note: If you are running an older version of OS X you may have to first click “More Info…” and then “Storage”.

3) Click Manage.

4) See the recommendations for optimizing your storage. Apply the optimizations recommended.

Restart your MacBook Pro and it should run faster.

7. Clear the caches

Clearing the caches in your device is one of the common methods to speed up your MacBook Pro, and usually you need to clear both the system caches and the browser caches.

Clear the system caches

You can clear system caches to speed up your MacBook Pro.

1) Click Go > Go to Folder from the menu in the top.

2) Enter the Library folder path: ~/Labrary, then click Go.

3) Scroll down and double click the Caches folder.

4) Select the folders or items that you want to clear, and click the File menu on the top and select Move to Trash.

5) Click Finder on the top menu, and select Empty Trash.

6) Confirm the delete.

Then you can completely clear the cache files from your MacBook Pro.

Clear the browser cache

You should also clear the browser cache to speed up your MacBook Pro. As there are several browsers available, so we will take Safari as an example.

1) Open Safari in your Mac, then click Safari from the top menu, and select Preferences.

2) Click the Advanced tab, and check the box next to Show Develop menu in the menu bar.

3) Click the Develop tab from the menu bar, and select Empty Caches.

By doing so, your MacBook Pro should be running faster.

8. Turn off Visual effect

Visual effects makes your screen look more pretty, but we better focus on the system speed when your MacBook Pro is running slow to a crawl. So it’s suggested to turn off Visual effect in your Mac to run faster.

1) Go to System Preference > Dock.

2) Make sure to Minimize windows using Scale effect.

3) Uncheck these two items: Animate opening applications, Automatically hide and show the Dock.

Reboot your MacBook Pro. This should help speed up your Mac, too.

9. Speed up MacBook with a powerful tool

Manually optimizing your system takes time and computer skills. If you don’t have time or patience, you can also apply a powerful Mac optimization tool to automatically speed up your Mac.

MacClean helps your Mac clean, fast, and secure with cutting-edge technologies and services. In addition to your familiar Mac cleaning and OS system maintaining features, it now arms with privacy and security protections to give you a state-of-the-art Mac experience.

1) Download MacClean in your MacBook Pro, and run.

2) You can clean your system, optimize your MacBook Pro by navigating to the tools on the left menu tools.

3) After optimizing your system, reboot your MacBook Pro to take effect.

Hope this can help speed up your MacBook Pro.

That’s it. Hope this post serves its purpose and help make your MacBook Pro faster.

By Lillian Lai

Lillian, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), is a technology enthusiast, longing to share the technical tips and solutions to computer problems. Also as a person who enjoys writing, she’s found the perfect match for writing and technology. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her either reading or playing mobile games.


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