Mac slow – Is your Mac is running slow..? Check six common reasons.

Is your Mac running slow?

It goes without saying that Apple Mac devices are known for their superb speed and easy interface. But, if you have been using your device for many months without scheduling a proper maintenance or servicing, you may experience considerably slower speed. What is the possible way-out? Is an expert Mac repair the only solution? Or you, yourself, can tune it up?

Well, I am going to discuss a few important things today through this blog that will help you get rid of Mac slow without spending a penny from your pocket. However, if the steps mentioned below do not seem to be helping you get the proper speed, you might need a servicing for your beloved device. Read on…

1. Indexing by Search Application: Heard of this before? If not, let me explain what it is actually, and what it does to your system. Search Spotlight is basically a search engine built into Apple’s Mac devices. It allows you to search things faster. But for this reason, at first, it makes indexes of all files and folders on your computer so that whenever you ask for them, they can be presented to your in a jiffy.

At the time when indexing is going on, it can slow down your Mac. It can be quite frustrating and at times when don’t know that it is the indexing that is causing the slower speed. Even in the case when you know that file-indexing is making your computer slow, it becomes unbearable to wait for it finish. It practically seems bothersome when your Mac starts indexing every time you reboot your system. If your Mac has SSD, the slowness doesn’t come typically, but the presence of spinning hard disk drives can cause running into slower speed.

How to check if it is running: You can easily check if it is the Spotlight that is causing this slowdown. Simply click its menu at the upper right corner. Now look for indexing status bar, this is where you get the information.

2. Software Update Running: Another significant cause of a considerably slower speed can be the application update processes. You know it all that your computer keeps downloading various updates to ensure better security of your device. It connects to the update software everyday to check for any newer updates, and downloads them if there is/are any.

OS updates or application update processes could be the possible reason causing slowdown of your system. These programs run basically in the background, so at most of the occasions, you don’t even know about it.

How to check if it is running: You can easily check it by Software Update notification popping at your desktop. It is advisable to let it run, as it keeps your system up to date with the latest security definition.

3. Low Disk Space: No matter what computer system you are using, whether a Mac or a Windows based device, the low availability of disk space can always affect the overall speed. Let me explain the technicality involved into it.

When you open an application, it creates cache files which let it interact with the operating system. Now, for multiple reasons, it may need to swap those files from RAM to the hard drive and vice-versa. In the case of lower memory on the hard disk, such actions usually take longer period than usual. You may need to delete all those swap files prior to the generation of newer ones. If not, trust me you could be hitting your head hard at the pathetic speed of your Mac.

How to know if it is the problem: You have to check the availability of space in the hard disk, which is not a difficult thing to do. All you have to do for this is to open the drive, and click on ‘view’ menu. Select ’Show Status Bar’. Now here at the bottom of the window, you will now see the amount of space available. If the space is less than 2 to 3 GB, it means you have to take necessary action.

Solution: The best effective solution you have is to delete unnecessary files that are no longer useful to you.  Clean your download folder if you think those downloaded files are not needed anymore. Uninstall the programs that you do not run.

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4. Out of RAM: It is the most common cause of a considerably slower speed of any computer. You must be aware that the RAM (Random Access Memory) is an integral part of an overall computer system, running out of it would definitely lead to slowness. A Lower or limited memory on your Mac can result in frequent freezing of your device. In case your RAM is full, it will need to store all data to the hard drive only. It will obviously create another action of copying all files from RAM to hard disk.

How to Know: You may be wondering how you can know about it. You can simply open the ’Activity Monitor’ from Applications/Utilities/ folder by clicking at ’System Memory’ tab located at the bottom. See the pie chart and find out if you can spot any green area. In case you don’t, it means you are fully running on low space of your RAM.

Solution: Removal of apps that are of no use and re-launching of those that you are using much space is a good solution. Safari, Chrome, and Firefox are the major web browsers that take more consumption of RAM. The more they are kept open the more they consume your RAM’s capacity. There are also certain websites causing certain amount of memory leaks. Practically, most of the consumption of RAM takes place while quitting and reloading the web browsers.

5. High Processor Utilization: Whenever you run an application, your computer makes use of its central processor unit. It’s the most common phenomenon that is known to everybody. But, when the use of the processor reaches an extreme level, it slows down the speed of running applications. There may be a variety of applications taking up the CPU space and it s capacity. In certain cases, you may find that an application has gone wild and it has started taking up the maximum usage of CPU.

How to find out if it is the reason: Go to ‘Activity Monitor’ from the Applications/Utilities/, click on the ‘CPU’ tab at the bottom area of the window. If you notice that the number of percentage free capacity is consistently below 60 or so, you need to check the application that may be eating up all your processor capacity.

Solution: Right in the Activity Monitor, click the ‘CPU’ option. Locate the process at the top, it might be the reason behind your Mac’s slower speed. Quit the program or to kill the process if you are not using it.

6. Many Applications Open at the Same Time

Opening so many applications at the same can slow down the speed of your Mac. It practically depends also on the capacity of your RAM.

How to Know: If your computer has many applications installed uselessly, you do not need to check for anything. They are the reasons, remove the useless apps.

Solution: If you are not using an application, quit it.

If you are not able to fix Mac Slow or restore the speed of your device even after following the above steps, you need to go for Mac Repair Services. We are certified professionals to carry out all types of Apple Mac repairs. Contact us today to know more. 

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