One of the most common questions we get from Mac users usually goes something like: “I used to think that it won’t happen to my Mac. I take good care of it. Why is my Mac so slow then?”.

Users often choose Macs for their simplicity, efficiency and reliability. So, when your Apple MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or MacPro starts to upset you with apps that take longer to respond than before, slow speed on startup and the spinning pinwheel icon appears more frequently than it used to before – it’s time to act! Luckily, buying a new Mac computer isn’t the only solution to fix a slow Mac. A better way to address the issue of your poorly performing Mac is to start with a cleanup routine.

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What’s making your Mac running slow and hot? Check out the most common reasons.

Why is your Mac running slower? Is the process reversible? Which are the most important use considerations? The following are the most common culprits:

  • You have too many default apps that load on startup of your system
  • There are too many unnecessary processes running in the background
  • You are a prolific cloud app user, resulting in your Mac storing many duplicate copies of files you work with
  • Your Mac’s operating system or key applications haven’t been updated in some time
  • Too many junk apps are installed on your Mac that do little more than take up space

The above system troublemakers often result in your Mac running very slow. You might start noticing little glitches when loading websites or YouTube videos, longer response time from your most used applications, Safari (or any other web browser you use), your Mac can simply freeze or crash, displaying a crash report popup afterwards. These are the signs that your beloved computer has joined the club of slow MacBooks. Luckily, this membership can be cancelled!

Learn how to fix a slow Mac on your own

How can you improve the performance of a slowing Mac? Keeping your Mac up to date and free of resource hungry background processes can take up a lot of your valuable time, but there are several routines that can help. A few adjustments to your daily routine can potentially speed up your Mac.

Periodically (in the worst cases, constantly) you will need to develop routines to:

  •  clear browser cache, more frequently if you are an active internet and cloud app user
  •  clear your Downloads folder often and organize useful files in different folders
  •  uninstall applications you haven’t used in longer than a couple of years (advanced Mac users should also manually look for and delete folders these apps had created)
  • check Activity Monitor to be aware of all apps and processes running to prevent potential system overload
  • keep an eye on system updates and regularly monitor your apps for updates, paying attention to whether new versions are out and whether they are compatible with your Mac
  • remove duplicate media (including photo, music and video files) created by the apps you use
  • empty all trash folders (not forgetting application trash folders)

So, after few rounds of manual system cleanups you will likely say something like: “I know what is making my Mac slow, but at the same time I have no idea how to fix it and make the results last”.