Managing Your Mac: 10 Tips To Maintain Your Apple’s Performance

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For most people, an Apple MacBook is the ultimate laptop. They’re quick, reliable, and boast the iconic logo while the potential compatibility issues of the past are now all but gone. Nonetheless, if you want to get the best performance out of your Apple device, it’s vital that you focus on a few simple ideas.

From new additions to basic maintenance and a change of approach, these 10 ideas are sure to work wonders. Incorporate them ASAP, and you will see a noticeable difference. Let’s get started.

#1. Respect The Need For Protection

A lot of people still believe the false promise that Mac’s cannot get infected by viruses, malware, and ransomware. This is wildly inaccurate and Apple devices can still be compromised by hackers and fraudsters. Ensuring that you are prepared for potential cyber attacks is an essential step en route to overcoming any problems that you could face.

Safety should come first at all times, and the health of your MacBook shouldn’t be any different. If nothing else, it’ll give you peace of mind.

#2. Run System Updates

The MacBook’s OS operating system is of huge significance and will have a telling impact on the performance of your device. Those using an outdated device may not want to update to macOS Mojave. Still, those that can consider this upgrade. Meanwhile, the regular updates as prompted by the MacBook are offered for good reason. Use them.

This task is of particular importance when you want to use your MacBook for more advanced tasks. Or when using software that was released after your current operating system.

#3. Use The Disk Utility

The disk utility feature is found inside the utility folder of the Applications folder. Running it on a quarterly basis can be viewed as an MOT or service for your hard drive and system. Checking that everything is running smoothly and rectifying any minor issues is key. In turn, you will stand a far better shot at keeping your MacBook in better condition for the long haul.

It can be easy to forget doing this task, but setting up a schedule will give you the best shot at doing just that.

#4. Only Use Quality Peripherals   

If you have a hard drive disk or wish to plug in your camera or iPhone, be sure to use the official cables that are supplied with those devices. More importantly, you should only use the official Apple charger. If you break yours, investing in an authentic replacement is vital. Choosing an inferior product will only lead to serious problems further down the line.

In some cases, it’s possible that using unofficial brands may invalidate your warranty too. This is something no Mac owner wants to encounter.

#5. Free Up Storage Space Where Possible

MacBook’s do boast a fairly decent hard drive size, but a significant percentage will be taken up by the system and obligatory Apps. So, the available space will rapidly fade. Thankfully, you can make a big difference by targeting the right areas. The files that fall under the other storage category should be top of the agenda. Get it right, and the MacBook will perform faster.

Other simple tricks like deleting the data relating to your old smartphone can be a very useful step too.

#6. And Outsource Files Too

In addition to organizing your MacBook and reducing the clutter, you may want to consider an external hard drive. This is a particularly good idea for storing items that you may not need on a regular basis, such as photographs and videos. In addition to ensuring that your laptop can perform to its full potential, you’ll have access to the files even if you change computer in a few years.

Using the Cloud is naturally a very popular solution too. Your choice between the two is largely a matter of personal preference.

#7. Keep It Physically Clean

Good organisation and regular clean ups of files are crucial, but you should not ignore the need to inspect and clean the physical elements too. After all, your laptop can pick up a lot of dirt and dust while moisture can completely ruin the laptop. A good carry case will help protect it in transit or when not in use, but you should use specialised wipes too.

In addition to protecting the performance of the MacBook, it allows you to fully enjoy the benefits of a device that will look brand new for years to come.

#8. Upgrade The Ram

While upgrading desktop computers is commonplace, doing the same with laptops is far less frequent. However, the RAM of your MacBook is one item that could do with an upgrade. This is especially true if you are running on 4GB right now. This is a job that needs to be completed by a professional, though, as mistakes could be very costly indeed.

Still, upgrading the RAM should lead to increased speed, performance, and reliability. It’s far cheaper than upgrading to the latest MacBook.  

#9. Shut The Apps You’re Not Using

MacBooks are powerful devices, and are capable of running multiple applications at once. However, they will all take their toll on the speed and performance of your device. While this is only a temporary issue, it can be frustrating, which is why you must learn to close Apps that aren’t being used. Once you embrace this habit, you will see noticeable difference.

On a similar note, it’s worth closing unnecessary tabs that are running on your Firefox, Safari, or Chrome browser.

#10. Protect The Battery

We’re all guilty of taking things for granted and doing things we shouldn’t. While common mishaps lie failing to eject your external USB devices probably won’t cause too much damage. However, ignoring the need to turn your MacBook off at night will kill the battery over time. Given that this is a costly repair job, avoiding this threat at all costs is key.

Meanwhile, you should consider a stand or alternative methods to ensure that the battery will air during usage.

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