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How to speed up MacBook Pro: 6 great solutions

Your MacBook Pro is probably your prized possession. You likely live on it, whether it's browsing the internet, doing work, designing, creating, or playing. These machines are meant to be fast and you were no doubt astounded by how quick it was when you first unwrapped it!

Unlike most good things, this doesn't have to come to an end. However, you do need to maintain it to keep it in shape and running at its optimum. The good news is, it's simple to do and we'll show you how.

How to speed up MacBook Pros in no time

  1. Free up space by clearing data. The logic behind this is simple: the more you clear the faster it should run. Go to the Apple logo in the top left, then click 'About this Mac' and choose 'Storage', then 'Manage'. You will then be able to see how much space is being taken up by applications, music, etc., and easily spot any problem areas.

  2. Close down any unused programs. If you're used to running loads of programs at once, this could be the solution that solves all your problems. It's common to keep programs open for days, or even weeks. Go into the app/s you aren't using and choose command+Q to quit. If there are any you don't plan on using in the future you should consider uninstalling them. You can uninstall apps without having to go between different folders using CCleaner for Mac and get the job done in no time!

  3. Find out which apps use the most power. To do this, go to 'Finder', then choose 'Applications', then 'Utilities', select 'Activity Monitor', and look under 'CPU'. Once you know which are the worst offenders, you should definitely consider leaving those off in between uses, and it might be time to update them to keep them running better too.

  4. Stop programs from opening at startup. Having too many open can make for sluggish performance. To check which apps are launching automatically, go to 'System Preferences', then 'Users & Groups', head to the 'Login Items' tab to view the list, and unselect the ones you don't need to be powered up every time. CCleaner for Mac provides an easy way to solve this problem by managing unwanted startup programs that will speed up MacBook Pros considerably.

  5. Check the space on your hard drive. If you've had your MacBook Pro for years you probably have programs and files that you don't use taking up space. An essential factor to speed up MacBook Pros is keeping 20% of your hard drive free. So it's worth checking if your own Mac's drive is too full. If you find some files you think you can remove to free up more space, keep in mind that macOS doesn't delete everything once you delete a file, but CCleaner for Mac actually has a way to sort this out which can benefit both your privacy and security.

  6. Update your macOS.  Apple regularly releases new versions and the updates included will enhance performance and speed up MacBook Pros, making your experience better. What's more, if you don't install the new versions you could miss out on vital security updates. This task is a breeze and you can set your preferences so that updates are installed automatically. To do this, go to 'System Preferences', then choose 'Software Update', and click on 'Automatically keep my Mac up to date'.

We hope you see how easy it is to troubleshoot this issue from the comfort of your couch. There's usually no need to take it to a store or upgrade memory if you keep these maintenance tips in mind. 

To speed up MacBook Pros even more, we created CCleaner for Mac which will keep yours in top condition. While it can't stop you from downloading every tempting app you see, it can help remove hidden, lurking cache and temporary files that can take up valuable space on your hard drive, and manage your apps.

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