How to Stop Sluggish Macbook Performance

A brand new Macbook is going to last for a while. macOS is known for its stability and longevity. However, there will come a time when you notice that the computer is not performing as great as it did in the beginning.

That is not something to worry about as most devices feel sluggish after a few years. And there is certainly no need to think about purchasing a new model. You can do plenty of things to boost the performance, and it may seem like the Macbook is as good as new.

Method #1 – Have Enough Free Disk Space

Lack of disk space is one problem that some people run into while using a Macbook. Sometimes, it is difficult to fit everything in, especially for those who want to keep media like movies or TV shows on the computer rather than use streaming services.

Junk files accumulate over time. Caches and old backups serve no real purpose and only take up precious mac space. If you notice that the lack of drive space is inevitable for your Macbook as well, here are some tips for salvaging the situation before it gets out of control:

  • Transfer some files in Dropbox or iCloud.
  • Get rid of old email attachments and downloads.
  • Buy an external storage device for safekeeping, like a USB memory stick.
  • Delete old applications. Those can be downloaded and installed again.

Method #2 – Add Extra RAM

There is no need to invest a lot of money if you want to improve your performance. Adding extra RAM will do a lot of good for the Macbook. Since there are so many cheap options available, almost everyone can afford to upgrade their hardware.

Method #3 – Purchase an SSD

Similar to RAM, a solid-state drive will also make things better, perhaps even more so. SSDs were expensive at first, but things have changed, and you can get a good deal by doing a little bit of research on the internet.

It is worth mentioning that adding an SSD is not something anyone can do. Since it involves dealing with internal laptop hardware, leaving the work for professionals will be a better option. Otherwise, you risk damaging the computer.

Method #4 – Clean Dust and Dirt


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Junk files are not the only thing that accumulates over time. If you are not careful, the amount of dust and dirt inside may come as a big surprise once you get inside to clean all that filth.

If you notice that the internal fans are making a loud noise or that the Macbook is overheating, it is time for some thorough cleaning. Take your time and get all the dust and dirt you can. And do not turn this into a yearly thing. All that junk should be cleaned more often.

Method #5 – Get a Cooling Pad

A cooling pad is a neat accessory that can function as both a resting place for the computer and a way to deal with high temperatures. Working in summer when it is hot outside and inside becomes a bigger chore when you cannot do the work due to an overheating computer. 

At the end of the day, even if Macbook is great, it can be upgraded even more. And once the summer comes, you will thank yourself for the decision to purchase a cooling pad.

Method #6 – Create a New Profile

If you feel like creating a new profile would be one of the best solutions, go for it. There is a possibility that certain settings in the original profile are compromised or cluttered with out-of-date system logs.

Method #7 – Scan for Malware

Even those who actively dodge shady websites and refrain from downloading or opening unknown files cannot be guaranteed that they are safe from various cybersecurity threats.

Despite various warnings, some people still believe that there is no need to have anti-virus on their Macbook. There is a myth that Macbooks are immune to malware, and after reading one article about it, certain Macbook users believe that is the case.

The reality is quite different. Everyone should have an anti-virus installed. There are free alternatives if you are not willing to pay money. Having such software in the background will prevent malware, viruses, and other threats. 

Method #8 – Update the OS


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New updates are usually a good thing, but there are some cases when switching to the most recent version reduces the performance. If you notice that the problems have started to occur after updating the OS, switch back to the previous version.

Method #9 – Optimize Internet Browser

An internet browser with too many extensions and add-ons will make for a terrible net surfing experience. If you do not have an optimized web browser, add it to the list of things you need to do to get your Macbook running smoothly again. 

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