When your Mac is fresh out of the box, it will perform at its best speed. But as the years go by, your computer will become slower and slower.
Luckily, if you perform regular maintenance work on your Mac and avoid it from cluttering up, you can prevent it from becoming slow and underperforming.
Therefore, to help you avoid your Mac from becoming slow and you having to purchase a new one, we will share a list of 10 tips that will help you ensure your computer runs smoothly.
Tip #1: Downgrade From macOS Big Sur
If you have downloaded and installed the long-awaited macOS Big Sur and noticed that it slows down your computer, especially if you own an older Mac, you might want to learn how to downgrade it to macOS Catalina.
The easiest way to do that is by using the Time Machine backup file if you created one before upgrading to the macOS Big Sur. If not, you might want to use specialized software.
Tip #2: Keep a Clean Desktop
Each icon that is stored on your desktop is consuming your Mac’s memory resources. Therefore, if you want to prevent your computer from becoming slow, make sure you don’t let your desktop clutter up. Especially if you work remotely, you probably have a lot of work files on your desktop for quick access.
The best way to keep the desktop clean is to build a habit and remove all of the unnecessary items from the desktop once you are finished using your Mac for the day.
Tip #3: Manage Storage
Free disk space is important if you want your Mac to perform at its best. To keep your computer running smoothly, ensure you have at least 10-15% of free disk space.
To check the current storage situation, go to the Apple menu, click About This Mac, and choose the Storage tab. You might have to wait a minute or two until the data is calculated and displayed.
Tip #4: Uninstall Apps You Don’t Need
Apps can take up a lot of space on your computer, therefore don’t go overboard with them. Once you download some free apps, try them out, and once you see that you will never use them again, uninstall them.
Also, check what you have installed and get rid of the unneeded apps once in a while by reviewing the apps in your Launchpad.
Tip #5: Keep the Downloads Folder Empty
The Downloads folder can become cluttered very fast because it keeps all of the files you download from the internet, including large installation files, images, media files, PDF leaflets, and whatnot.
To make sure you don’t keep any large unnecessary files on your Mac, keep an eye on this folder and remove anything that you don’t plan to use.
Tip #6: Manage Your Photo Library
If you work as a social media influencer or as a visual content creator, your Photo Library will likely be taking a lot of disk space pretty soon.
To avoid that from happening, after you finish a project, take time to delete the pictures that weren’t as good or seem repetitive.
Tip #7: Use Cloud Storage
Once you have removed a bunch of files from your Mac, check your storage space again. If you are still incapable of creating more than 10% of free disk space, which is pretty normal if you are a graphic designer or a photographer, consider using cloud storage.
There are many popular cloud storage options to choose from, such as DropBox or Google Drive. More to it, using cloud storage will give you the ability to access your files from many different devices.
Tip #8: Purchase External Storage Devices
If you live in a place where the internet connection is not stable or travel around the world a lot, using cloud storage might not be the best choice because you won’t be able to access your files any time you want.
A better solution in cases like this is to purchase external storage devices, such as USB sticks or hard drives.
Tip #9: Remove Cache Files
If your Mac is new, cache files are good for you because they help load certain websites and other processes on your computer faster by creating temporary files.
Although, as time passes, these files may clutter up your Mac; thus, it’s best to remove all of the cache files from time to time. If an app needs a cache file to function properly, it will create it again.
Tip #10: Empty the Trash Bin Regularly
Once you are done with freeing up space on your computer, remember to empty the Trash Bin. As long as you have all of the deleted items stored there, they are still taking up storage space on your Mac.
If possible, empty the Trash Bin once you are done using your computer for the day. Also, you can use an option that removes files from the Trash Bin after 30 days automatically.