Do you need to speed your Mac up to help you work more productively, or to prevent annoying lagging when playing games? Either way, you will want to use the four fast tips that will have your Mac running quickly and smoothly below. 

Make the most of your storage 

First of all to make sure your Mac runs as fast as possible you need to make the most of the storage it has. The obvious answer here would appear to be cloud storage, as then you won’t be storing much on your Mac’s hard drive at all. 

However, before you rely wholly on iCloud, it’s worth noting that the automatic syncing process it uses could also end up slowing your Mac down. With that in mind, using additional external storage like a hard drive or memory stick may be the best option.

Cure your Mac of Viruses

Macs are well known for their security, yet cyber threats are evolving all the time, and that means a few could easily slip through the net and start to wreak havoc on your system. 

The good news is that tools like CleanMyMac X can help you identify any stray viruses by scanning for them and then making sure that they are cleaned from your system. Thereby increasing the operating speed of your Mac and safeguarding you from any other nasty consequences that may be involved. 

Bring your OS up to date 

One of the most straightforward, and most useful things you can do to increase the speed at which your Mac runs is to make sure you update your operating system (OS) each year. 

Indeed, Apple releases a new operating system annually to ensure the best performance, and security possible. The OS update for 2021 is named macOS Monterey and is available from the 25th of October. Although you may wish to wait until all the patches have been issued until you upgrade your Mac as this can save a lot of time and hassle in the long run. 

Say bye-bye to files you no longer use 

It stands to reason that if your Mac is chocked full of old files that you never use or access, it will run more slowly. Happily, this is an issue that is easy to resolve as all you need to do is delete them. An action you can perform by accessing Storage>Manage and then pick the Files you want and click Delete. 

Rid your Mac of intensive processes 

Finally, if you want your Mac to run fast you will need to get a handle on any demanding processes that are using up the capacity of your Central Processing Unit (CPU). To identify any problem processes you will need to go to Utilities>Activity Monitor. There you will find lots of info about how your Mac is running. 

For this task, you need to make sure that you have the CPU tab open, and you should be looking for any process entries listed under your User Name. To do this be sure to sort all processes by Usage. Review this list and take note of any processes that are using more than 7% of your CPU and delete them. You should then find that your Mac runs much faster for work and gaming. 

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