10th May 2019 | Guides, MacBook 5 Ways You Can Maintain Your MacBook’s Performance For many of us, our computers are an extension of ourselves. We rely on them for work, study and leisure and often feel lost if we are without them. For that reason, it’s vital that you take some straightforward steps to maintain your MacBook’s performance. After all, a happy MacBook means a happy you! Make sure you read on to find out how you can keep your device ticking along nicely and ensure that it continues to serve you well, now and in the future. Keep an Eye on Your Storage One of the great things about the various MacBook models is their whopping storage capability. The newer machines come with either 256GB or 512GB of SSD space; which for many of us is more than enough. However, if you’re a storage fiend and are regularly having to delete files to make room for other documents, then this applies to you. To keep a device running smoothly, you should be leaving roughly 10% of the storage space free, although the more, the merrier! This means 25GB if you have a 256GB machine, or 50GB if you have a 512GB machine. If you are approaching maximum capacity, there are a number of options for rectifying this. Firstly you could have a clean out, either using a cleaning app or by going through yourself and deleting old files. Secondly, you could transfer old files that you may still need (photos, music etc.) to an external hard drive. This way you can still access them without needing to hold them on the disk space. Finally, you can use a cloud-based storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox to transfer some of your old files. This will allow access from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection) and mean you don’t have to carry a hard drive with you. Background Services and Utilities If you have background operations on your MacBook, chances are these are going to be slowing your machine down. Printers, Bluetooth and cloud-based services will all contribute to sluggish machine performance. Try closing these down and turning them off when they aren’t in use as this will keep your machine speedy! These will appear in your navigation bar at the top of the screen, next to the wifi symbol. These will also impact on your machine’s battery consumption, so it’s a double benefit. Make Sure You Have Anti-Malware Despite MacBooks being one of the most popular laptop machines in the world, the myth that they are not vulnerable to malware still prevails. Granted, the Mac OS is more secure than PCs, but this doesn’t mean viruses can’t get in. As MacBooks grow in popularity, so too does the number of threats to the devices. We highly recommended that you install anti-malware on your MacBook from an established and well-known provider. Even basic software is better than nothing and will keep your MacBook safer and performing as it should be. Update Software Promptly Updates, for the most part, are self-explanatory with Apple and other developers releasing new updates for the OS and your favourite apps. These are designed to keep them optimised for devices, add new content and fix any previous bugs. Updates can often improve device performance when using specific software, especially if the developers have focused on optimising for a device, so it’s always advisable to keep up to date. That said, occasionally there can be usability issues that plague the new updates and are found once the new versions have already been rolled out. Needless to say, this can cause widespread panic from both developers and users, but these issues are often fixed soon. Leaving it a couple of days before updating to a new version will allow them to work out the bugs and help you avoid any issues. Empty Your Caches Cached files are files that are stored on a temporary basis when browsing websites so that the next time you visit the same site, it will load faster. This is great in principle, but if you spend a lot of time surfing the web, chances are you visit a bunch of websites that you have no intention of visiting again. These sites will still be saved in your cache and take up a small amount of space, therefore, over time your cache will fill and slow your machine down. Making an appointment to clear your cache on your browser regularly, and other relevant software, will speed up your MacBook and keep you surfing longer! If you have any top tips for keeping your machine performing at it’s best, let us know in the comments section, or comment on our Facebook or Twitter posts! And, if you’re looking to upgrade your device, make sure you check out our range of second hand Apple computers for sale.