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A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Macbook’s Performance in 2021

An older Macbook will not perform as great as it did when you first bought it.



A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Macbook’s Performance in 2021

An older Macbook will not perform as great as it did when you first bought it. Some Mac users go as far as not bothering anymore and buying a new computer. While that is an option, you should not be so hasty. 

  • #1 – Have Enough Free HDD Storage
  • #2 – Disable Visual Effects
  • #3 – Optimize Web Browser
  • #4 – Add New Hardware
  • #5 – Get a Cooling Pad
  • #6 – Remove Filth Inside Computer
  • #7 – Keep Tabs on Background Applications
  • #8 – Use Reliable Antivirus

There are ways to boost your Macbook’s speed, and it does not involve replacing the current computer. Look at the recommendations below and create a strategy that helps maintain the Mac in good condition.

Recommendation #1 – Have Enough Free HDD Storage

Starting with your hard drive is a good approach. The available storage for Macbook users is not the best, and some struggle to keep all the data on the computer. 

The system accumulates temporary backups and other junk files. You can use a cleanup utility tool to remove temporary junk. You should also keep an eye on old applications, email attachments, and downloads and remove them regularly.

Getting rid of files is not the only way to free up Macbook drive storage. Transfer your data to Dropbox, iCloud, and external storage devices, such as memory sticks.

Finally, if you consume a lot of media, do so on streaming platforms like Spotify, Netflix, and Disney+. There will not be a need to keep large media files on the Macbook.

Recommendation #2 – Disable Visual Effects

A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Macbook’s Performance in 2021

Visual effects are a hindrance, and more pragmatic Macbook owners do not bother enabling them in the first place. While gimmicky features like a backlit keyboard or animated openings for the Dock seem like a nice addition to have, these and other visual effects are a hindrance to Macbook’s resources. If you are aiming to improve your computer’s performance, then do not hesitate and disable visual effects.

Recommendation #3 – Optimize Web Browser

A poor internet browser performance can get on your nerves quite fast. After all, we rely on the internet for work and entertainment, and if the browser crashes, freezes, and fails to load sites, getting to the bottom of the problem should be a priority.

First, check the browser. It may be that you have installed too many extensions. Clearing the cache helps as well. 

If there are no issues on the browser’s end, look at the computer. Clearing system junk, decluttering the desktop, and simply resetting the Mac should help.

You also have an option to try a different browser. There are multiple available options, and all the popular browsers are free. 

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Recommendation #4 – Add New Hardware

A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Macbook’s Performance in 2021

New hardware is cheaper than spending money on another computer. The most popular pieces of hardware are RAM and solid-state drives. The latter is an excellent way to boost the performance by replacing your current hard drive.

It may be worth waiting for the holiday season and sales if you are not in a hurry. On the other hand, if you want to change the way your Mac runs right now, buy new hardware at your earliest convenience.

Recommendation #5 – Get a Cooling Pad

Overheating is a common issue for older Macbooks. The internal fans cannot keep up, and it does not take too long before your internal hardware starts to overheat. And this particular issue becomes even more apparent when you are stuck in a poorly ventilated room. 

A cooling pad is a neat accessory that relieves the pressure from the Macbook fans and prevents potential threats to the internal hardware. The accessory is relatively cheap and is a good investment considering what it provides.

Recommendation #6 – Remove Filth Inside Computer

Dust and dirt inside the Mac are another problem that can lead to internal hardware problems. If you hear a loud noise coming from the Macbook, or if the computer starts to overheat even when the system is not overloaded with processes, it may mean that there is too much filth inside the computer.

If you are not that keen on taking the Mac apart and removing the dust inside yourself, look for a local service store and leave the work in the hands of professionals. The bottom line is that all the filth that accumulates inside the Macbook should be removed regularly.

Recommendation #7 – Keep Tabs on Background Applications

A Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Macbook’s Performance in 2021

Your Mac has a finite amount of resources. Keep closer tabs on the Activity Monitor and check which processes are consuming the most memory and CPU. If you do not need to use these applications, then there is no real point having them consume the system’s resources, right?

Recommendation #8 – Use Reliable Antivirus

The threat of malware and viruses exists even if Macbooks are known for their security. Do not put yourself at risk and leave everything to chance. Get reliable antivirus and run in the background all the time to detect and eliminate potential threats before these threats infect the Macbook.

Got More Time? Reinstall macOS

These quick steps may help rectify some of the issues that reduce your computer’s performance, but they can only go so far. To really improve performance, consider reinstalling macOS for a squeaky clean Mac.