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What to do if your Apple Mac computer Runs slowly?

Get help and information on the basic steps that you can do if your Apple Mac computer starts to run slowly.

An Apple Mac computer often runs slowly if the internal storage volume has become slow, this can be due to a hardware fault with a storage volume, or the storage volume has become slow or very slow. Other causes for an Apple Mac computer is an Apple Mac Malware infection, or a task that is running in the background.

What to do if your Apple Mac computer runs slowly?

A slow Apple Mac computer becomes frustrating to use and we have had one client throw their Apple Mac out of a Window by pure frustration. Read and follow our free guide on what to do if your Apple Mac computer runs slowly or suddenly becomes slow.

Read our troubleshooting tips and try some of the suggestions from our Apple Mac computer engineers on how to speed up a slow or very slow Apple Mac computer.

If your Apple Mac computer has become slow or very slow, there are some steps that can be done to try to speed up a slow Apple Mac computer.

  • The Apple Mac computer storage volume has become full.
  • A application is causing the computer to use more memory than the Apple Mac computer has available.
  • The Apple Mac computer is running a background process which is causing the CPU microprocessor to slow down.
  • A Apple Mac computer virus is causing the Apple Mac computer to become slow or very slow.
  • The Apple Mac computer has a hardware problem causing the Apple Mac computer to become slow.

How to troubleshoot a slow Apple Mac computer.

The best way to troubleshoot a slow Apple Mac computer is to first make a backup of your data, ideally by using Apple Time Machine to back up the storage volume.

Make a backup of the Apple Mac computer.

  1. Make a backup of the Apple Mac computer to an external storage volume.
  2. Use a backup storage volume that is 0 to 4 years old only.
  3. Use the built in Apple Mac backup solution – Apple Time Machine to fully backup a Apple Mac computer.

How to use Apple Time Machine backup on your Apple Mac computer.

You can back up an Apple Mac computer using the built in Apple Time machine software to:

Either an external storage volume • to as NAS (network attached storage volume).

The external storage volume can be a USB-C drive with a USB adaptor cable for older Apple Macs.

Thunderbolt external drive for the ultimate backup speed, however USB C today is cost effective!

The storage drive technology can be either SSD (solid state drive) or a conventional mechanical drive.

  • Choose an SSD external backup storage volume if you travel with a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro laptop computer!
  • If you are good at dropping things, we all drop something at times, then if you are travelling with a Apple MacBook Air
  • It makes sense to use a SSD solid state drive vs a mechanical storage drive for your Apple Time Machine backup!
  • IF you have 1Tb of internal storage on your Apple Mac computer, we recommend a 2Tb storage volume.

Start by optimising the storage volume on the Apple Mac computer.

  • Use the built in Apple Mac computer storage maintenance tool to help optimise the internal storage volume.
  • Review the Downloads Folder and move any files that you no longer need to the Bin or Trash icon.
  • Delete the Mobile Applications Folder from the Apple iTunes / Apple Music Folder.
  • Untick the Logs connection activity from the Apple Mail • Windows • connection doctor window.
  • Delete the Apple Mail connection activity window log files to the Bin / Trash.
  • Optimise the Apple Mac computer memory and CPU performance.

Follow our quick and simple way to optimise the memory and CPU performance on your Apple Mac computer.

  • Quit all of the applications that are running on the Apple Mac computer.
  • Click and hold down on a Icon in the dock and choose the options keep in dock.
  • Quit all of the applications in the dock, apart from the first icon in the dock which is the Finder.

The blue and white icon in the dock is called the Finder which cannot quit.

The Apple Mac computer will make more memory available after quitting an application.

Remove any applications that are starting up with the Apple Mac computer.

Remove any applications that are starting up with the Apple Mac computer.

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Open the Apple menu System Preferences and choose • Users and Groups and • Login Items.

MacOS Users and Groups dialog box showing the items that will open automatically when you log into a user account on the Apple Mac computer.

Unlock the Users and Groups control panel by clicking on the padlock symbol.

The padlock icon can be clicked on to Unlock the padlock to make changes.

Click on the – symbol to remove all of the items from the list.

Click on the – symbol to remove all of the items from the list.

Close down all of the windows on the Apple Mac computer and choose the Apple menu Restart …

Make sure you untick the option to “Reopen Windows When logging back in

Now Restart the Apple Mac computer.

This will optimise the performance of the memory of the Apple Mac computer.

Is 8Gb enough memory for Apple Mac computers?

Most Apple Mac computers have 8Gb of memory, which is enough memory to use the pre-installed applications that come with the Apple Mac computer, and 8Gb is fine with the MacOS Monterey operating system software. If you need to use a professional application, then 8Gb might not be enough memory.

To improve the performance of an Apple Mac computer, install more memory if the Apple Mac computer supports a memory upgrade.

For Apple Mac computers that have 2Gb of 4Gb of memory for the best memory performance use the Apple MacOS operating system version MacOS El Capitan or Apple MacOS High Sierra. Using Apple MacOS Mojave.

On a 4Gb memory Apple Mac computer, MacOS Mojave operating system software can cause the computer to become slow or very slow. consider purchasing a new Apple Mac computer if you need the best computer performance and the best Apple Mac computer security.

What is the first task to do if an Apple Mac computer runs slowly?

If a Apple Mac computer runs slowly, the first task or tasks are to close down or quit all of the applications that are open, including tabs from your website browser, and then restart the Apple Mac computer.

What is the best way to speed up an Apple Mac computer?

The best way to speed up a Apple Mac computer for an older Apple Mac computer, is to upgrade the memory, and also use a Flash storage technology, depending on the Apple Mac computer model
For a newer Apple Mac computer that has become slow, the best way to speed up the computer is to perform Apple Mac computer maintenance.

How can I get help with a slow Apple Mac computer near me?

Keith Thomas – Apple Specialist provides a same day and a same hour Apple Mac computer maintenance service in the UK by Remote Mac Support service, and by onsite Apple Mac computer support service across Surrey Hampshire Berkshire Wiltshire London and to some areas and locations in Dorset and Somerset.

To further boost the performance of an Apple Mac computer use a SSD solid state storage drive if possible.

For Apple Mac computers that are 2014 or older, Apple no longer provides any support for the vintage Apple Mac computer models. So, if you need to boost the performance of an older Apple Mac computer. Most local computer shops will be happy to upgrade a older Apple Mac computer from SATA to SSD.

Did you know that a SSD solid stage storage volume will give a SATA Mac a 66% to 70% speed performance improvement over a SATA storage volume?

How to get help if you Apple Mac computer runs slowly?

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