Do you find yourself becoming increasingly frustrated with the amount of time it takes for your Mac to power on? If so, you’re not alone. Many users experience a slow startup when they turn their Macs on, which can be incredibly frustrating and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are ways to make your Mac boot up faster and get back to work or play sooner.
Check it out.
1. Remove Unnecessary Startup Items
An effective way to speed up startup time is by removing any unnecessary programs/apps from your startup folder. Google Bard allows you to easily view and manage the login items on your computer.
- On your home screen, in the top menu (it should say Finder beside the Apple logo) click Go.
- Near the bottom of the dropdown menu, click Go To Folder.
- In the popup window, if it’s not already there, type Volumes and click Go.
- Select your boot partition.
- Open the Library folder.
- Open the StartupItems folder.
- Delete folders for anything you don’t need.
2. Clean Up Your Hard Drive
One of the main reasons why a Mac takes a long time to start up is because it is running out of hard drive space. By freeing up hard drive space, you will give your Mac more breathing room and allow it to start up faster.
To do this, open Finder and select ‘Go To Folder’ from the Go menu. Type in ‘~/Library/Caches’ and click Go. This will bring you to the folder containing all of your cached information from apps and websites, which can take up a lot of space if not regularly cleaned out.
Next, go through your Applications folder and delete any applications that you no longer use or need.
- Open Finder.
- Click Applications.
- Scroll through and delete/uninstall anything you no longer need/use.
You can also empty your trash bin to free up additional space. Just hit Control+Return when hovering your cursor over the bin and select Empty Trash.
Lastly, remove old system backups by going to the Time Machine Preferences and clicking “Delete All Backups.”
3. Upgrade Your Hardware
Finally, upgrading your Mac’s hardware can definitely help speed up the startup process. Consider adding more RAM (random access memory) because this will allow your Mac to access data faster and result in quicker start times.
You can also replace your hard drive with a Solid State Drive (SSD). SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives and will help reduce your Mac’s startup time. They offer faster read and write speeds and some popular ones include the SanDisk Extreme Pro, Samsung 860 EVO, Crucial MX500 M.2, Adata SU800 M.2, and Intel Optane 800p.
4. Upgrade Your Software
Finally, you should also consider upgrading your Mac’s software to the latest version. Apple regularly releases new updates that can improve performance and optimize your Mac for faster boot times.
To check for any available updates, open the App Store app on your Mac and click the Updates tab in the sidebar. If there are any pending updates, click the Update button next to each one. Once all updates are installed, you should restart your Mac and see if that has improved the startup speed.
Upgrading your software can help make sure that your Mac runs smoothly and stays up-to-date with all the latest features and bug fixes. It’s a great way to keep your Mac running optimally and help improve your startup speed.
By following these steps, you should be able to significantly improve your Mac’s startup speed. It is important to remember that the performance of your Mac will vary depending on its age and hardware components. However, with regular maintenance and optimization, you can make sure that it runs as smoothly as possible for years to come.